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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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      19 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)

    • 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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        22 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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          49 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.

              822 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.

                774 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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                    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.

                    432 votes
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                      4 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).

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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,…

                        390 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.

                          365 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.

                            358 votes
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                              32 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                19 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 ;-).

                                330 votes
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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…

                                  316 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make go-to-definition and find-references work between F# and C# projects

                                    In a solution containing a mixture of C# and F# projects, go-to-definition does not work when your starting point is, say, C# and the target function/value/type definition is in F#. (And vice versa.) The same is true for find-all-references.

                                    This is a major inconvenience when working on this kind of mixed codebase. It would be great if it could work in both directions but even go-to-definition would be a great start.

                                    300 votes
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                                      4 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.

                                      297 votes
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                                        14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

                                        The VS editor should support italics for syntax highlighting.
                                        Why bold, but not italics?

                                        284 votes
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                                          5 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.

                                          271 votes
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