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  1. Dataset Designer Automatic Layout

    The Dataset Designer becomes a headache when you have dozens, if not more, tables. It is difficult to find the TableAdapter you are looking for unless you already know exactly where it is. Additionally, the Data Source Wizard likes to blow away your current layout and replace it with it's own. The designer needs a better way to organize the tableadapters. Something similar is available in MS ACCESS.

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      7 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

      - The Visual Studio Team

    • Intellisense for paramref elements in XML documentation

      In VS 2015, there is now Intellisense autocompletion for many of the supported elements (exception, see, seealso, etc.).

      However, it would be helpful if it was also there for the "paramref" and "typeparamref" elements.

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        I want to personally thank you for taking the time to share this suggestion. Since the suggestion you raised has not gathered many votes, the Visual Studio IDE team is prioritizing other suggestions and closing it at this time.

        If you would like us to reconsider this, please create a new suggestion. Again, thank you for sharing with us!

        Mark Wilson-Thomas
        Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE Team

      • Keep wildcard include when adding matching file to project

        Being able to include files in a project via a wildcard is a nice feature but VS removes the wildcard and replaces it with individual inclusions for each matching file whenever I add or remove a file that matches the wildcard.
        For example, this:
        <ItemGroup>
        <None Include="Features\*.feature" />
        </ItemGroup>

        Becomes this:
        <ItemGroup>
        <None Include="Features\Authentication.feature" />
        <None Include="Features\SpecFlowFeature1.feature" />
        <None Include="Features\SystemSmokeTest.feature" />
        </ItemGroup>

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          I want to personally thank you for taking the time to share this suggestion. Since the suggestion you raised has not gathered many votes, the Visual Studio IDE team is prioritizing other suggestions and closing it at this time.

          If you would like us to reconsider this, please create a new suggestion. Again, thank you for sharing with us!

          Mark Wilson-Thomas
          Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE Team

        • NGen should be able to produce optimized binaries outside the GAC, so that it could run without Administrator rights

          NGEN sould be able to produce binaries in a specified local folder, outside the GAC, without requiring Administrator rights.
          On the other side, there could be a runtime flag to put in app.config to specify where optimized binaries can be found so that the application would benefit from the pre-generated binaries instead of using jit compiler.

          This would respond to scenarios where applications are not deployed in "program files" by an MSI but rather stored in the user local storage (for ex. for a silent updates mechanism) but requiring the performance gain brought by ngenized binaries.

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            2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow different source control between different solution

            I'm working on svn and tfs.
            so when I open a new vs instance for a solution,the souce code control tools is which the last I used.
            can we provide a setting to config a source control to a solution or project?

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              3 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Implement a new "skip over" breakpoint type

              Implement a new "skip over" breakpoint type that would automatically skip to some user-defined line of code when hit and keep running from there without user intervention. This would speed up debugging by not having to constantly move execution point manually, or having to recompile the code to remove the offending section.

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                6 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                - The Visual Studio Team

              • VS11: Solution Explorer Member Ordering

                Solution Explorer should sort the members in a class alphabetically rather than by how they appear in the file. Given a class with a reasonable number of members there is no easy way to find the member you want without searching or scanning the members. Ideally this should be configurable but at least make it consistent with the rest of SE for this release.

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                  4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                  - The Visual Studio Team

                • solution explorer search

                  Hi,

                  I suggest that you add the ability to search for a file in the solution explorer. Sometimes in large projects it is hard to find a specific file and a search or filter option will be great.

                  Thanks,
                  Yair.

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                    - The Visual Studio Team

                  • Give "Build current project" a sensible shortcut key.

                    This is one of my most-used custom key bindings. I build the current project all the time; I could use Ctrl+Shift+B, but that rebuilds all projects whether they need it or not. I almost always need only the current project (and its dependencies) to be built, and then only as needed. Building the current project is much faster than any other alternative.

                    I'd make Ctrl+B the key for this. Very few use bookmarks enough for that shortcut key to be useful.

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      I want to personally thank you for taking the time to share this suggestion. Since the suggestion you raised has not gathered many votes, the Visual Studio IDE team is prioritizing other suggestions and closing it at this time.

                      If you would like us to reconsider this, please create a new suggestion. Again, thank you for sharing with us!

                      Mark Wilson-Thomas
                      Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE Team

                    • Make CTRL + Left/Right cycle through each word inside a word(camel case)

                      Currently the CTRL+Left/Right cycles just through entire words, but it would be awesome to cycle inside a word also. For example, în the „MySuperAwesomeClass” should cycle to M, S, A and C, not over the entire word.

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                        7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                        - The Visual Studio Team

                      • Add Control+D to duplicate line.

                        As a developer,
                        I would like to use Ctrl+D to duplicate a line,
                        So I don't have to highlight the text followed by Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V. This will devTime.

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                          3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          I want to personally thank you for taking the time to share this suggestion. Since the suggestion you raised has not gathered many votes, the Visual Studio IDE team is prioritizing other suggestions and closing it at this time.

                          If you would like us to reconsider this, please create a new suggestion. Again, thank you for sharing with us!

