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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

    • Ability to configure Source Control settings per project

      Currently, The source control settings can be set per windows user.So if I'm working on different projects and each one has it's own Source Control (VSS,TFS,Tortoise...etc), then every time I want to open one of the project, I have to go and change VS source control settings to meet the source control that is being used for the project...

      This is a time consuming and causes a frustration for me.

      Vote please :)

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

        This is a great idea! We completely understand how auto-switching SCC providers would help increase your productivity. Although we plan to make this available to you in the near future, we are still in the planning process and may reach out for your feedback as we start to define how tackle this problem. We will check back as soon as possible with any updates to this request. Allison Buchholtz-Au: VS Program Manager ​​

      • 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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          29 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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            53 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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                18 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Visual Studio For Linux OS

                Release Visual Studio IDE for Linux OS

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                  35 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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                    9 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.

                    793 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.

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

                        Hi everyone. Thanks for the comments. I work on the ASP.NET tooling team and I wanted to let you all know that we are very interested in enabling this. Right now we are working on some support that will enable adding/removing auth to be much easier. After that work is done we are hoping to enable a way to add (and potentially remove + replace) the auth for an ASP.NET project.
                        I don’t have permissions to change the status here, but I will ask that it gets updated to Under Investigation. I don’t want to mark it as started because we are still doing some infrastructure changes to enable it. I’m hoping we can start the actual work in a couple of months but I can’t say for sure until we get past the current set of feature work.

                      • 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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                          8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Color Theme Editor for 2017

                          Like 2012, 2013 and 2017, the IDE should have the ability to customize the colors. Either native or through an Extension.

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

                            Thanks for the feedback! We heard you loud and clear, and we’re working on this. Unfortunately the 2015 version of the Color Theme Editor uses a few undocumented APIs that mean we can’t release the source code as is; we’re fixing it up for 2017 but it’s a labor of love by a few folk who do this as a volunteer project. Thanks for the feedback and we’ll try and get an updated version out soon.

                            Totally get the feedback around color theming being too complex, as well, as noted in the additional feedback item: https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/suggestions/19251595. Backward compatibility is always an issue, because extensions need to be able to easily identify the current theme and work with it, but we hear you.

                            Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                          • 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 →
                            • 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.

                              500 votes
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                                11 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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                                  26 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hello voters!

                                  While I don’t have concrete plans to share yet, I do want to let you know that we recently started looking into this and what will it take for us to provide better support for this scenario.

                                  I’ll provide another update once I have more concrete information to share.

                                  Thank you!

                                  Ruben Rios
                                  Program Manager
                                  Visual Studio IDE Team

                                • 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,…

                                  446 votes
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                                    26 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 →

                                      Hi Supporters

                                      I’m pleased to say we are looking to include this feature in a future release of Visual Studio. In line with manycomments in this thread, we’re planning to provide a means to change the modifier from Ctrl+Click to other options for those who would like to keep Ctrl+Click for selecting words.

                                      Thanks!

                                      Mark Wilson-Thomas
                                      Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

                                    • 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.

                                      379 votes
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                                        30 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add support for the Delphi (Object Pascal) Programming Language

                                        I would like to be able to develop Windows 10 apps using the Delphi (Object Pascal) programming language in Visual Studio.

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                                          14 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…

                                          349 votes
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