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  1. override all visibility options in designer, not just hide

    Using the document outline panel, I can hide elements in the designer.
    I would love to be able to force visibility using this method also.

    If I have an element that is usually collapsed, clicking on a similar button could force show it in the designer, without the need to alter my design time data

    On a similar note, sometimes I would want to collapse an element, not just hide it.

    I think from a designer point of view, it would be useful to have Hidden, Collapsed and Visible at the click of a button

    d:IsHidden="True"
    d:IsVisible="True"
    d:IsCollapsed="True"

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      2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Pending Changes, included changes too small

      The "Included Changes" section of Pending Changes is too small when I have a lot of pending changes. If I close some included changes tree view folders the section expands. It seems like if I have a lot of changes that scroll-able area should be bigger, right?

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      • improve Package Manager Console

        In the Package Manager Console there should be a way to set the default project, it keeps setting the first project in the solution as the default one.

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        • visual studio ide can customer define link system

          customer define link is very importent things than searh any one.
          you must provide that,like this
          write link like write uri can be link vs ide any object ,class,struct,method
          ,event,property,file,namespace etc.

          vs_method://slnName/projName/namespaceName/entityName/methodA
          vs_class://slnName/projName/namespaceName/classB
          vs_file://filepath

          etc...

          this link system exists any where ,like cs file, dgml... if exists in cs file then it in comment

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            • Add a feature to easily generate initialization code for an object

              It would be nice if you were able to generate an initialization snippet for an object you're inspecting in the debugger. This would make it easy to just grab a problematic object, stuff it into your unit test code and hack away.

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              • Provide search functionality for table names to Server Explorer

                Make able to search for certain table by it's name in Server Explorer

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                • Please do not abandon built-in workitem forms for a browser experience.

                  I was going to go back to VS 2015 until I found that I could change the default for opening a work item to go back to opening a form in the IDE instead of launching the browser.
                  Aside from the browser experience being harder to navigate, it complicates my workflow to also have the browser opening up work items and loosing what I was referring to while I'm trying to concentrate on the content of the work items.

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                  • Hi, it would be great to add hotkey Ctrl+D, which adds a duplicate line or selection without erasing the contents of the clipboard.

                    Hi, it would be great to add hotkey Ctrl+D, which adds a duplicate line or selection without erasing the contents of the clipboard.

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                    • Configuration Manager Preset

                      This missing feature has been annoying me forever.

                      We have quite a lot of projects on our team where we create several Configurations instead of the default debug, release.

                      In our team we usually create configuration matching our environments which could be

                      - Development
                      - Staging
                      - Production

                      Evry time we create a new project in our solution we will get debug and release, which mean we have to change the configurations due to match our environments and delete the default ones. it does not take a long time but it is quite annoying and if someone not aware of…

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                      • Separate "fonts and colors" in options import/export to "fonts" and "colors"

                        Right now if I wish to export my font customizations and choose export > options > environment > fonts and colors, VS would export both font AND color settings in one piece, and then I'm unable to import JUST font settings after I have changed my color theme, because colors from the previous color theme would be imported as well and override the colors my new theme set. Please separate fonts and colors and allow users to import/export them independently.

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                        • 'Open Folder' should allow us to open multiple folders in one solution

                          I want to be able to create a solution that points to folders instead of projects. VS2017 allows me to open a folder instead of a solution. But as indicated by a [MSFT] post "The workspace is tied to a single folder root. It is an interesting scenario though, thanks for the suggestion."

                          I need a solution that allows me to edit and "intellisense" something like (without haveing to create a project):
                          c:\my_team\my_code\
                          c:\team1\shared_code\
                          c:\team2\shared_code\
                          c:\team3\shared_code\

                          See comment 199965 in:
                          https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/vcblog/2016/10/05/bring-your-c-
                          codebase-to-visual-studio-with-open-folder/

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                          • Bring back Jumplists on pinned Taskbar icon

                            Why are there no Jumplists in VS 2017? When I pin the item to my taskbar it is super handy to just quickly be able to jump to a recent project / solution or start a new project.

                            Come on team, this is a Windows product, use the features that Windows makes available to you.

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                            • Linq2Sql Diagram; show tables in alphabetic when you make a relationship

                              Currently, when you make a relationship in the SQLToLinq diagram the tables are ordered by order creation date.

                              When you have a huge diagram it will be better a simple alphabetic order.

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                              • Support for SharePoint 2016.

                                Please provide support soon, as we are already upgrading our SharePoint to 2016. There are minimal changes between SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2016. So Im very surprised its not supported yet, even in Update 3.

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                                • What is using memory and CPU in VS ?

                                  When VS is using (for example) 40% of CPU and 1.8GB of RAM, I would like to know why. For instance, is there an option I can disable or an extension do uninstall that would help me making VS faster ?
                                  VS resource management is a black box, and doesn't help the developer experience, one can be really frustrated and turn to simpler editors just to be able to write code.

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                                  • Please fix 8-year annoying bug: "is not a valid value for property 'width'"

                                    When using VS in laptop environment, display monitor can be switched or DPI changed.

                                    Almost everytime I move here and there with laptop, this problem is occurred.

                                    http://stackoverflow.com/a/3804431/361100

                                    Note that I'm running VS2015 Enterprise EN version + Win10 Home.

                                    To reproduce;
                                    0. Prepare laptop with default 160% text size screen.
                                    1. Plugin external monitor and reboot(or sign out-in) to display with 100% text size.
                                    2. Run visual studio.
                                    3. Close the laptop, make it sleep.
                                    4. unplug monitor.
                                    5. Open the laptop and wake it up. DPI and resolution could be changed. For me, it's 160%.
                                    6. Close VS
                                    7.…

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                                    • Allow users to use our own (supported) version of CMake

                                      VS 2017 currently uses its own internal version of CMake which is a couple of versions behind from the current version. This prevents us from using newer CMake features and updates to CMake modules which enables the use of recent versions of external libraries.

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                                      • The color of text couldn't be changed when visual studio 2015/2017 in Inline Rename mode.

                                        Source code is c#. When I refactor/rename an variable/classname/etc, comes to Inline Rename mode.

                                        I found the background color, and I'm able to change it, and at lease "InLine Rename" does change the background color. The color of foreground is the border color instead of the text color. (Tools->options->Fonts and Colors and select Inline Rename).
                                        I want to change the text color in Inline Rename mode, but there is no section for it. refer the thread: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/bf30648c-7886-42de-ba1b-ba66c48fc6eb/visual-studio-20152017-inline-rename-foreground-color-change-wont-work?forum=vssetup

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                                        • Search option in Visual Studio folders

                                          Visual Studio provides File search option like Entire Solution, Current project etc. Please provide a new feature by which user can also search in a specific folder of Visual Studio. User will right click on any folder and will get search menu. On clicking on this user will get same kind of search window but it will search only in that folder. Folder can be normal folder under project or a solution folder. I hope this feature will be useful for user especially when folder contains lot of files.

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