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  1. Support multiple rows of document tabs

    It would be really nice if the IDE allowed multiple rows of document tabs. Currently, I'm using the "Tabs Studio" add-in for this (http://www.tabsstudio.com). See here for an example: http://www.tabsstudio.com/documentation/addins/several-tabs-highlighted-with-the-default-style.png

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

      Thanks for raising and voting for this suggestion, and especially to those who responded to my previous questions over email.

      Based on the many responses I received, it seems that simply allowing multiple rows in the tab strip so you can have more “sets” using the existing Visual Studio 2015 and 2017 pinning capabilities is the most desired feature by folks on this discussion item.

      We’re currently reviewing the suggestion for a potential future release, and this information has been very helpful.
      If you have further comments, and haven’t already done so, please drop me an email at mwthomas at Microsoft dot com.

      Regards
      Mark Wilson-Thomas
      Program Manager, Visual Studio IDE

    • Open links in an actual browser

      Please take the Web Browser out of the Visual Studio, open links in the default web browser (and please my own default, not Internet Explorer). Visual Studio is not good as a web browser and it uses Internet Explorer inside to make it worse.

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        24 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ask before moving files in Solution Explorer tree.

        Accidentally moving files to random directory really annoys.

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          52 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            31 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Native multi-editing (multiple cursors and selections) support

            Multiple selections/cursors in Sublime Text is by far the most useful editor feature I have in my toolbox. Using search and replace in Visual Studio is slow and unwieldy in comparison and I find myself frequently copying blocks of text into Sublime Text just to perform versatile edits using multiple cursors, after which I copy the result back into Visual Studio.

            A future version of Visual Studio would win huge points with this feature alone.

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              15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add native Markdown support

              Markdown is known as best idea for project text files. For example most README files novadays are written in markdown.

              Also default README.md could be possible added to project templates.

              To get more details visit Markdown specs page http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/.

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                8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make (editing) Typing/Scrolling more responsive

                There is a visible lag between the moment you press a key and the moment this translates into a character on the screen. Things like Go To Definition, and scrolling, can hang for several seconds.

                It appears to get worse over time as you work in the editor.

                792 votes
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                  12 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hello again voters and reporters for this UserVoice item

                  Visual Studio 2017 RTW, released yesterday, contains fixes to many of the worst issues we are aware of that caused typing delays. To get the benefit, if you haven’t already done so, please download it today from https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/

                  We’ve also included enhanced typing telemetry in the new release, so we can continue to focus on improving those issues that remain, and we’ll alert you via the Visual Studio Performance Center (see https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/10/10/faster-visual-studio-15-startup/ for details) when an extension is slowing your typing down.

                  We’re not done: we intend to make further improvements to typing responsiveness in updates to Visual Studio 2017.

                  Thank you

                  Mark Wilson-Thomas and Hemchander Sannidhanam
                  Program Manager and Engineering Manager
                  Visual Studio Editor Team

                • In VS 2013, allow ability to run the "Change Authentication" wizard AFTER project is created

                  VS 2013 has a "Change Authentication" feature invoked when you create a project.

                  You cannot run it standalone and worse of all you cannot run it after the project has been created.

                  Consider e.g. having a VS 2012 project and wanting to upgrade to VS 2013 and use AAD instead of ADFS.

                  Not a new project so can't use the "Change Authentication" wizard. Never used AAD before so no idea what the WIF constructs are!

                  Or wanting to migrate a build from Test to Prod. You do not want to manualy update the web.config, figure out the certificate thumbprint etc.

                  702 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • save text files with the newline convention present in the file when opened

                    The Visual Studio text file editor has an "advanced save" option that allows me to choose a particular format to save to, every time I save a file.
                    However, 99% of the time, the right thing to do is to save the file using whatever convention was present when the file was originally opened. Thus, if I open a file with LF-style line termination, new lines I add should be terminated with LF, and the file should be saved as LF-terminated. If I open a file with CRLF convention, new lines I *** should be terminated with CRLF, and it…

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                      7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace

                      Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace. There are times when certain files are always going to be impertinent to search for, and it would be nice to know that search will not be bogged down by those files.