                          Mark Wilson-Thomas
                          Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE Team

                        • Shortcut to duplicate current line/selection

                          In Netbeans, when we press Ctrl+Shift+downKey, it duplicates the current line or selection just below the cursor. This comes handy, if we are inserting the same statement consecutively (perhaps with little modification... saves us from copy/paste). Please provide the similar shortcut for VS11.

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                            5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                            - The Visual Studio Team

                          • " testing web applications in 64 bit internet explorer is only supported on internet explorer versions 10 or later".

                            I have tried to record a coded UI test on IE11 64 bit using Coded UI Test Builder on a Windows 7 -64bit machine with VS 2013 Premium. I can record the method without any trouble but playback fails and gives me an exception and failed. " testing web applications in 64 bit internet explorer is only supported on internet explorer versions 10 or later". Can you please let me know how to deal with the problem.

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                              5 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add a compiler warning for C-style casts in C++

                              Would it be possible to add a new compiler warning that informs the user when a C-style cast has been used in either native or managed C++?

                              Although I'm not too concerned with the casting of basic data types (such as float fValue = (float)nValue;) C-style casting of class pointers that may fall through to a reinterpret_cast<T> are particularly dangerous and also difficult to find in existing source code. A compiler warning would help developers identify such instances without resorting to regex searches across files. Generally speaking if something falls through to a reinterpret cast then it has probably gone…

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                                closed  ·  6 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • "Quick Find"

                                While I appreciate the slimmed down UI footprint of the new Quick Find in VS 2012, there are lot of functional changes that really mess with my normal workflow, and it'd be great to get these fixed and get the behavior closer to the old VS 2010 Ctrl+F behavior.

                                - There needs to be an option to populate the find dialog only when there's selected text (ie, what it did in VS 2010). I don't want to have to copy/paste my search terms, but I also don't want to overwrite previous search terms with random single characters from where ever…

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                                  3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                                  - The Visual Studio Team

                                • Add Save As feature for Solution and Project in visual Studio File menu .

                                  I would like to suggest a feature in Visual Studio, As i am facing this problem since many years, so thought to suggest here.

                                  when I write some sample code in Visual Studio by selecting any of the project templates, i want to save that project in a different location(new) with a different name(new), it is applied to solution too.

                                  As you people know Save As option in Notepad, MS Word and in so many other applications.

                                  Functionality of this may be like this :
                                  Can have two options in file menu
                                  1. Save Project As
                                  2. Save Solution As

                                  28 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.
                                    - The Visual Studio Team

                                  • Allow pre and post build event scripts to be written in C#

                                    With Roslyn, C# scripting has become a reality. This should make it simple to make the pre and post build boxes optionally use C# for their scripts. It also doesn't seem a stretch to just make these full on editor windows, with Intellisense and code coloration.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.
                                      - The Visual Studio Team

                                    • TimeSpan multiplication

                                      TimeSpan supports some very useful operators, like addition with another TimeSpan or addition with DateTime, so you can do something like

                                      TimeSpan ts1 = …, ts2 = …;
                                      TimeSpan sum = ts1 + ts2;

                                      I think it would be very useful, if it also supported multiplication by an integer, so something like this would work too:

                                      TimeSpan sum = ts1 + 2 * ts2;

                                      Currently, one has to use workarounds such as:

                                      TimeSpan sum = ts1 + TimeSpan.FromSeconds(2 * ts2.TotalSeconds);

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                                        4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.
                                        - The Visual Studio Team

                                      • open source lightswitch

                                        If Microsoft is moving in a different direction, please open source LightSwitch so that it can be updated and expanded by the community.

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                                          5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thank you for your suggestion on improving LightSwitch. However, Visual Studio 2015 is the last release of Visual Studio that includes the LightSwitch tooling and we recommend users not begin new application development with LightSwitch. That said, we will continue to support users with existing LightSwitch applications, including critical bug fixes and security issues as per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Please see the blog post for more information: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/lightswitch/2016/10/14/lightswitch-update/

                                          – The Visual Studio Team

                                        • When Visual Studio 2015 crashes during debugging, it kills all breakpoints added and does not reopen open files

                                          Currently 2015, as with 2013, will forget all breakpoints added during this session and not reopen files that were opened during that session when it inevitably crashes during debugging.
                                          Some background:

                                          - Have a huge project with 220+k files and 810+ projects (Chromium is a good example)
                                          - Debug it. Try stepping into nested template methods, eg. when calling Callback:Run method which happens all over the place in Chromium.
                                          - Watch it lock up and then after some seconds crash.
                                          - Reload the project and watch all your added breakpoints and open files being reset to the state of the…

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                                            3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thanks for taking the time to share and vote on this suggestion. Here on the Visual Studio team we are sorting through all the UserVoice suggestions to figure out what things we are going to work on next. Unfortunately, since this item hasn’t gathered many votes recently, I am going to close it out for now.

                                            If you would like us to reconsider this, please create a new suggestion and get other impacted developers to vote for it.

                                            Again, thank you for sharing with us!

                                            Kaycee Anderson
                                            @KayceeSue
                                            Visual Studio Team

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