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  1. Move forward and bring back VS UI written in native code

    Move forward and bring back VS UI written in native code

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

      Hi everyone,

      I know there has been a lot of discussion on this topic, and the general interest has been around improving the performance of Visual Studio. With VS11 Beta out, we have seen significant improvements in performance.

      At this point, we do not have plans to re-write the IDE in native code, and we are going to close out this idea and release your votes for you to apply elsewhere.

      We have the performance forum (link is on the bottom of the right hand side of the main VS UserVoice page) where you can vote for specific performance ideas, without using up your 10 votes on the main forum.

      thanks,
      Doug Turnure (MSFT) – Visual Studio PM

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        41 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Go All-In with a Zune-Style Metro UI (See My Makeover Screenshot)

        Based on the comments at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2012/02/23/introducing-the-new-developer-experience.aspx?#comments

        Here's my UI makeover for VS 2012:

        VIEW THE SCREENSHOT MAKEOVER: Attached, or see http://i.imgur.com/Dh0zV.png

        Problems I addressed:

        1. No more :::::::::::::, and the Toolbar Separators are flatter and lighter.

        2. Highly influenced by Zune App UI. Take note of the Min/Max/Close, and the Size Grip, as well as the simple border.

        3. Brighter background, minimalist scrollbar, no more reminders of Windows 3.1

        4. The ALL CAPS thing is still there, but formatted exactly like in Zune's Metro UI Typographic Style.

        5. VS 2012 Icon, Title Bar, and Menu made more consistent with Metro…

        976 votes
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          75 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thanks for the idea, and we’ve taken steps with RC to address the feedbck we’ve received to date. As it stands, I’m going to close this idea out – technically as declined, but we have made adjustments to the UI. While we did not adapt this particular suggestion, I hope you will find the changes are an improvement over Beta. If not, please feel free to make a new suggestion. Closing this item will give everyone back their votes, to apply against RC.

          thanks,
          Doug Turnure – Visual Studio PM

        • Make NATIVE IDE for native developers, MANAGED IDE for managed developers

          I think that only fair thing to do is to split VS and actually make VS for C++ developers written in C++ and VS for managed developers could be then written in managed.

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            declined  ·  60 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Do not introduce the curse of #regions to HTML

            In VS2013.4RC you have announced #region support for HTML: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev/archive/2014/10/16/announcing-new-web-features-in-visual-studio-2013-update-4-rc.aspx

            I understand that removing #regions from C#, as previously suggested and declined, would be unreasonable at this late stage (https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2678342--region-directive-considered-harmful-was-get-rid).

            Let's not introduce this curse to new languages though.

            Regions are a way for mediocre teams to hide ****** code behind a roll-up. They are not a productivity extension. They do not help lift the breadth developers forward.

            https://twitter.com/tathamoddie/status/522887198941515778
            https://twitter.com/shiftkey/status/522885829442957312
            https://twitter.com/jrusbatch/status/522886424421363713
            https://twitter.com/scottgal/status/522887947075342336

            383 votes
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              32 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide a Visual Studio Express for ARM based tablets like Surface RT

              I was the proud owner of a Microsoft Surface RT and many times I had an Idea I had to first write it down and test it at home when I had my Surface RT with me in the train or in the plane.

              I think there is a big thing missing in the whole RT tablets Idea and that is an IDE to allow developers to develop application for their beloved tablet or phone.

              Let's have a Visual Studio Express version that can be deployed on Surface RT and the like and it can be restricted to developing Universal…

              254 votes
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                34 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thank you for your feedback. With the upcoming Visual Studio ‘15’ release, we are working hard to make Visual Studio more lightweight and easier to install. However, the system requirements of Visual Studio are incompatible with Windows RT, and we have no plans to port Visual Studio to that Windows edition.

                Paul Chapman
                Visual Studio Program Manager

              • 227 votes
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                  7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Show CodeLens above Attributes if they exists

                  If a function/property/class as an attribute defined above it. the CodeLens is inserted between the attribute definition.

                  Today:
                  [MyAttribute]
                  codelens stuff
                  public void MyFunction(){}

                  Should be:
                  codelens stuff
                  [MyAttribute]
                  public void MyFunction(){}

                  218 votes
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                    9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Dear supporters for this suggestion

                    Thank you for your feedback on this idea.

                    We designed the Code Lens indicator to be as close to the actual function declaration as possible, to allow you to make a better cognitive connection with it. At one point during the development of Code Lens, we actually tried locating it above the attributes as this suggestion requests. It looked great in simple cases, but unfortunately it started to feel “disconnected” from the declaration when more attributes were added. It really looked strange at around three attributes, but started feeling a bit odd around two.

