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  1. Dim or otherwise indicate "inactive" editor or built-in terminal

    One of the best features of VS Code is the built-in terminal. However, I often begin typing in the editor when in fact I think I'm in the terminal - and vice versa. To alleviate this issue, it would be helpful to visually indicate which portion of the IDE is "active" vs. "inactive". A simple dimming effect might just do the trick.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve the Fonts & Colors dialog

      I feel like the Fonts and Colors dialog has been largely unchanged for a decade or more. In fact I suspect it isn't that different from the Visual C++ 1.0 dialog, but instead of the dozen or so items it allowed you to change there are now something like 300.

      It might seem like a little thing, but you might want to consider that people with low vision accessibility needs can end up spending a lot of time in this dialog too.

      Two things in particular bother me:

      - You can't select multiple "display items" and modify them all at…

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      • Adding Custom Query macros or variables (@Token)

        At the moment there are some tokens like @Me, @ Project e.g. what if you can create your own once and define what happen (may be per config. list or accessible via API).

        Problem: You have different ToDo-Queries per Team, Version planner e.g. they plan, work and schedule something for a certain version. When this is done they switch to the next one. When they have to switch they have a lot of queries they have to update.

        With the new custom token you could switch the queries in one place and all are up-to-date.

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            • Visual Studio 2017 Splash Screen

              What the point of the big splash screen when it's used only to show the name of Visual Studio and use a sub dialog to show loading components and stuff like that ?!

              My suggest is to show the loading info in the splash screen itself like the attach images.

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              • provide effective CLI tooling for running multiple .NET Core projects in Visual Studio

                Debugging .NET Core web applications that require multiple Kestrel instances is often difficult. For example, consider an Aurelia client application using data provided by a .NET Core Web API that is secured by ASP.NET Identity, authorization through IdentityServer4. This could use three separate Kestrel instances:

                1. Web API
                2. IdentityServer4
                3. Client

                Using command prompts gets unwieldy, as they are opened outside of Visual Studio and managed manually. It would be simpler to keep track of everything if Visual Studio offered some sort of tooling for opening multiple command prompts and managing them as windows attached to the IDE.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Visual Studio .NET Standard level wrong?

                  In VS2017 the default .NET standard level for a new .NET standard class library should not be 1.4!

                  As a new user of VS 2017, I created a new .NET 4.62 project, added a new .NET standard class-library and then tried to add nunit Nuget package as a reference but failed instantly. I had to manually change the project to v1.6 to get nunit installed.

                  I mean for the typical "average user" scenario, adding new class library project and then adding nunit should just work out of the box!

                  The error you get is a bit cryptic and hard to…

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                  • Make it easier to create Symbol packages for .NET Standard Libraries

                    In the latest version of Visual Studio 2017 v15.3, when creating a .NET Standard library, the Package editor allows entering the details for generating a NuGet package.

                    The generated nuspec file then includes only the library .dll, but not the .pdb that should be submitted to the symbol server.

                    As such, the generated .nuspec should also include the .pdb if desired by the developer. Example:

                    <files>
                    <file src="D:\Source\GitHub\ndef-nfc\NdefLibrary\NdefLibrary\bin\Release\netstandard1.4\NdefLibrary.dll" target="lib\netstandard1.4\NdefLibrary.dll" />
                    <file src="D:\Source\GitHub\ndef-nfc\NdefLibrary\NdefLibrary\bin\Release\netstandard1.4\NdefLibrary.pdb" target="lib\netstandard1.4\NdefLibrary.pdb" />
                    </files>

                    If the tools generate both the .nupkg file, as well as the .symbol.nupkg file, the nuget push command would upload both files to the appropriate…

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                    • Whne using a CMake project, enable single file compile

                      Currently when you open a folder containing a CMake project, you can't compile 1 file at a time which slows down development.

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                      • Search option to skip unversioned files

                        In the 'Find and Replace' -> 'Find options' add a check box to only search versioned files. This option would allow the find-in-files to quickly pass all the bin and obj folders which most repositories ignore.

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                        • Able to clear Find/Replace History List

                          Before vs2017, I can clear Find/Replace History List by clear the registry items, but seems vs2017 changed the way these stored, no matter how they are stored, I think there should be a way or menu to clear these.
                          Same suggestion for File | Recent Files List, there should be a way or menu to clear them, like what VS Code does.

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                          • just my code enabled/disabled button

                            There needs to be a command that you can add to toolbars/menus that toggles just my code, as it is often required to change this setting off and on frequently.

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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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                                • Change CTRL+Click back from goto definition to highlight word

                                  CTRL+Click now is goto definition by default instead of highlight word. This makes many copy/paste operations difficult. The feature concept is good but would prefer the use of ATL+Click or the like. I believe the existing copy/paste convention should take precedence.

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                                  • code Styleguide on Solution / Project Level

                                    I like the new configurable code style guides. But they should be part of the solution or Project. I work on different projects, that have different style guides.

                                    Currently I can't use this tool because it spams me with warnings if I working on another project.

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                                      • Improve Visual Studio 2017 15.4 quality

                                        After Fall Creators Update Visual Studio 2017 15.4 become piece of ****.
                                        I just stop developing apps, can get in work flow when VS freezing and crashing on simple XAML design every few minutes.
                                        Straggling few days with crashes and freezes, but I'm done, can't stand enough.
                                        Could you focus on stability and quality rather that features.

                                        Really, Visual Studio very annoying these days!!!

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                                        • Prevent copying/cutting an empty selection *by default*

                                          I saw a suggestion similar to this one declined in 201, but I am submitting it anyway because I feel the behavior is irritating enough to merit another look.
                                          Presently if you fumble a Ctrl-V on an empty selection and hit Ctrl-C instead, it copies the empty selection to the clipboard. I fail to see any use case for pasting *nothing*, so I have no idea why this is even possible. These exists a setting "Apply cut or copy commands to blank lines when there is no selection," but this is enabled by default. It should be disabled by default,…

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