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  1. Add "Find in files" to the menu on solution explorer right click

    Adding a "Find in files..." option to folders in the Solution Explorer would make it easier to limit your file search to directories. The current way to do it is pretty cumbersome.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • add PhpDoc Block snippet functions + many more languages

      I know it is very easy to create your own snippet for it but I'd prefer the automatic creation of DocBlocks

      This package for Atom.IO https://atom.io/packages/docblockr is a perfect idea. It's a shame there is no plugins for this on VSCode but i'm sure a lot of people would love this feature!

      At the moment I'm having to use Atom to write up my API Documentation and it's a pain having to switch between editors

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      • "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 →
          • CMake for Linux

            When using a CMake project, I want to be able to build & debug on Linux. The whole point of CMake is portable projects. It is difficult that you have to use a windows specific project system to build on Linux.

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            • Add Webservice Reference for WADL

              Please add the capability to auto-generate a Proxy for Webservice, the same way as it is possible for WSDL.
              Project > References > Add Service Reference ... and this should also discover WADL and not only WSDL.

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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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                    • Why not add Live Preview to Visual Studio Web? Kind of like Brackets (http://brackets.io/) would be nice

                      This way, it will be easier to code your web app, while also viewing your changes in real-time.

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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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                        • Bring back wildcards to find & replace

                          In earlier versions of visual studio there was an option to include wildcards in find and/or replace search queries.
                          Why isn't this available in VS 2013?
                          It's perfect for quickly removing all comments in a project template and i don't see why you would remove such a nice feature!?

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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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                            • Add "refresh" button to the Find Results panel.

                              Otherwise, refreshing this panel involves going all the way back to the Find dialog, picking the right search term from the history, and picking the correct output panel (Find Results 1 or 2).

                              Unnecessarily tedious.

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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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                                      • CodeLens: Reflect references count on public fields

                                        Reflect references count on public fields as it is done on public properties.

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                                        • Respect privacy and business secrets

                                          Suggestion: Add respect for privacy to the maxims of VS product development.

                                          More and more I fear that Microsoft tries everything to fetch all my business critical code into its cloud, disrespecting any last particle of privacy and business secrecy, pushing developer experience heavily downwards. Regarding Visual Studio this comes up in some places:

                                          The new "report a problem" or "make a suggestion" feature is a big improvement to archaic MS Connect forms. However: If I am not careful, I send you screenshots of my sensible development work. Neither me nor my team members are allowed to send such screenshots,…

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