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  1. Don't delete bookmarks when the corresponding line is deleted or cut

    When a line of code that had been bookmarked is deleted, that very bookmark is deleted too. Also when such line of code is cut, the bookmark is lost (it doesn't reappear somewhere else after pasting). Finally, when the line is emptied (select as a whole without linefeed, press Del) the bookmark disappears.

    This behaviour is rather unexpected, since the bookmark is meant to mark a location. "Location" is a certain part of code (hence it's correct that the bookmark moves as soon as lines above are inserted or removed), but not a particular line of code.

    This limits usefulness…

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    • Add support for expanded context menu items.

      Context menus in Visual Studio are cluttered with a lot of unused items. I suggest that, similar to a lot of places in Windows, expanded context menu support be added to Visual Studio so that the context menu is simplified with most used items in the right click context menu. Then if you need to do an advanced command, shift+right click will give you the additional options. The ability to modify which items show up in the expanded menu and standard menu would be an added plus!

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      • Shift+Tab should unindent the line no matter where the cursor is on the line

        Since Shift+Tab has no meaning besides unindent, pressing this shortcut should trigger that behavior from anywhere on the line.

        Examples (period is space, pipe is cursor location, tab width is two spaces):
        ....|sometext -> shift+tab -> ..|sometext
        |....sometext -> shift+tab ->|..sometext
        ....some|text -> shift+tab -> ..some|text

        Currently only the first example works and the second and third have no effect. (Shift+Tab only unindents the line if the cursor is placed before any characters except whitespace. If the cursor is at the beginning of the line and shift tab is placed, nothing happens even if there is whitespace before the first…

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        • Stop or reuse running tasks in Task Runner Explorer when project is reloaded.

          If using a VCS such as GIT, and you work with branches, switching branches often causes the project to reload. Additionally, if you've bound a Task Runner Explorer task to "Project Open" and it's a watch task, it will not kill or reuse the previous task that was already running. So you end up with a lot of running watch tasks.

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          • Breakpoint condition/message history

            It would greatly improve productivity if we could pick a condition/message in a "recent list" when creating a new breakpoint.

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            • Add multiple custom build steps for MSBuild projects

              I would like to add multiple custom build steps to a MSBuild project. For me, it's specifically a VC++ project. For example, I would like to do the following:

              <ItemDefinitionGroup>
              <CustomBuildStep>
              <Command>makecab.exe $(ProjectDir)main.cpp $(TargetName).cab</Command>
              <Outputs>$(TargetName).cab</Outputs>
              <Inputs>$(TargetFileName)</Inputs>
              </CustomBuildStep>

              <CustomBuildStep>
              <Command>SomeOtherApplication.exe SomeOtherUnrelatedInputFiles.in SomeOtherUnrelatedFileToTheOtherStep.out</Command>
              <Outputs>SomeOtherUnrelatedFileToTheOtherStep.out</Outputs>
              <Inputs>SomeOtherUnrelatedInputFiles.in</Inputs>
              </CustomBuildStep>

              </ItemDefinitionGroup>

              I know you can add multiple commands/targets/dependencies to a custom build. However, that does not work well when each of the steps are unrelated.

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              • Indicate when an invisible character (such as "zero-width space" / U+200B) is present in a string literal

                In the Visual Studio code editor, please indicate (somehow) when an invisible character such as "Zero-width space" (unicode U+200B) is present in a string literal.

                Such characters can lead to hard-to-diagnose bugs such as HttpWebRequest.CreateHttp(string url) throwing an UriFormatException when passed an innocuous-looking string literal such as "​http://www.microsoft.com&quot; (where the first character in the literal is not "h", as it appears, but rather the zero-width space character).

                Source: http://stackoverflow.com/q/32013346/12484

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                • Please, make the "Find Window" undockable, on big monitors its fixed top-right position is very uncomfortable

                  The "Find" window (CTRL+F) fixed position is very uncomfortable when one's using a big monitor, so it should be undockable ( and be transformed into the window similar to "Find in Files" (CTRL+SHIFT+F) ), or at the very least, user should be able to select which corner this window will be docked to

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                  • manage conditional compilation symbols for all projects on solution

                    To make it easier to exchange the conditional compilation symbols of all projects in the solution all at once.

