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  1. 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.

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      14 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?

      311 votes
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        7 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,…

        297 votes
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          16 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add support for the Delphi (Object Pascal) Programming Language

          I would like to be able to develop Windows 10 apps using the Delphi (Object Pascal) programming language in Visual Studio.

          296 votes
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            10 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Color Theme Editor for 2017

            Like 2012, 2013 and 2017, the IDE should have the ability to customize the colors. Either native or through an Extension.

            294 votes
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              12 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 254 votes
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                3 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.

                246 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 225 votes
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                    4 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 →
                      • 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.

                        199 votes
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                          21 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)

                          190 votes
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                            14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Visual Studio For Linux OS

                            Release Visual Studio IDE for Linux OS

                            190 votes
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                              7 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.

                              169 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

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

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

                                  164 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 153 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…

                                      150 votes
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                                        13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Smarter indentation and alignment

                                        There's a difference between indentation and alignment.
                                        Indentation happens at the block level, in the C derivatives (C++, C#, Java, ...), after an opening curly brace.
                                        Alignment happens when one wants to align things on the same column beyond indentation for improved readability, like function params (either call or declaration/definition), getters/setters' names

                                        Unfortunately, when one starts typing aligned things (with tabs on the beginning on the lign for indentation, then spaces for alignment), and types enter for a new line, VS changes all the carefully typed alignment spaces into tabs.

                                        This is annoying because...
                                        1. When someone else opens the…

                                        150 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow code clone detection to be run from command line and/or MSBuild

                                          The new code clone detection feature seems to be very tightly coupled to the project object model exposed by the IDE. This essentially makes it impossible to use within automated builds. Please consider changing the "innards" so that the tool can be used to break an automated build (including builds run outside the IDE) when duplicate code is found.

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