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  1. Pick my credentials up from Windows

    Getting pretty fed up of having to constantly re-enter my credentials when I start Visual Studio. Is there some really good reason why you can't simply use my Windows login?

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Redesign the resx format: sort in alphabetical order, make resource item one liner, remove comments

      ResX was introduced together with .NET Framework 1.1 in 2003 and except for minor details hasn't really changed from this time.

      Although it allows for storing localized text in .NET assemblies there are many issues making ResX challenging for every day use:

      * doesn't play well with distributed version controls like Git or Mercurial when merging

      * it's far from being a human-readable medium mostly due to 107-line header (sic!) - this is especially painful during code review

      * every new resource element is added always at the end of the file which leads to many conflicts

      * top it…

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Keep command line window open (finally!)

        Starting a console project opens the console, runs and then closes the console window immediately. I understand why this happens: The program is done.

        But this is not what anyone wants!

        Please add a Visual Studio feature that allows us to easily keep a console window open to inspect what the program did.

        This issue is a constant annoyance and trips up literally 100% of all new .NET developers. Please treat this item with priority. It is amazing to me that such an egregious usability problem has not been solved for 15 years in .NET.

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          2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide Select/Deselect All Radio button in Configuration manager

          Provide a "Select/Deselect All" radiobutton in Configuration Manager under Project contexts as we have 100+ projects in the Solution and it is time consuming to check/uncheck project by project options.

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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • move class to separate file

            In case I have a single source file with multiple class definitions (say an interface and some contract classes), I'd like to be able to right-click on one of the classes and move it to a separate file.

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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow solutions to contain nested solutions

              In my application, we make use of SDKs that are built separately. I would like to include the whole solution in my project, so I can debug easier.

              I know I can select a solution file and it will import the the project files, but this does not work for me because those projects depend on .targets files that are in the $(SolutionDir).

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide better out-of-the-box code comparison tool

                When performing code comparisons from within Visual Studio, the default code comparison tool is still the original source code comparison tool that shipped with Visual SourceSafe. Instead, a more sophisticated and modern code comparison tool should be shipped out-of-the-box with Visual Studio rather than having to resort to 3rd party comparison tools such as Beyond Compare.

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                  under review  ·  5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Create a way to set global IDE settings for a development team

                  The idea is for a development team to be able to sync their IDE settings to a global, master settings configuration.

                  For example, a master configuration for how Code Formatting should work (e.g. Tools -> Options -> C# -> Whitespace formatting) and then each member in a VSO team could then sync with that master configuration.

                  This would help teams stay in sync with code conventions, etc.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • A way to remove the default blue box Adorner when editing WPF Controls at Design-Time

                    As I wrote on this post:

                    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/de3211d5-ce18-4275-a555-f8c168c34c35/how-to-disable-default-design-time-adorner?forum=visualstudiogeneral

                    would be useful to remove the defalut blue box Design-Time adorner so that a user can provide it own Design-Time adorner with its custom appearance on a custom WPF Control.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • syntax highlighting needs overhaul

                      There are a ton of feature requests revolving around enhancements to syntax highlighting. Please roll them up into one so you can see them all.

                      In addition I'd like to that constants and readonly variables/properties get called out such that we can set colors and font styles to them as well.

                      Types that are immutable should be called out so one can easily distinguish these from other types as well.

                      How about methods marked with different access modifiers being called out so one can set different colors and styles to them as well such that their names show up in…

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                        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Solution Explorer's file search filter is case sensitive

                        As long as you do not enter text in file search filter with any capitalized letters, the search will be case insensitive. When you enter a single capitalized letter, the search becomes case sensitive. This to me serves no purpose because most developers would want the search to be a "quick" one and not care about Pascal casing. See https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/1078288/solution-explorer-search-filter-is-case-sensitive-it-should-be-case-insensitive for screenshots and other details.

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                          5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow users to switch users when signing in with a different user account

                          Currently if I try to sign in with a different user account the following error is displayed (attached):

                          "We were unable to establish a connection because it configured for user name@OLD.com but you attempted to connect using user name@NEW.com. To connect as a different user perform a switch user operation [...]"

                          This error message makes it clear that you know the user is trying to login with a different login. But instead of being to immediately take action you force the user to click okay, then go dig through menus and try to figure out how to "perform a…

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                            2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Ability to exclude folders from find in files/replace in files

                            I would like the ability to choose folders which are excluded from Find in Files / Replace in Files. This is very useful for javascript projects which make use of bower_components / node_modules.

                            I'd recommend sticking an extra line form element in the Find and Replace dialogue - right underneath "Look in:" - e.g. "Choose paths to exclude". It could leverage the existing "Choose Search Folders" dialogue.

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                              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve VSTS build artifacts download speed

                              I have a build running under VSTS hosted agents. This build publishes artifacts that are close to 1 GB big.

                              When I try to download these big artifacts, they get downloaded very slowly. I benchmarked the download speed at about 2.3 MB/s. This is very slow since I benchmarked my connection speed with www.speedtest.net to something close to 9.75 MB/s.

                              This makes artifacts very unconvenient to use since they take a while to download. For example, downloading a 1GB artifact takes about 7.5 minutes.

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Provide a font/color setting specifically for interpolated strings

                                Currently the color for interpolated strings makes it quite hard to determine at a glance what portions of the code are strings (see attached image).

                                As it is now, the color setting for interpolated strings is divided between the "Identifier" and "Punctuation" items under the Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Fonts and Colors menu.

                                This division makes it impossible to change the color of interpolated strings without affecting other critical colors in the editor.

                                If these settings were extracted and combined into a single setting specifically for interpolated strings, then code could be made more readable by allowing the…

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                                • Automatic theme changer (Colour scheme)

                                  Allow automatic change of theme based on time of day (And possibly season responsive)
                                  So you don't strain your eyes or have to keep going and changing the theme every day/night

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                                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow ReadOnly Modeling Projects for Premium and Professional versions of Visual Studio

                                    Well, as soon as the ALM Assessment Rangers Workbook has a question in Architecture & Design Spreadsheet asking if all of the team members have access to all the project diagrams, it makes sense that all Visual Studio versions have at least Read Only access to the modeling project.

                                    Nowadays, to accomplish it, I need to manually export the diagrams and publish it on any portal, like Sharepoint.

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                                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Be able to choose new location for autorecovery files

                                      In a corporate environment the My Documents folder could be a shared network drive that is slow to access. This can cause the IDE to freeze when autorecover kicks in. It would be nice to be able to specify a new location for autorecover to save files to.

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                                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Object Browser window honor the IDE profile language

                                        If I don't have any project opened in the Solution Explorer, the Object Browser window will show information in C# syntax. This is very inconvenient for non-C# developers.

                                        I'd suggest that if I choose the IDE profile as C++ developer, for example, the Object Browser window should honor that and show classes/functions in C++ syntax.

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • copy fully qualified names of entities (classes, members)

                                          In Eclipse I always liked that I could right click an entity (class, member, etc), either in the editor or in any other view that represented that entity (like the class outline) and copy its fully qualified name to the clipboard (menu item "copy fully qualified name").

                                          This does not seem to be available in Visual Studio. However, it is terribly useful. I find myself stitching the fully qualified name by hand at least once a day

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