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  1. "View White Space" should show line endings too

    As described here: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/621096/view-white-space-should-show-line-endings-too

    Request:
    * Visual Studio > Edit menu > Advanced > View White Space.
    * Currently, this feature shows a symbol for space and tab characters.
    * I would like to be able to view line endings too.
    * I would like to be able to view what style of line ending was used.

    And that's it for the request.

    And now I offer some suggestions as to how this may look. Here's what I've seen other tools do:
    * TortoiseMerge uses a single, unobtrusive symbol. It is "light" and does not distract from the main document…

    355 votes
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      5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 348 votes
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        19 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hello everyone!

        Thank you for taking the time to vote and comment on this ask. Unfortunately, the current ask is not specific enough for us to take an action.

        In an effort to better understand your needs around this scenario, we’ll ask you to please visit the survey below and help us define the ask better.
        https://www.research.net/r/TK6FKGW

        In a few weeks, we’ll aggregate the results and provide an update.

        Thank you!

        Ruben Rios
        Program Manager
        Visual Studio IDE Team

      • Give option to search only in uncommented code

        When searching for a string in a project's source code, I often find myself wasting time examining lines that have been commented out. it would be useful to offer an option to return only lines that are not commented out, so as not to confuse the results.

        335 votes
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          14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add shortcut to quickly open / close CodeLens function

          In Visual Studio 2013 Preview,
          CodeLens function is very powerful, but when we want to close or open it ... set step is too much. ( see Q&A : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/dn269218(v=vs.120).aspx )

          Add a shortcut, when we need it just "click (shortcut)" and show it, when we close is same.

          323 votes
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            5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

            The VS editor should support italics for syntax highlighting.
            Why bold, but not italics?

            321 votes
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              7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 317 votes
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                5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Exclude outlining operations from the undo/redo stack

                There's something really annoying in Visual Studio : where I expand or collapse a method or code region, this action is pushed on the undo stack. So if I edit some code in a method, then collapse that method, and then want to undo my change, I have to undo twice : once for the collapse action, and once for the change in code. This can be VERY confusing if you expanded or collapsed several things after editing the code, the editor keeps jumping to different places and you don't know whether your changes have been undone or not... Please,…

                315 votes
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                  17 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 272 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support elastic tab stops

                    Support elastic tab stops! Just look at the picture on this web site:

                    http://nickgravgaard.com/elastictabstops/

                    P.S. we should be able to make the choice between spaces/tabs/elastic tabs on a per-solution (or per-project) basis.

                    253 votes
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                      8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Bring back individual zoom levels for each window

                      Individual zoom levels are key to comparing and editing code in large projects. Please bring that back in VS2015.

                      251 votes
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                        24 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Line Spacing

                        Please allow the line spacing to be adjustable with the editor. Thanks.

                        237 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Scroll horizontally using Shift + Mouse Wheel

                          Many applications (e.g. Visio) and editors (e.g. EditPlus) have Shift+MouseWheelScroll wired up to a horizontal scroll action.

                          This seems like a useful convention to adopt in Visual Studio for the text editor (and others)

                          233 votes
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                            16 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Improve the Structure Visualizer in Visual Studio 2017

                            In Visual Studio 2017, some parts of the Structure Visualizer from the Productivity Power Tools were added to Visual Studio.

                            Others were not included in the port.

                            This UserVoice item is intended to gauge broader feedback for the following capabilities which we've heard about from some users. If voting for this item, please feel free to give a priority on the following in your comments (as well as any other comments you may have):

                            1. Different in editor line colors per “block level” (i.e. colors indicate how deep you are only)
                            2. Different in editor line colors per semantic unit…

                            219 votes
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                              52 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Implement indexed full-text search of source code, config files, and project files

                              Visual Studio projects can contain hundreds and even thousands of documents. Searching through these documents using Find-In-Files is slow and error prone. About a decade of academic research strongly suggests that an information retrieval approach to searching source code would be faster and provide better results.

                              While the Visual Studio team has noticed the need for better search tools, as evidenced by their recent "Search Everywhere" blog (see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2011/10/11/visual-studio-11-developer-preview-search-everywhere.aspx). Unfortunately, every recently introduced search tool still relies on regular-expressions or simple pattern-matching. To put this in context, the modern IDE uses search technology essentially identical to grep, which was…

                              216 votes
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                                7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Bring the subtle Office 2013 smooth scrolling/typing to Visual Studio 2012

                                Warning, this suggestion might be frowned upon.

                                In the recently announced Office 2013, one of the nicer features is the subtle smooth scrolling and typing animations.

                                I propose adding those features in Visual Studio 2012, as an option, of course, so people could turn it on and off.

                                201 votes
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                                  14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add "Ignore Case" and "Ignore Whitespace" options to the Diff window

                                  The Diff and Merge tool in VS 2010 and earlier support command line options for ignoring case and ignoring whitespace but these don't seem to be available in the integrated diff tool for Visual Studio 2012.

                                  193 votes
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                                    9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Fix code formatting/indenting when using tabs in MVC Razor

                                    Currently the HTML code editor seems to have a bug when formatting MVC Razor code and the tab style is set to use Tabs rather than Spaces. It is personal preference whether tabs or spaces are used but currently the editor only supports properly indenting code when using spaces. As soon as tabs are selected typing a closing bracket messes-up the indentation of code and Ctrl-Z has to be pressed to undo the auto-formatting.

                                    Please fix it so that code formatting using Tabs works as well as when using Spaces.

                                    See also: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6902204/why-doesnt-visual-studio-code-formatting-work-properly-for-razor-markup

                                    175 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 161 votes
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                                        9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Case-Preserving Search & Replace

                                        We need case preserving Search & Replace.

                                        This needs to be a new option, mutually exclusive with case-sensitive search& replace, performing a case-insensitive search and a case-preserving replace, that is...

                                        Say I want to rename "delete" to "erase"

                                        delete
                                        Delete
                                        DELETE

                                        all gets renamed to

                                        erase
                                        Erase
                                        ERASE

                                        in a single case-preserving search & replace operation.

                                        Of course this must work for Search & Replace in Files too.

                                        Thanks!

                                        159 votes
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                                          9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Fix the Font & Colors dialog

                                          please fix this dialog. it hasn't changed for years, it desparately needs some attention.

                                          consider this use case:
                                          - i'm editing some code and part of it is red. i want to change it to blue.
                                          - i open the fonts & colors dialog
                                          - i scroll through the HUGE, completely disorganized 'display items' list
                                          - i have to guess which of those items applies to the red text I want to change. sometimes it's obvious, most of the time it's not...
                                          - usually, i have to select each item in that list, one-by-one, looking for one that's the right…

                                          158 votes
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