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  1. Display hexadecimal values in all capital letters, it would be easier to read.

    In the watch window your displaying hexadecimal values in lowercase. It's annoying. I have to squint to see the individual letters. So, very simply put, please display hexadecimal letters in the watch window in uppercase letters just like you do in registers window. Or at least make it configurable. Thanks for reading.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add a SQL visualizer to the list of visualizer options when debugging

      As the title suggests. A SQL visualizer could provide a nicely formatted/color-coded view of SQL text. It would be a nice quality of life improvement and should help to better identify issues in SQL code while debugging.

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        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support standard HTML/CSS/JS development without unwanted junk

        As a client-side developer working with non-Microsoft servers, I want to use VS for HTML/CSS/JS, without having any unwanted tools forced on me.

        ASP.NET? No thanks.
        MS SQL? Not using it.
        Azure? Already using something else.

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          0 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Microsoft.Reporting.WebForms.LocalReport support for .net core

          It will be good to seperate LocalReport and LocalReport.Render out of Webforms dependency. And better yet create a .net core component just for LocalReport and rendering.

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            0 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • show a "selected" register in binary digits

            Show at least 1 register in binary digits form with the click of a mouse or tick of a box. Showing 2 registers in binary digits, stacked one above the other, would be an excellent addition to Visual Studio as well. In summary, more support for binary visualizations in the IDE.

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              0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Adding #if UNSAFE

              Would be nice if one had the opportunity of using unsafe code if the project allows it and use other(but slower) code if its not. (Automatically)

              I thought about something like #if UNSAFE like #if DEBUG

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • introduce the option to play a sound on the computer when a solution build is complete

                Introduce the option to play a sound on the computer after long running visual studio operations are complete. The 2 I would use immediately is after a build or when the "Updating Source Control... " functions are complete. This way, I can walk away and listen for activity instead monitoring it.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Enable the new project file format/functionality in Reporting Services projects

                    I was super excited about the new project file format that would 'auto-magically' see files added to a project folder and 'add' them to the project in VS. However, I was disapointed that this was only avalable for certain project types. I'm hoping the SSDT team can pick up these changes and add it to the rptproj format.

                    We do primarily SSRS report development, and have 8 people working on the same solution. We've got a project structure that has a project for each report category, and it is possible that two or more people are creating new reports within…

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                      0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • IDE multiple empty dockable windows/areas for source files

                      I almost always want to have 2 source files open side by side. I have to size the IDE to use the right side of the screen and then tear off a source file and size it to the left side of the screen (2k monitor). Once I have them sized nicely ... not really covering the entire screen since I leave about 10% on the far left for other small tools. I can get to work. Open other source file and drag to the other source area if it doesn't open in the one I want it in, etc.…

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Read prior VS window layouts if none exists yet for VS2017

                        Why for every new VS do I need to find and reopen every little tool window (ex Error List, Output, Bookmarks, Breakpoints, ...) and tear them off, stack them up, size and arrange them all over again to get the working environment and layout I want that works for me on my multiple monitors with various sizes?
                        VS should be able to tell that it is brand new (no layout saved) and look for a layout from prior VS versions to start with!

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Attach to process on startup (application and windows service)

                          It would be great if the Visual Studio Debugger attaches to a specified process if it starts.
                          To debug a windows service we put debugger.attach to the start-point, compile an replace the .exe of the windows service.

                          So Visual Studio could implement a "process attacher" which automatically attachs to a process with a specified name if this process starts.
                          With this feature VS could be configured to attach to every process on process start. Especially if you have an application which starts another process with Process.Start or start a windows service mentioned above

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                            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Color of structure marks in Visual Studio 2017

                            I like can change the color of structure marks in Visual Studio 2017. This color is to much visible. Is irritant.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • ANSI Support in output window

                              support ansi in output window

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • need some improvement

                                c++ is a popular programing language....yours need to make a editor + compiler for only c++ language....It must need less space application....like as code::blocks.......and make faster to install it....yours
                                vs make more time and space.......remember no need more dynamic it......

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Ignore spacing in more situations

                                  At present you can ignore spaces in declaration statements but I also like to space out (align) other statements.

                                  For instance assignments:

                                  var1 = 1;
                                  vartwo = "two";
                                  longvariable = 3;

                                  And also event attachment.

                                  myevent += handler;
                                  alongevent += handler;
                                  yetanotherevent += handler;

                                  When I reformat a document at the moment, all those additional spaces get removed.

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                                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Alternative location for VC.db files

                                    Please, can you finally fix it and allow to have alternateive location of VC.db files?!
                                    VS by default likes to polluting source folders with temp/output folders, but that's easy to modify, however VS still produces GIANT files that will always be inside source folder, which is unacceptable. Can you provide an option to place these files elsewhere (preferably in IntDir or something like that. Note, I'm aware about possibility make them use alternate location (e.g. TEMP), but that applies to all projects then.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Exception dialog should be smarter to show LoaderException property of ReflectionTypeLoadException

                                      VS2017 features a new exception dialog, which automatically displays inner exception information. However, certain exception types such as ReflectionTypeLoadException does not store useful information in inner exception, but in its LoaderException property. Hope the dialog can be extended to allow expanding such properties automatically.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • On progress bar for VS instalation percentage done, instead of counting how many files has copied and/or extracted use how many data has bee

                                        On progress bar for VS instalation percentage done, instead of counting how many files has copied and/or extracted use how many data has been copied and use something like 28.16% done because the installation is awfully slow on a fresh Win 10 machine. If you implement this the user will see at least some progress and will know that something is going on instead now its looking like installation is stacked somewhere and frozen.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add option "Use Visual Studio Development Server" back so ServerVariables work in development mode.

                                          Restore the ability to use ServerVariables in debug mode. This worked in VS 2012 and it is very useful.

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