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                    • Make it easier to edit global elements

                      When I installed Boost I had to add global include paths in "...user.props" xml file. Adding library paths or configurations is also a pain. I don't know why you deleted an option to do it just with VS. Please bring that back.

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                      • Collapse code blocks from the bottom

                        I would like to see the ability to collapse a code block of the block as well as the top. This would assist editing large files.

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                        • Build a Solution designer to give us better control over project/solution configurations, platforms, and other settings.

                          The current dialog box for editing project and solution configurations/platforms hasn't changed in years, and it's very cumbersome to make bulk changes.

                          We do not use the default "Debug" and "Release" configurations, but have a configuration defined for each target environment, by name, and one configuration for each developer to use for their local workstation.

                          Whenever a new project gets added, Visual Studio insists on creating "Debug" and "Release". If I don't remember to delete them when I create the project, it becomes very difficult to find which project has the unwanted configurations, because it takes multiple layers of comboboxes…

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                          • Make the UI before "responsive"

                            At work I use a high res screen and at home I just use the low res notebook screen. When moving between environments I always need to change a bunch of settings/pinned items etc

                            It would be great if the IDE could automatically or semi-automatically handle this in some way.

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                            • Honor the .gitignore rules on the file listing view

                              avoid showing build artifact/autosave files...

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                              • Color identifiers

                                Please colorize identifiers so that they are easier to recognize their purpose at a glance. For example, ReSharper colorizes types, methods, fields/properties, and events all differently. Visual Studio out of the box only colorizes keywords and class declarations.

                                Roslyn knows all this information about the code- now let the user benefit from it!

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                                • group digits in Numbers shown by the debugger

                                  it would be helpful if Numbers shown by the debugger (for example in the "Locals" Window or the Window that pops up when hovering over a variable Name) would be displayed with grouped digits.

                                  if this is too narrow you could go for general custom formatting of said numbers.

                                  This would be useful even just as a global IDE wide setting without overrides scoped to type or function.

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                                  • Capability of changing current code page (AKA set default encoding)

                                    For now, visual studio 2015 (I'm using community version, I have no idea about others ) doesn't support the function of changing current code page (AKA set default encoding). And this also confirm by an asked question at official visual studio forum.

                                    I wound like to describe the scenario again as below:

                                    Scenario:
                                    1. A project and all its file created under UTF-8 encoding
                                    2. A chinese simplified version windows 10 operating system
                                    3. A chinese simplified version visual studio 2015 installed in the system above

                                    Problem:
                                    • Now we open the project with the visual studio we installed, the…

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                                    • Default Localizable = True

                                      In VS when a Windows Form or User Control is created in a project, the "Localizable" property for that form or control defaults to "False". I almost always want it to be "True" and sometimes forget to set it which causes our localization team grief. I'd love a way to change the default behavior for this. Currently I don't see a way to change the default.

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                                      • Add option to MIDL compiler to suppress output noise

                                        When compiling an IDL file, there's far too much uninteresting output written. Each imported/included file is output, e.g.:

                                        Processing C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Include\um\oaidl.idl
                                        oaidl.idl

                                        It' analogous to turning on the c/c++ compiler option "Show Includes" - not very useful most of the time.

                                        Ideally, by default, the output would simply contain the name of the idl file processed in the project - just like the c++ compiler.

                                        Also, why does it generate a warning when you override an option? We have /W0 turned on which generates a warning (ironic):

                                        2>midl : command line warning MIDL1015: /W0 or /no_warn overrides warning-level…

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                                        • Colour code // TODO: comments with different colour from usual comments

                                          Colour code // TODO: comments with different colour from normal comments. Instead of green, make it blue or red etc so it stands out more and can be distinguished quickly while scrolling.

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