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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • highlight code blocks

      It would be really cool if Visual Studio highlighted code blocks. This feature would prevent me from getting lost in my code. Since I started programming on BlueJ, this feature helped me a lot to spot bugs such as forgetting a matching bracket. An example of what I am talking about is this: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q1e31vFdFsE/UmjUdIdt7EI/AAAAAAAABUw/t0kfHtaYApg/s1600/bluej-mcpi-editor-lowleveldemo.png
      This feature as also been implemented into Eclipse as a plugin called EditBox http://editbox.sourceforge.net/

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        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Categorized intellisence

        Intellisence list should be categorized (with tabs, separate listboxes, whatever), so is I'm looking for method I should not dig in a mess of events, properties, etc. Say, if itellisence window appeared, I press [1] for methods, [2] for properties, etc. and list is filtered accordingly.
        Also I would like to have favorite properties as well as "non-inherited" for easier navigation. Current intellisence list is just a mess and requires a lot of improvements.

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • In the Code Editor, do the colored brackets, if there are several in a row!

          Of course, the setting of color for each of the brackets.

          Imagine that you have a row of brackets 8 (not four, as in the screenshot)

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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Approach for editing code during f5 debug run w/o pausing

            In 2013 I have to pause, which may cause debugger to change editor to another file. Much of the time what I run is stuff that simply pausing it in debugger causes things to break beyond what the bug might be (eg. server maybe expecting responses every n seconds, otherwise the whole thing needs to be restarted and that could be really heavy process).

            A possible way to do this is, while the debugger is running, if you start to write comment with / it should allow writing that while running.

            A future improvement would be to allow writing code…

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              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add setting in Options to have the 'Keep test execution engine running' setting default disabled.

              Add setting in Options to have the 'Keep test execution engine running' setting default disabled. I have build problems when the test execution engine keeps running after performing a unit test. Regularly, I forget to disable this option when I start Visual Studio, so I need to restart Visual Studio.

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              • Add QuickAction to refactor var to implicit type

                I regularly type var as a time saver but would prefer the strong type itself to be in code.
                So I type:
                var result = SomeMethod();
                I would like to do a quick action on var to convert it to:
                List<SomeType> result = SomeMethod();

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                • Support superscript and subscript for identifiers

                  I would like to see the ability to make parts of an identifier superscript or subscript, particularly for when writing a mathematical equation/formula it's helpful to be able to have the same variables as it uses.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support for Auto Closing Tabs

                    Implement an option to check if a tab has been open for X amount of time and idle(aka you haven't used it). If so, close it (prompt for close?).
                    So you don't end up with 100 tabs open and you only use 20 of them (Numbers are just example :P )

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Please don't generate internal setters when generating new properties.

                      When I generate a property using the intellisense menu (I typed a property name that doesn't exist, ctrl, ., enter), the setter is always internal. 90% of the time, I have to remove the access modifier from the setter. Most of the time that I generate properties this way, I'm making a view model or a poco object for an ORM(like EF code first). In these cases, internal setters could actually cause bugs. XAML bindings won't work two-way, MVC model binders will silently fail to bind properties, entity framework won't be able to set properties in entities. Please don't make…

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Show the full path of the selected solution explorer file

                        When one is drilled into a deeply nested folder structure, in Solution Explorer, it is not evident what the full path to the selected folder or file is. If it happens to be a file that is selected, I can find its tab and hover over it, but it could and should be easier than that. In Windows Explorer, an address bar shows the full path. In the VS designer, I can also see the full "path" of an HTML element. Ideally, VS would do the same for the full path of the selected solution explorer file or folder. It…

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                          • Exclude Unit Tests from Release version by incorporating a switch to exclude objects with attributes such as [TestMethod].

                            The only strategy currently available is to write Unit Tests in a separate assembly. However, this does not facilitate Test Driven Design because of the absence of a "generate" function. Other cons to this approach are that the visibility of all tested objects have to be increased to "public", and there is no IDE check for syntactic compatibility between the test and tested object (which is essential for refactoring). A better approach would be to include the Unit Tests in the same assembly as the production code but, presently, there is no way to exclude the Unit Tests from the…

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                            • Provide the ability to regenerate ASP.NET Designer Files

                              With Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio 2015, the ability to "Convert to Web Application" has been removed. This makes the process of importing or converting existing ASP.NET Web Site projects a manual process once again. Therefore, there should be a right-click menu option to regenerate ASP.NET Designer Files on an individual basis for development teams wishing to convert over their ASP.NET Web Site files and projects over to ASP.NET Web Applications.

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                              • Simpler 'find in folder' functionality

                                While it's currently possible to do a search/replace in a particular folder, it's pretty cumbersome. Please consider simplifying this (i.e. pressing ctrl+shift+F with a folder selected in Solution Explorer could add a 'Current folder' option in the Look in dropdown).

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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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                                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow Editor Style integration with Metadata

                                    Sample idea:

                                    "I want to tell VS that EF scalar and navigation properties in a linq query must be colored orange in my code."

                                    General Idea:

                                    Suppose you have a Data Layer generated by your own T4 templates for Entity Framework, and you add some properties to those Entity classes through partials. Then you make many linq queries.
                                    How many time you peek to the definition of some property in order to know if it is a custom property or an actual EF mapped property?

                                    It could be nice that we can match attributes (e.g. [NavigationProperty]) with some visual style…

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow users to switch users when signing in with a different user account

                                      Currently if I try to sign in with a different user account the following error is displayed (attached):

                                      "We were unable to establish a connection because it configured for user name@OLD.com but you attempted to connect using user name@NEW.com. To connect as a different user perform a switch user operation [...]"

                                      This error message makes it clear that you know the user is trying to login with a different login. But instead of being to immediately take action you force the user to click okay, then go dig through menus and try to figure out how to "perform a…

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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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                                        • Add IntelliSense for HTML/CSS/JavaScript inside Scripted File Types

                                          In various file types such as .php, where you may have a mix of PHP code, HTML, CSS and JavaScript. It would be nice for IntilliSense to work in their respective areas. So for PHP as the example, when outside of <?php ... ?> blocks, use standard HTML/CSS/JavaScript IntilliSense.

                                          This would make the overall experience nicer, even if IntelliSense for the scripting language is not supported.

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