                    Here’s a pathological “real world” case which illustrates this -

                    https://github.com/dotnet/roslyn/blob/master/src/VisualStudio/CSharp/Impl/CSharpPackage.cs#L26

                    Imagine the indicator above the attributes in this case.

                    For this reason, we’re declining this suggestion at present.

                    Thanks!
                    Mark Wilson-Thomas
                    Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

                  • Option "Show Always Intellisense"

                    Sometimes when I want to list all the methods of a function. I have to use 2 keyboard shortcuts to do this.
                    Option "Always show Intellisense" would make suggestions show ALL the time. If I click somewhere out the editing box, they will disappear, when I click back, they show again.

                    188 votes
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                      10 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thank you for your feedback on this idea.

                      We have reviewed this and are not planning to complete this suggestion in the foreseeable future, as it has not gained sufficient user support relative to other suggestions in this area.

                      Mark Wilson-Thomas
                      Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor

                    • CodeLens for Community Edition

                      CodeLens is very helpful and cool feature! Once you try it, then you can't use simple "find references". I think community will be grateful for it. Make CodeLens available for VS2015 Community!

                      164 votes
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                        38 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thank you for your feedback on this idea.

                        We’re glad you find Code Lens a useful feature, however at present we have no plans to bring it to the Community Edition of Visual Studio; it will remain one of the benefits of the Visual Studio 2015 Professional and Enterprise editions.

                        As such, we’re declining this suggestion at present.

                        Thanks!
                        Mark Wilson-Thomas
                        Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

                      • Enable Page Inspector in Visual Studio 2015

                        Visual Studio 2013 has the Page Inspector feature, which is really useful in debugging the 'look' of an app. Please enable this feature in Visual Studio 2015.

                        101 votes
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                          9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make the Sign In option for 2013 have a 'Never Show This Again' option

                          I would prefer you complete remove the Sign In option, but at the very least make it 'Don't Show This Again' option or a context menu to hide it.

                          The last thing I want to see is a Sign In button on the right hand side of Visual Studio, I clicked it trying to disable it and it expects me to sign in.

                          First you add Tiles and ruin the desktop, if it wasn't for Classic Shell I would be back on Windows 7.

                          If it wasn't for the tens of thousands of free software you (Microsoft) give me I…

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

                            Thank you for providing this feedback. Unfortunately we are not able to address this suggestion so we are releasing the UserVoice votes to use on other topic. Users with a paid subscription can optionally sign in to the IDE or obtain a product key to unlock Visual Studio. Eligible MSDN subscribers can obtain a product key from the “Subscriber Downloads” section of http://msdn.com or from your organization’s volume license administrator.

                            - Anthony Cangialosi
                            Visual Studio Program Manager

                          • Make 'Find all References' search in MVC Views

                            For example, let's say I'm working in an ASP.NET MVC project and have a file named AccountDetailsViewModel.cs open in IDE editor. This file contains a class named AccountDetailsViewModel. In this same MVC project, I have an MVC View in AccountDetailsView.cshtml. This View is strongly typed to use the AccountDetailsViewModel object. When I right-click in AccountDetailsViewModel to find all references to this class, the file AccountDetailsView.cshtml does not appear in the results. The reference to the View Model is not discovered in AccountDetailsView.cshtml. Please enhance the "Final all References" search functionality to discover references in ASP.NET view files such as .cshtml,…

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

                              Thanks for all the feedback on this item. Please be advised that we have moved this item to the http://aspnet.uservoice.com
                              site and transferred the associated votes. We are going to close this item out and release your votes back to you so you can apply them elsewhere. Note that the votes will remain with the item on the other site, so the item will not lose any of its current vote count, and you will recoup your votes on this site. To track the status, post comments, or add votes on this item, please go to http://aspnet.uservoice.com/forums/41201-asp-net-mvc/suggestions/3090767-make-find-all-references-search-in-mvc-views and sign in using your current user ID and login.

                            • Allow to disable codelens 'show references'

                              CodeLens -> 'Show References' checkbox is disabled. Allow uncheck/disable CodeLens show references feature. It disturbs the code line spacing.

                              59 votes
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                                11 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

                              • VS2010 : go back to old find dialog (like in VS2010) or allow disabling the quickfind

                                Hi all,

                                The new "Quickfind" - panel of VS2012 is annoying. It does not respond as expected and could not be positioned as needed.
                                It slows down all work.

