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  1. Collapse editor region by clicking on #endregion

    Regions can be very large. Many times the user is closer to the endregion tag and therefore an improvement would be to make the endregion tag clickable in order to collapse the region. The current workflow requires first finding the start region tag and then clicking it.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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 →
      • 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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        • 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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            • Embed Terminal within VS like WebStorm

              One of the more invaluable tools I enjoy in JetBrains WebStorm is the embedded terminal within the IDE.

              This feature would default to the current working directory. With so much being done in package managers (Bower, NPM, JSPM) many are rather comfortable with command line interfaces. They are quicker less intrusive and simply feel right for these sorts of tasks.

              I don't believe this to be a difficult feature to add, but the return would be tenfold.

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              • Include Indent Guides Natively into Editors

                Although automatic indention in editors works pretty well, the formatted code lacks usability.

                It is difficult to spot which braces belong together or which indents are on the same level. It would be great to include guides that allow for more clearness in this respect.

                It would thus be advisable to include such a feature in one of the following, since such things are implemented in other (smaller/minor) IDEs and editors already.

                Having to rely on an extension like 'Indent Guides' (see http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/e792686d-542b-474a-8c55-630980e72c30) should not really be necessary for such a common editor feature.

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make Solution Explorer remember its new view

                  In VS2012 it is possible to create New Solution Explorer View which allows developer to have a separate solution explorer view showing only one project or only one folder. This is great when you open several separate sub-windows in IDE and arrange different files to different sub-windows and also you can dock your new solution explorer views to your sub-windows. The problem is that your new solution explorer view is not remembered when you close IDE. On the next startup you'll get your sub-windows but not your solution explorer views.

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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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                    • Extend the "Auto-load changes, if saved" to work with project (.csproj; .vbproj) & solution files (.sln)

                      Visual Studio 2012 contains the option "Auto-load changes, if saved", and while it works with many files in VS - it doesn't work with project & solution files. If they change outside of VS, you still get the reload prompt.

                      It would be great if the option was extended to cover those files too.

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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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                            • Create all necessary subfolders for solution directories and their child items on the physical disk.

                              1. Create a new solution folder for a solution in VS2010. Notice how a subfolder was not created on the physical disk's file structure.
                              2. Create a new item (for example, a text file) in the newly created solution folder. Notice how it was created directly in the solution file's folder instead of being created in a subfolder.
                              I understand that the purpose of a solution subfolder may not be to reflect physical disk's structure. But it would be really helpful to have such an option.

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                              • Fix the Performance problems with Visual Studio 2015

                                Visual Studio 2015 has become nearly unusable due to the slow loading, sluggish performance, and "timeouts" that plague the latest version of the software. If Microsoft wants developers to continue to use .Net for development of enterprise level software, then the tool used for that development needs to work.

                                Not all development shops need all of the extensions that can be loaded into Visual Studio. However, many of these tools are interdependent and must be installed in order for Visual Studio to function, resulting in a bloated IDE that uses too much memory and takes several minutes to process simple…

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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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                                  • Replace dialog scope default based on selected text

                                    When selecting text on a single line, default to Current Document with the selected text in the "Find" field. When selecting multiple lines of text, default the scope to Selection.

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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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                                      • 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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                                        • 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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