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  1. Show code regions in Document Outline pane

    I want to be able to quickly explore the regions defined (with #region e.g. in C#), in my code file and quickly navigate to them

    I believe a natural place for that would be the Document Outline pane which now is empty if the current document is a C# file (guess for VB.net and other languages the same happens)

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      2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow Traits to be applied to Ordered Tests in Visual Studio

      I am using Visual Studio 2015. All the tests can have test traits applied to it (TestCategory, TestProperty etc.). So these tests can be grouped under a category under Test Explorer.
      This is not possible if the test is an "Ordered Test". As I hear from one of your employees ( https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/512f1cab-d3cf-4ea7-9c35-18fc23d9585b/how-to-apply-traits-for-ordered-tests-in-visual-studio?forum=vsunittest#512f1cab-d3cf-4ea7-9c35-18fc23d9585b) , it was possible to apply a test category to Ordered Test in older version i.e: VS2010 and VS2012 via Test View Window which is no longer available in later versions of VS. Pls consider this feature to be added to future releases of Visual Studio.

      Regards, …

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add a keyboard shortcut to move to the top of the current method

        There are shortcuts to move to the previous method and the next method but none to move to the top of the current method.

        Currently have to use CTRL+PGUP then CTRL+PGDN to achieve the desired outcome.

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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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            1 comment  ·  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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              4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow developers to override the default namespace as defined by a folder

              Allow developers to override the default namespace as defined by a folder

              Sometimes we'd like to simply use a folder as an organizational structure and not a namespace. It would be nice if a folder had a boolean value to indicate that it should be used to define a namespace and have a namespace field that defines what it used.

              For example..

              I might have a Folder structure like

              -ClassLibrary
              -- Folder1
              --- SubFolder2
              ----- Sub-SubFolder 3

              And I only want my namespace to be ClassLibrary.Folder1.Folder2 and folder 3 is strictly for organization. Whenever I add a new class under…

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              • Allow commenting on pending changes that would be available before code review

                I would love to be able to jot down comments on pending changes that would be imported into a code review when it is requested.

                Currently I have to remember things that are worth noting and enter comments after I create the code review. It would be helpful if I could make those comments as I create / edit code.

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                • First Class Java support and Minecraft Mod templates

                  With the acquisition of Mojang and Minecraft, capitalise on the new Visual Studio Community edition, and create templates for developing Minecraft mods, with cool testing features, and bring a younger generation of VS users

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add option to rename file when using refactoring to rename class

                    If you rename a file in solution explorer, a question pops up to use refactoring to rename the class name. It looks like an omission that the opposite action is not available in the dialog box for renaming a class. Just as the question only pops up if the filename is equal to the classname, the option to rename the file should only be selected when the file containing the class has the same name.

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Populate Find In Files (Ctrl+Shift+F) with SELECTED text only

                      If there is selected text, fill the search box with the selected text.
                      If there is no selected text, do not touch the search box - just fill it with the last searched item.

                      This was the behavior for VS2008. (change from 2010 or 2012 I don't remember). I could quickly search for what I just searched the last time (but on another project scope, for example), or modify on my last search.

                      I am now on VS2013, the Find Window will try to grab a word even there is no text selected; so often it's filled with garbage text…

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                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Increase number of Recent projects from 24

                        Permit us to configure the "Most recently used List" to be greater than 24. Perhaps say 40 or more. So that we can see more on the Start Page.

                        As a consultant swapping between customers.
                        &/or giving presentations
                        &/or running tutorials & sample code.
                        &/or Opening many files.
                        You rapidly go thru 24. Even when you make an effort to delete them.

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                        • add option to not trigger Quick Info by mouse hover over symbol

                          Many times Quick Info is unintentionally triggered when the mouse pointer is over a random symbol. This is distracting, and I would like to turn this automatic behaviour off.

                          Many automatic intellisense options can be disabled so that they must be explicitly invoked to show them. For Quick Info this is Ctrl K + I.

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                          • Show cause of circular dependency in error message

                            It is frustrating that when you get the error message in visual studio can not add reference because this would cause a circular dependency the error message can not just list what the assembly that is causing the issue is. It isn't super hard to figure out but it adds extra time to the work to solve the problem if just a few minutes. I don't understand why the error message can't just contain this information.

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                            • Enable Navigate To feature (CTRL-Comma) with wildcards

                              For example, when a user opens the Navigate To feature, he/she should be able to search for a file named "StartReservationPage.html" by typing "*Reservation*.html" in order to quickly find and access that file within the solution.

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                              • Implement VB.Net Interactive in Visual Studio

                                Please implement a VB.Net Interactive Window in Visual Studio

                                Thx

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                                • Provide a way to turn off incremental search in Quick Find

                                  Please provide a way to turn off incremental search in Quick Find. It's often annoying when Quick Find moves the caret and loses my context/place when I'm typing a term that ends up not being found in the file. For example, if I want to find SystemParameters in a C# file, then Quick Find will always move the caret up to the using System; directive at the top, but it won't move the caret back where it originally was once it determines that SystemP isn't in the document.

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                                  • Support keyboard shortcuts in the C# interactive window

                                    I wish it would work more like a shell allowing me to press up on the keyboard to reuse my existing code block/statement

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                                      • Add "Go to Implementation Definition" for objects derived from interfaces or base classes

                                        Perhaps provide a selection box for the actual implementation to navigate to - sort of like how "Go to Definition" works with partial classes.

                                        This would be useful for interface driven designs where going to the interface definition is not desired but selecting one of the concrete implementations is.

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                                        • Stop maximising Visual Studio automatically.

                                          When I start up Visual Studio, it can take a while so I minimise it to go do something else. But Visual Studio rudely demands your attention as it loads every little thing.

                                          I suggest that it stops doing that. Because it's annoying and unnecessary.

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