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  1. "Hide pointer while typing" OS setting is not respected by VS2013

    The "hide pointer while typing" option, set under Mouse Properties in Control Panel on Windows is not respected in Visual Studio 2013.

    Screenshots do no justice, because taking screenshots doesn't capture mouse cursors.

    If you really want screenshots with mouse cursors, here you go, using Gifcam.exe:

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide Visual Studio Updates all at once or through Windows Update

      It would be less time consuming if it were possible to have an option to install all of the updates presented by the Visual Studio Notification system all at once. The current situation causes multiple re-launches of visual studio to get it up to date.

      Even better would be to have the Visual Studio updates handled through Windows Update.

      Thanks!

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        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Autocomplete classes from other namespaces

        Say I have the namespace Ludum.Engine and it containt the class GameObject.
        I am working in the namespace Ludum.Game an want to create a new instance of the type GameObject. I'd do something like this:
        var player = new GameObject();

        GameObject wouldn't recognized as I haven't added 'using Ludum.Engine' at top. You improved this, so if I right-click GameObject I can choose to add 'using Ludum.Engine' at the top automatically. This is great and a feature I've been missing for a while. Very much appreciated :)

        However, you're still lacking something many other IDEs already have.
        Let's say we're in…

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        • Code analysis rule CA1704 should pickup the developers locale.

          Code analysis rule CA1704 keeps telling me to correct the spelling of variable names. This is because I am from the UK and use the en-GB spelling and grammar rules for my country whereas code analysis checks the spelling using en-US spelling and grammar. This is most annoying! Please allow it to use my currently selected locale when performing these checks.

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          • Improve performance of the ASP.NET Editor

            When an ASP.NET page gets complicated with around 20 textboxes and 20 labels for example. The performance of Visual Studio grinds to a very slow crawl. It can often take 30 seconds for the property window to catch up when you change controls. Saving the page can often take up to 15 seconds. Trying to use the editor in design mode at all becomes almost unusable.

            Another problem I noticed on these types of pages is if you select 5 or 10 text boxes at once and attempt to change a common property such as the max length property. The…

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            • Revert back to Upper casing for Menu bar in final release of VS 2015

              Hey Microsoft why don't you guys keep the menu bar in all caps because menu bar in VS 2015 preview is looking so ugly we want the same menu bar as in VS 2013.

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              • Don't lock project output files (assemblies) after build in Visual Studio

                After building a project or solution it happens regularly that Visual Studio locks the generated assemblies (file locks). Especcially with assemblies that will be loaded by editors (the BizTalk pipeline editor is notorious for this). For any later edit and build, you need to close and reopen Visual Studio.

                Don;t lock my files!

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                • Compare tool to ignore whitespace within a line, not just start and end

                  The compare tool in VS2013 curently ignores whitespace changes by trimming the end and the start but not within the line of code in C#.

                  It would be good if it could be added as an option to ignore whitespace within the line too.

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    • Specify directories for C++ project filters

                      With the .NET languages like C# the folders in which we place source files (*.cs) are mirrored in the file system. The same isn't true of C++. The folders/filters are virtual and only exist within the solution explorer and IDE.

                      I think it would be great if we could assign directory paths to these filters that would automatically keep the files in the right location when creating or moving files between the filters.

                      For example, I could have a solution structure like;

                      + Header Files
                      ++ base
                      +++ point.hpp
                      +++ size.hpp
                      +++ rect.hpp
                      + Source Files
                      ++ base
                      +++ point.cpp …

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                      • Give Output Windows the capability to filter after category

                        Debug.WriteLine("Info", "DebugCategory");

                        Then I want to filter for DebugCategory in the Output Windows

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                        • Extend CodeLens with information about the creator/owner

                          I often need information about the responsible developer in unfamiliar/other code.
                          With an extension (new tab) you could instant see the developer.

                          For example:

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                          • Add Control+D to duplicate line.

                            As a developer,
                            I would like to use Ctrl+D to duplicate a line,
                            So I don't have to highlight the text followed by Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V. This will devTime.

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                              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              • Format CSS without blank lines between rules

                                If I choose either "expanded" or "semi-expanded" for my "Brace positions" setting, Visual Studio adds an empty line between each rule definition. I'd prefer to have no blank lines between rules. Please add an option to omit the extra line breaks when formatting CSS.

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                                • Syntax Highlighting in Intellisense

                                  Intellisense should have an *option* (on by default) of having syntax highlighting. For long error messages it becomes nearly impossible to read what Intellisense says in the popup because there is no syntax highlighting or formatting. It seems like the IDE should be able to do a much better job here.

                                  Take a look at what the team building the TypeScript playground has done. Even though it's in a browser, the Intellisense there is far nicer to read than what Visual Studio has.

                                  http://www.typescriptlang.org/Playground/#src=function%20Greeter%28greeting%3A%20string%29%20{%0A%20%20%20%20this.greeting%20%3D%20greeting%3B%0A}%0A%0AGreeter.prototype.greet%20%3D%20function%28%29%20{%0A%20%20%20%20return%20%22Hello%2C%20%22%20%2B%20this.greeting%3B%0A}%0A%0Avar%20greeter%20%3D%20new%20Greeter%28%22world%22%29%3B%0A%0Avar%20button%20%3D%20document.createElement%28%27button%27%29%3B%0Abutton.textContent%20%3D%20%22Say%20Hello%22%3B%0Abutton.onclick%20%3D%20function%28%29%20{%0A%20%20%20%20alert%28greeter.greet%28%29%29%3B%0A}%3B%0A%0Adocument.body.appendChild%28button%29%3B%0Adocument.%0A

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                                  • Prepend folder name to title bar text

                                    If you open a folder (as opposed to a single file), it would be helpful to have the top-level folder name be shown in the title bar (along with the active file name, but shown first). This makes sense because opening a folder is like treating that folder as a "project" - and the UI would be similar to how Visual Studio shows you the project name in the title bar (as opposed to the active file name).

                                    This is especially important when working with multiple instances of VS Code in different folders. You may have lots of "_Layout.cshtml" files…

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                                    • Give users the option to enable/disable cutting and copying when there is no selection.

                                      Sometimes I want to paste (Ctrl-V) but accidentally hit copy (Ctrl-C) instead, I then have to copy the previous contents back in to the clipboard because Visual Studio's editor copies the entire line when there is no selecion. I understand that it is a useful feature to some people but it's annoying to others. There is a setting that reads: "Apply Cut or Copy commands to blank lines when there is no selection" But as it reads, it's only for blank lines. (Don't see why someone would want to cut/copy a blank line) And I tested this feature but it…

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                                      • It is time to make x64 bit version of Visual Studio!

                                        It is time to make x64 bit version of Visual Studio.
                                        Reason is that there are not x32 components left, but designers still running in x32 bit and they are asking x32 components.

                                        Also time to remove x32 as platform.

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                                        • Copy with highlighting

                                          I would really like to see "Copy as HTML with Syntax Highlight" with the respective theme. I do copy codes to word and ppts a lot, and as of now, i need to copy the code from VSCode, put into notepad++ where it has a very simple "Copy text with syntax highlighting" and from there copy to word. It would be awesome if VSCode can have a plugin or a built in feature for the same.

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