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                        9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make Visual Studio per-monitor/multi-monitor DPI aware

                        http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd464646
                        http://imgur.com/qAiVw1Q,eVRIBlZ

                        When dragging VS 2013.1 Express to my second monitor running at a different DPI, it becomes blurry. VS seems to be acting as if it only has support for global DPI settings instead of per-monitor settings. It would be great if VS followed the same guidelines its users are attempting to follow when it comes to developing desktop apps ;-).

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                          23 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Stop polluting My Documents with Visual Studio folders

                          Visual Studio creates a new folder in My Documents with every version. Over time, if the user requires many different versions of Visual Studio installed, this pollutes the folder. My Documents is supposed to be where I keep, well, my documents.

                          This even goes again Microsoft's own software design guidelines, if I remember them right.

                          Most of the subfolders should be moved to the existing AppData Visual Studio folder. The Projects subfolder has no reason to exist, since you might as well default the My Documents folder when creating new projects (the user can obviouly change this at the time,…

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

                            Hello,

                            We’ve begun work on this and are considering changing the default location for new projects to C:\\USERPROFILE\Source\repos. Would this be a reasonable change to address the problem of “clutter” in the Documents folder? This is currently the default for cloned repositories, so all projects would be in a singular default location.

                            As well, you still retain the option to change the default if you’d like.

                            Allison Buchholtz-Au
                            Program Manager – VS IDE

                          • Add ctrl-click go to definition from Productivity Power Tools

                            The VS2010 Productivity Power Tools had a ctrl-click go to definition feature. This was great and could be an easy option to add (does not need to be on by default).

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                              23 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add ligatures to Consolas font

                              I like coding with ligatures, using FiraCode font:
                              https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode

                              But as much as I like the ligatures, I find the font itself (letters and numbers) to be less nice than Consolas, which I really like.

                              My suggestion is to add optional ligatures to Consolas, for people who want them.

                              400 votes
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                                11 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add a better shortcut for commenting and uncommenting - "CTR+/"

                                “CTR+K,C” for commenting “CTR+K,U” for uncommenting shortcuts are NOT useful, easier to click a button on a toolbar instead.

                                Every developer comment / uncomment pieces of code quite often. Please add "CTR+/" shortcut for toggling comments.

                                This tiny addition could save tones of working hours for developers. ReSharper has it; but it would be much better to have it as a build-in feature.

                                374 votes
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                                  30 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Open fast

                                  Make it so that opening a simple text file from Explorer is fast. It's just Text. Make it so fast to open that I no longer need a notepad replacement.
                                  Make VS2011 into the best notepad replacement!!

                                  It's just text, after all. It's ALL text.

                                  371 votes
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                                    12 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                      19 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • "View White Space" should show line endings too

                                      As described here: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/621096/view-white-space-should-show-line-endings-too

                                      Request:
                                      * Visual Studio > Edit menu > Advanced > View White Space.
                                      * Currently, this feature shows a symbol for space and tab characters.
                                      * I would like to be able to view line endings too.
                                      * I would like to be able to view what style of line ending was used.

                                      And that's it for the request.

                                      And now I offer some suggestions as to how this may look. Here's what I've seen other tools do:
                                      * TortoiseMerge uses a single, unobtrusive symbol. It is "light" and does not distract from the main document…

                                      337 votes
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                                        5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add shortcut to quickly open / close CodeLens function

                                        In Visual Studio 2013 Preview,
                                        CodeLens function is very powerful, but when we want to close or open it ... set step is too much. ( see Q&A : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/dn269218(v=vs.120).aspx )

                                        Add a shortcut, when we need it just "click (shortcut)" and show it, when we close is same.

                                        316 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Give option to search only in uncommented code

                                          When searching for a string in a project's source code, I often find myself wasting time examining lines that have been commented out. it would be useful to offer an option to return only lines that are not commented out, so as not to confuse the results.

                                          315 votes
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