                                So I would suggest to go generally back to the old "find dialog" or allow the users to disable the new "quickfind" toolwindow.

                                Best regards,
                                dp.

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

                                  Hi feedback providers

                                  We are not planning to revert to the old find dialog, nor allow disabling of the Quick Find feature in Visual Studio.

                                  However we recognise that some of the issues raised in the comments do need to be addressed, for instance the usability/visibility of the switch toggles for case sensitivity. We’ll look at those as separate issues, however since we’re not planning to make the overall change that is suggested, I’m closing this item as declined.

                                  Please continue to raise feedback on the usability and functionality of the quick find feature via the built-in feedback reporting system so that we can prioritize the work required (see https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt280277.aspx for details of the feedback tools).

                                  Thanks
                                  Mark Wilson-Thomas
                                  Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

                                • Allow me to buy individual features

                                  There are many features stuck in Ultimate that would incredibly useful to any developer, however Ultimate is simply financially unviable for many existing small businesses (where BizSpark don't qualify). The ability to buy individual features, like IntelliTrace, would provide developers with more reasonable means of acquiring these features, and Microsoft with income that would otherwise be nonexistent due to the exorbitant price of Ultimate.

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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. If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to try out Visual Studio Code for this scenario.

                                    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

                                  • Allow Code Snippets that are part of a solution to be automatically added for use

                                    A user's snippet library can become quite an unruly place. Currently, the only way to add snippets that are not part of an extension or provided out of the box is to add them to your personal snippet library.

                                    At many organizations, you may be working in two or more solutions with many projects. It may be helpful to have code snippets defined--some of which only pertain to the current solution. However, the only recourse is to add them all to your personal snippet library.

                                    As a developer, I want to be able to add code snippets to a Visual…

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

                                      Thank you for your feedback on this idea.

                                      We have reviewed this and we do not plan to complete this suggestion in the foreseeable future since it has a relatively low level of support at this time, based on this item and other feedback channels.

                                      Mark Wilson-Thomas
                                      Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

                                    • Add intellisense reset option

                                      Intellisense crashes frequently on certain pages, leading to the frustrating scenario of having to close and reopen a page just to get intellisense working again.

                                      While it seems that you can't fix it, a simple way of quickly resetting it without having to close the tab, like you can with SQL Server, would make this frequent bug less annoying.

                                      This seems to have started happening in VS2012 and has got worse in VS2013 and you can see the extent of the problem on this SO post, with over 31,000 views in 1 year.

                                      http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13375961/visual-studio-2012-intellisense-sometimes-disappearing-broken

                                      39 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hi Supporters of this suggestion

                                        Since the suggestion has been around for some time and not gained a lot of votes, I’m marking it declined at this time.

                                        Please do raise issues via the “Report a Problem” feature in Visual Studio 2015 and higher, if you are still seeing repeated IntelliSense failures; in your reports please do mention the language you are using at the time (C#, VB, C++, JavaScript, etc) , because Intellisense is delivered on a per-language basis so it is likely the problems are specific to a particular language. You can find “Report a Problem” in the top right bar of Visual Studio next to the Quick Launch search box.

                                        Thanks for your feedback,

                                        Regards
                                        Mark Wilson-Thomas
                                        Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

                                      • Add full intellisense experience to T4 template editing without an extension

                                        It would be so much easier to work with T4 templates if we had the full intellisense experience. It's already really difficult to create code that generates code (my brain hurts sometimes) but without the rich editing experience that is normally available in VS is much much harder.

                                        I'm aware that there are extensions available but I'd rather not have to pay extra (and rely on a third party) to use the features that already exist in VS.

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                                          0 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.

                                          As you noted, there are a number of extensions available which address this need, some of which are free, so it may be that one of them will meet your needs

                                          https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/search?term=t4&target=VS&sortBy=Relevance

                                          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

                                        • Provide an option to display CodeLens beside declarations rather than above.

                                          CodeLens is extremely useful, but I don't like that it adds an extra [fractional] line which isn't really "there" into the visual flow of my code on the page. This is made worse by the fact that CodeLens takes a brief moment to load, so when a code file is first opened, it appears as if there are many extra blank lines (very obvious & distracting when these 'blank' CodeLens spaces appear beneath doc comments or attributes but above the declarations they decorate).

                                          If there were an option to display these annotations off to the right side of a declaration…

                                          38 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thank you for your feedback on this idea.

                                            We have reviewed this and we do not plan to complete this suggestion in the foreseeable future since it has a relatively low level of support based on this and other feedback channels.

                                            Mark Wilson-Thomas
                                            Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

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