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  1. 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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          • Postfix Code Completion Suggestions & Templates

            Postfix code completion helps reduce backward caret jumps as you write code. It lets you transform an already typed expression to another one based on the postfix you added, the type of expression and its context. For example, the “.if” postfix applied to a boolean expression wraps it with an if statement. Likewise the ”.notnull” triggers a surround template checking the expression for the null value

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            • In TFS' "find changeset", we want to also search by terms in the check-in comment text

              In TFS' "find changeset", we want to also search by terms in the check-in comment text.
              The current search does not seem to offer much, in my opinion, and it is hard to find.

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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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                      • 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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                        • Expand/Collapse option for Included/Excluded changes in Team Explorer > Pending changes

                          I am using VS Professional 2015. Navigate to Team explorer > Pending Changes > Included or Excluded changes > View Options > Tree View, Right click on any underlying folder and you may get 4,5 options. Here we need Collapse all/Expand all options as it will definitely save developer's time to search for specific file in huge list. Most of time the list is huge.

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                          • Add C++ text editor option for pointer and reference spacing

                            In Tools->Options->Text Editor->C/C++->Formatting->Spacing, there are lots of options for various elements but peculiarly there isn't one for pointer and reference spacing, e.g.

                            T* t;
                            T *t;
                            T * t;

                            'Create declaration /definition' refactoring option always inserts probably least used form of T * t which I always need to fix-up.

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                            • Allow solutions to contain nested solutions

                              In my application, we make use of SDKs that are built separately. I would like to include the whole solution in my project, so I can debug easier.

                              I know I can select a solution file and it will import the the project files, but this does not work for me because those projects depend on .targets files that are in the $(SolutionDir).

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                              • Add Compare option when multi-selecting document tabs.

                                It is currently possible to select multiple documents in the document tab channel. This idea would add a context menu option to compare two selected tabs using the comparison tools (including, if set, the user option in Tools > Options > Source Control > Visual Studio Team Foundation Server > User Tools.)

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                                • Add scripting to code snippets (T4 + Roslyn)

                                  Code snippets are a good thing; however, they are often not intelligent enough. For instance the C# "met" snippet always inserts "public void MethodName( ) { }". Even inside a static class where "static" is missing or in an interface where "public" is superfluous.

                                  I suggest adding scripting functionality to code snippets, maybe through the T4 technology coupled with Roslyn. The code snippet would be aware of is syntactical context and could do very intelligent things.

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                                  • 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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                                    • Find and replace

                                      Hi,

                                      There should be option to save the regular expression by name in VS 2012 find and replace window, so that we can save any regular expression and use it while next time. E.g. to remove extra space we can save the (^(?([^\r\n])\s)*\r?$\r?\n) regular expression as “Remove extra lines”, and this will be appear under the standard regular expression list under “Custom Expressions” menu, So that we can use this saved expression next time.

                                      We can also provide manage custom search menu where we can provide the functionality to add edit, delete existing custom (User defined) saved regular expression.

                                      Anand…

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                                      • Find and Replace automatically set context to Selection

                                        Whenever I select a block of text and click CTRL+H to perform Find and Replace I would like that Find and Replace dialog context is automatically set to 'Selection'.
                                        This used to work like that in previous version of VS and I find it odd that it has been changed.

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                                        • 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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