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  1. 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 →
    • Open File In File Explorer

      Add an option for "Open File In File Exploreer". There's already an option "Open Folder in File Explorer". Why is this not just a generic command for file or folder?

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      • Add an option to the search&replace to ignore comments

        so if I'm searching for all instances of "foo" in my code, it will not show me //foo or /*foo*/. I know you can already do it with regular expressions but this would be available as a simple on/off button, like "match case" and "match whole word".

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        • 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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                    • 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 the path macros to Command Tool Window

                            Make the path macros that are available for Build Commands and Properties like $(SolutionDir) and $(ProjectDir) available in the Command Tool Window, specifically with support for the Shell command.

                            Full original question from Stack Overflow here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/16990493/are-visual-studio-macros-available-in-the-command-tool-window

                            Command Tool Window - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/c338aexd.aspx

                            Macros for Build Commands and Properties - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/c02as0cs.aspx

                            Arguments for External Tools - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ekbzk5f8%28v=vs.110%29.aspx

                            Shell Command - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/0xca6kdd%28v=vs.110%29.aspx

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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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                                  • Attach documents to code editor

                                    I wish there was a possibility to attach documents to the code editor. For example,i want attach the flow chart diagram file or picture file to be attached to a method or block of codes.

                                    Thanks.

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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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                                      • 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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                                        • 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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