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

      Thanks for raising and voting for this suggestion.

      We’re currently reviewing the suggestion for a potential future release, and would like to gain a better understanding of the problems you’re seeing which you would like to see solved.

      Based on the various responses to this item, the following needs/desires are mentioned:

      1. A need to be able to organize tabs in your own way when they are open, so that you can (for instance) have a set of “pinned” / “important files” that you’re regularly working on, and a set of others that you may only have opened transiently; an ability to easily move items between these groups.

      2. A need to group strongly related files (like “code behind” files and their parent markup files for instance) together automatically in the tabs

      3. A need to easily distinguish “file-sets” when many files are open (e.g. with color or other treatments)

    • Show indent guides like Notepad++ does

      Indent guides help quickly finding out where a scoop starts and where it ends. I think an advanced IDE like Visual Studio must have this feature. I know that there is an extension for this, but why doesn't Visual Studio have a basic feature like this natively?

      3,129 votes
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        5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support .editorconfig

        It would be awesome if Visual Studio supported .editorconfig files like so many other editors and IDEs.

        "EditorConfig helps developers define and maintain consistent coding styles between different editors and IDEs. The EditorConfig project consists of a file format for defining coding styles and a collection of text editor plugins that enable editors to read the file format and adhere to defined styles. EditorConfig files are easily readable and they work nicely with version control systems."

        You can read more about it at http://editorconfig.org/

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

          Hi .EditorConfig supporters

          I’m pleased to report that work is now underway on implementing .EditorConfig support in Visual Studio “15”.

          You can take a sneak-peek at the feature in my recent Visual Studio Live talk at
          https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Visual-Studio/Visual-Studio-Live-Redmond-2016/W15

          Check out around 1:03:15 in and you’ll see an early demo.

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

        • 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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            19 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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              48 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                31 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 →
                • 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.

                  777 votes
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                    15 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.

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

                      Hello voters and reporters of issues on this UserVoice item

                      We are already working on a number of typing and editor related performance items in upcoming releases of Visual Studio. We’ve looked at feedback from this item, our product telemetry and other sources, but we’d like to make sure we’ve captured the most important areas where you are seeing problems.

                      We will shortly be publishing a survey to gather more details, but would also love to hear from you directly. Please feel free to send mail to mwthomas at Microsoft dot com and we’ll be in touch.

                      Thank you

                      Mark Wilson-Thomas and Hemchander Sannidhanam
                      Program Manager Engineering Manager

                      Visual Studio Editor Team

                    • 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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                        6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • bring back Build Explorer in Visual Studio 2015

                        Build Explorer had been removed in Visual Studio 2015 in favour of a browser based solution.
                        Unfortunately not all function of Visual Stduio Build Explorer are available in TFS Web Access.
                        Currently it is really frustrating when you need to look at code coverage in source files and not only at the percentage.
                        the information is stored in TFS and you can still use it with Visual Studio 2010 - 2013 but needing to use two Visual Studio does not allow to switch completely to Visual Studio 2015.

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                          22 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Improve/Reboot Visual Studio Project System

                          Visual Studio Projects have been around for over a decade, and their projects are starting to show this fact. There are 3 primary issues with Visual Studio Projects that should be attended to in a (very-near) future release:

                          1) The .sln format. 2001 called and wants its arcane, VB.NET-esque format back -- and we should gladly oblige, PRONTO!!!
                          2) MSBuild XML format. The format is very difficult to work with, primarily because there is no tooling support for it. Additionally, the syntax is also arbitrary and suffers from XDom-to-POCO-mapping which is a terrible way to design any system around XML…

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                            24 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2013

                            Spec Explorer 2010, a model-based testing tool extension is supported in Visual Studio 2010/2012, this suggestion is to make it work with Visual Studio 2013.

                            410 votes
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                              26 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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).

                              387 votes
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                                22 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,…

                                369 votes
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                                  17 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.

                                  363 votes
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                                    12 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.

                                    351 votes
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                                      32 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                      • 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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                                          18 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…

                                          297 votes
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