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  1. Get Context menus up faster

    When you right click an item in Solution Explorer in particular the menu it is very slow in appearing. Make that faster and snappier. Context menu in editor is also slow, and can be improved too.

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

      Thank you to all who provided ideas and votes on this topic. We used that data to help prioritize the improvements starting in Visual Studio 2012, and continue with the releases after.
      As we believe the Solution Explorer and context menu in editor are snappier, we’d like to close this item as fixed to give your votes back to use on specific topics. Our Visual Studio performance team will continue working to improve performance at an ongoing basis. When you have specific performance issues, it’s now really easy to use the feedback tools right inside Visual Studio to send us feedback with performance traces, see instructions on how to do this here:
      https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt280277.aspx; these traces help us to home in on your issues more precisely.
      Please use Visual Studio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=306566) and continue your feedback and votes– we highly value your feedback.
      Visual Studio Team

    • Code Contracts Editor Extension

      Bake the Code Contracts Editor Extension into Visual Studio, with less bugs, better performance and more features.

      http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/85f0aa38-a8a8-4811-8b86-e7f0b8d8c71b

      98 votes
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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

      • Include Code Snippets with Visual Studio Settings Sync

        Visual Studio will sync a myriad of settings between instances on different machines, but it doesn't sync code snippets.

        It would be extra neat if code snippets could be synced as well, as I find that I still have to copy these about whenever I install a new version of Visual Studio on a new machine.

        91 votes
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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

        • Provide an interface to configure individual auto-indent decisions

          Currently code construction flow is frequently disrupted as users must fight the editor over auto-indent decisions which violate their preferences.

          Disabling auto-indention altogether is a clumsy "solution", as (for instance) those auto-indent decisions which facilitate hierarchical code block structure may bring more efficiency to code construction than others take away.

          We need an interface in the IDE to configure each individual auto-indention decision.

          85 votes
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            0 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 a keyboard shortcut for switching between tab groups.

            Currently you offer shortcuts for switching between active documents via Control + F6 or Control + Tab. However, for those of us who lay out our documents spatially, cycling through documents in all tab groups when we just want to get to the other visible document isn't an ideal scenario, and really breaks our flow.

            I'd love for Window.NextTabGroup and Window.PrevTabGroup actions to be added so I can quickly hop between editors.

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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

            • Add "Copy Diff from Left to Right" button and vice versa

              VS 2013 is awesome. I really appreciate its speed and CodeLens and other things, but there is one I would like to ask you to improve: can you please add functionality like "copy diff from left to right" and vice versa to VS diff tool? I do not want to select piece of code, copypaste it and then remove the old one in the other file. I want one button which will be shown when I put cursor to a line of code and will do it for me if I press it. This button should also copy whole chunk…

              81 votes
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                16 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 havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                - The Visual Studio Team

              • Restore reference highlighting in the enhanced scrollbar

                In the Productivity Power Tools suite in 2012, you used to be able to select a word/token and each instance of that token would be flagged in the enhanced scrollbar for the current file.

                This feature seems to be missing in the new in-built enhanced scrollbar in Visual Studio 2013 Preview.

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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

                • Allow ability to disable XML comment warning for auto-generated code files

                  I want the xml comment warnings for code generated by our developers, because it is in our coding standards to add xml documentation. However, we are using Coded UI, so there are many auto-generated code files included in our project, which clutters up the Error List (when treating warnings as errors) with thousands of errors we have no control over.

                  I want to be able to turn on the xml comment warnings in general, but disable the xml comment warnings for only code files that are auto-generated that we have no control over.

                  So, please add one of the following: …

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                    2 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

                  • Code lenses should be toggle or hold to show (or something configurable)

                    While I applaud the increased visibility of things such as references and test coverage it currently (in VS2013 preview) inlines a smaller sized line of gray text that's interactive. This is more intrusive than I'd like it to be, I do care about the dependencies and tests, but not all the time.

