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  1. Visual Studio Perforemence

    Visual Studio 2015's performance is horrendous. Working on large projects is extremely difficult due to VS poor ability to use resources effectively. I have 32GB of RAM and 12 core CPU, yet when I work on one of my large projects, visual studio becomes very sluggish, often freezes up and when I look at the my resources I still have ~24GB of free RAM and plenty of CPU power.
    I highly suggest that you invest more efforts in making VS2017 perform better than its predecessor. I love VS and I still think it is one of the best IDEs but…

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    • Allow themeing the file icons like in vs code

      I really like the new file icon setting in vs code and would love to use the seti icon set in visual studio as well.

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      • JSON Hyper-Schema support

        Currently JSON Hyper-Schema is not supported for no apparent reason. For example the following JSON shows the warning "The type of schema applied to the document is not supported"

        { "$schema": "http://json-schema.org/draft-04/hyper-schema#" }

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        • Keep wildcard include when adding matching file to project

          Keep wildcard include when adding matching file to project

          Being able to include files in a project via a wildcard is a nice feature but VS removes the wildcard and replaces it with individual inclusions for each matching file whenever I add or remove a file that matches the wildcard.

          For example, this:
          <ItemGroup>
          <None Include="Features\*.feature" />
          </ItemGroup>

          Becomes this:
          <ItemGroup>
          <None Include="Features\Authentication.feature" />
          <None Include="Features\SpecFlowFeature1.feature" />
          <None Include="Features\SystemSmokeTest.feature" />
          </ItemGroup>

          This is carried over from a previous suggestion that was closed:

          https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/suggestions/7013688-keep-wildcard-include-when-adding-matching-file-to

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          • Add a Close Solution button on "File Modification Detected" dialog

            When I merge a branch or any operation in git that changes files, the "File Modification Detected" modal/dialog pops up and gives me an option that either takes a long time or puts my files in an inconsistent state. It would be extremely convenient to have a "Close Solution" button so I can ensure VS and extensions don't have any file locks.

            See image from this tweet.
            https://twitter.com/daerogami/status/857290726392180737

            Alternatively, Close Solution/Project should replace Ignore and Ignore All. But I only say that because I can't think of a reason I would want to put my editor in an inconsistent state…

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            • Build Output - Intermediate path configuration should be as flexible in C# as in C++

              Allow users to redirect where code generated files are stored the way Visual C++ does.
              e.g. Be able to use something like $(VCOutDir)\$(SolutionName)\$(ProjectName)\$(Configuration) to redirect generated binaries to some folder other than where source code is kept.

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              • Bring the ctrl+d shortcut from Visual Studio Code

                In visual studio code ther is a feature to Add Selection To Next Find Match. crtl+d is the default shortcut in Visual Studio Code, Atom, Sublime and other good editors.
                (editor.action.addSelectionToNextFindMatch)
                https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/customization/keybindings

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Date based history tree for "Recent Projects and Solutions"

                  Under "File"-> "Recent Projects and Soulutions" there is now only a list for recent projects and solutions.
                  Would be nice to have a view with a tree kind of a structure for "Project and Solutions" - this week, last week, this month, last month, ..
                  Could make it easier to find projects that you worked on some weeks or months before.

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                  • Installer: Clicking on the Workload buckets should not automatically select/deselect the items

                    Clicking on the workload buckets in the installer should not automatically (de)select the workload and the associated individual components. The current behavior makes it difficult to preview which individual components are bundled in the workload. Explicitly selecting/deselecting the checkbox for the workload should be required for adding/removing.

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                    • Basic support for git sub modules

                      If I add a submodule to my git repo, VS does not download it first time (init) or update it on pulls. Because of this when other people open my project the builds will fail. tfs online supports downloading of sub modules when it pulls the code from git so visual studio should also support this.

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                      • Group references in .Net projects like dependencies are group in .Net Core projects

                        Please group References (.Net Project) in the Solution Explorer by “.Net”, “Projects”, “NuGet”…

                        Like Dependencies are grouped in .Net Core projects

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                        • Ctrl+click to recursively expand/collapse outlining regions

                          When Ctrl+clicking the +/- box of an outlining region, expand/collapse all the regions inside this block too. SciTE editor can do this, it's great for productivity.