                    I'd much prefer the annotations to be toggle or hold to show. Like the CodeLens stuff is with the ALT+1,2,3 combinations. On my QWERTY keyboard there's a § symbol to the left of the 1 key (this is not the case on all keyboards) but I'd very much…

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                      0 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

                    • Make Ctrl+Right / Ctrl+Left shortcuts navigate between subwords in a camel case word

                      Currently Ctrl+Right / Ctrl+Left combinations navigate over whole words in the text editor. IDEs that use this combination to navigate between subwords of a camel case word make my typing / editing so much faster. At the moment I have to use Qt Creator for heavy editing and VS only for building / debugging.

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                        8 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

                      • Improve the References-Dialog

                        Improve the References-Dialog according to the References-Dialog of the Power-Tools

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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

                        • SPELL CHECK in code editor

                          Please allow the code editor to support SPELL CHECK, so that comments and other things that are no code can be checked, this is very annoying to read some developer that can't spell. Also, it REALLY would help in the HTML source view, so I know that the content typed on my web pages are spell checked.

                          Couldn't you just use the MS Word spell checker as an addon?

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

                            Thank you for your feedback on this idea. Visual Studio is quite extensible and customizable. In fact, we have a community members who have written extensions that enables spell check.

                            You can download the extension from the Visual Studio Gallery:
                            https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/a23de100-31a1-405c-b4b7-d6be40c3dfff
                            https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/7c8341f1-ebac-40c8-92c2-476db8d523ce
                            https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/86788d02-ce1e-4933-b499-cdba6a70f26f

                            Thank you for using Visual Studio and providing feedback.

                            Ali Satter,
                            Program Manager – Visual Studio IDE

                          • Make the PowerPoint Storyboarding Tools Available In The Express & Professional SKUs of Visual Studio 2012.

                            I think that the PowerPoint Storyboarding tools that are included in the Ultimate, Premium and Test Professional SKUs of Visual Studio 2012 should also be brought to the Express & Professional SKUs too.

                            It isn't only people who are working in teams who need to generate low-fidelity prototypes of their ideas, individuals do too and the Storyboarding tools included in those higher versions would be very useful to individuals too (and may encourage indviduals to get early feedback on ideas so they can be refined before coding begins).

                            68 votes
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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

                            • Make the CodeLense feature available on all Visual Studio 2013 versions

                              Currently the CodeLense feature is available only on the Ultimate version of VS2013. It would be great if we could have this feature on every version of VS2013

                              68 votes
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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

                              • Highlighting

                                I think it will be very convinient to highlight methods, propeties and variables with different font colors.

                                68 votes
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                                  0 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

                                • Ctrl+Shift+T opens the last closed tab

                                  Ctrl+Shift+T would open the last closed tab. This mirrors the behavior of Chrome and other web browsers. I've found this shortcut uber helpful when doing web development and now find myself hitting it in Visual Studio when I closed a tab I didn't mean to.

                                  67 votes
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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

                                  • 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.

                                    66 votes
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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

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

                                        Thank you for your feedback on this idea. Visual Studio is quite extensible and customizable. In fact, we have a community member that has written an extension that makes it possible to have VIM Mode.

                                        You can download the extension from the Visual Studio Gallery:
                                        https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/59ca71b3-a4a3-46ca-8fe1-0e90e3f79329

                                        Thank you for using Visual Studio and providing feedback.

                                        Ali Satter,
                                        Program Manager – Visual Studio IDE

                                      • IDE titles should be unique

                                        I often work on different versions/branches of our solution. I might be working on our current mainline version of our software and also be involved with a patch on an already shipped version.

                                        Sometimes I want to open two different versions of a solution in two different IDE’s to compare them. Once open, because the solution names are the same and this is used as the title bar of the IDE, I constantly get confused as to which version of the solution I’m looking at.

                                        Would it be possible to somehow make the IDE title editable, or be intelligent so…

                                        63 votes
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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

                                        • Visual Studio Command Prompt Window(Console)

                                          Please add command prompt windows to visual studio other windows to access command prompt(cmd.exe) and developer command prompt in visual studio and can show console application output in this window and can easily access windows commands.

                                          64 votes
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                                            4 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 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!

                                            Paul Chapman
                                            Program Manager, Visual Studio

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