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                            2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Improve the Configuration Manager

                            The Configuration Manager for Visual Studio 2015 and 2017 is neither resizable nor very fast. As Rob Prouse already suggested in his idea 'Make Configuration Manager faster' (https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/suggestions/2255413-make-configuration-manager-faster) which recevied 59 votes and still has been closed because of the plans for VS "15" aka. Visual Studio 2017, this should really be improved. Because of the comment from the Visual Studio UV Site Admin, Microsoft is well aware of this problem since several version and has not yet acted on it, hence I will post this suggestion idea again, while copying the suggestions made by Rob Prouse and…

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                            • Visual Studio offers a great way to edit source code through IntelliSense. It would be great through to have something like "Scripts/Automa

                              Visual Studio offers a great way to edit source code through IntelliSense. It would be great through to have something like "Scripts/Automation". I imagine something like putting a button in your source code editor that counts up the version number when clicked, or in general: modifies the source code in a certain way. I cannot only imagine this for buttons, but also other controls like CheckBoxes (e.g. to comment and uncomment code), RadioButtons (e.g. to switch out small parts of the code quickly).

                              This kind of programmable source code controls would make life a whole lot easier.

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                              • Do NOT remove Silverlight from VS 15

                                It appears that Silverlight is being removed from visual studio 15. Given Microsoft public statements "Microsoft continues to support Silverlight, and remains committed to doing so into 2021" this seems very inconsistent with that. We will struggle to run visual studio 2015 in 2020.

                                Silverlight needs to be part of visual studio. There are still obviously tens of thousands of people developing for it (based on votes for Silverlight 6).

                                There are many people like me continuing to develop Silverlight products. I have shared code on my Web server that is shared with my WPF applications. I need to be…

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                                • Non-Compile non-code Projects for Visual Studio

                                  Solutions folders are "virtual" folders that behave very differently from "project" folders that directly match the file tree.

                                  We often desire the ability to have large folder full of items that are not directly associated with any particular "project" in Visual Studio - for example, a pile of powershell scripts used by the build system. Or shared references that are not being managed by NuGet. Or web-projects that aren't ASP. Or documentation.

                                  Managing these objects with Solution Folders as non-project items is extremely tedious.

                                  Since there is no interest in making solution folders easier:
                                  https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/642861/solution-folders-automatically-mapped-into-physical-folders

                                  could we make projects handle…

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                                  • Add command/hotkey for completion list navigation

                                    When a completion pops up, the only way to move the completion candidate is using arrow keys.

                                    Example:
                                    After input `Console.WL`, the intellisense window suggests me with `WindowLeft` selected, with `WriteLine` below it.

                                    If I want to tab `WriteLine` out, I may have to input more like `Console.WLin` or use DOWN key to select `WriteLine`.

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                                    It would be great if we can have some hotkey or command to navigate through the completion popup window.
                                    Just like what `Ctrl-N` in vim dose [1].

                                    So in the example above, I can use some hotkey to select the `WriteLine` without have to…

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                                    • Ignore spacing in more situations

                                      At present you can ignore spaces in declaration statements but I also like to space out (align) other statements.

                                      For instance assignments:

                                      var1 = 1;
                                      vartwo = "two";
                                      longvariable = 3;

                                      And also event attachment.

                                      myevent += handler;
                                      alongevent += handler;
                                      yetanotherevent += handler;

                                      When I reformat a document at the moment, all those additional spaces get removed.

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                                      • Provide offline installation for Visual Studio 2017

                                        To install a newer version of visual studio it takes a lot of time and it takes even more when you work with online installer I think it's not that hard to give us an option for offline installer even for the free versions of visual studio I hope you do it as fast as you can

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                                        • Shortcut to close a file/tab in visual studio editor

                                          In Visual Studio when multiple files are opened (in the tabs) for instance, 25 files and if a file needs to be closed then down-arrow at the far right-end needs to be clicked and choose the file then after it is opened (the tab is made visible), need to click 'x' to close the file.
                                          Instead, how about placing an 'x' on the drop-down list itself either in the front or at the end of file (when all the files are shown in the drop-down). This way, there is no need to select the file from drop-down and then close…

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