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  1. 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,…

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      15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Split VS11 windows horizontally and vertically the at same time.

      It would be nice if you could split VS11 windows horizontally and vertically (read: create a vertical tab group on a horizontal tab group and vice versa) the at same time as display size increases constantly.

      So you'll be able to have a arrangement of your files like http://jsfiddle.net/ provides.

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        14 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.

        237 votes
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          7 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

          162 votes
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            3 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)

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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…

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                4 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.

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                  17 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Automatically fix fixable errors

                  Some errors in the error list could be automatically fixed. For instance, you build your code and the error "The type 'bla' is not referenced. You must add a reference to assembly 'System.Data.Entity'" appears in the error pane. This error is easily fixed by adding the correct reference to the project, but since Studio already knows what it's looking for, it knows where it's located (GAC), why isn't there an option to fix it?

                  It would be nice if the error pane would have a column "Autoresolve" with for each error which migh be fixable a link "Try resolving". Studio…

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                    6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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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…

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                        13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Different icons for DLL-refs and Project-refs

                        In the project reference folder there is a list of references to other assemblies. These can be referenced by pointing to a dll or to another project in the solution. It would be really helpful and emphazise correct linking if one could easily see (on the icon) whether the refence is made to a project or to a dll.

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                          2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Line Spacing

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

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                            4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • New VS option to have fully qualified using definitions inside the namespace

                            It would be nice it there were an option to specify if using definitions, added inside a namespace, should be added fully qualified or shortened using the "Quick Fix" command.
                            Current it's only possible to add shortened usings, which leads to a strange sorting order for sub-namespaces (and doesn't give that good of an overview what namespaces are used in that scope).
                            Also the current Visual Studio 2015 feature removes the empty line that separates the using definitions and the class documentation comment, that should probably just be fixed.

                            For details and some screenshots of the current behavior see: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/visualstudiogeneral/thread/8673cc0c-679c-493a-baa3-611a33acdc18/

                            125 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enable Local History

                              Other IDEs have local history tracking. It's really useful for when something is almost right, but not ready to commit. Then a couple changes are made to try and finish it up. Turns out those changes make it worse. Depending on how big those changes were and how many files you touched it can be a nightmare. Local history makes it easy to rewind. This is especially useful for css/javascript where a small change can have a large impact.

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                                8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                As we investigate this proposed model, we have a general question for you.

                                1. We support Undo stacks in the tool.
                                2. There is an extension “auto-history” that provides a level of automatic roll-back, based on heuristics/events to perform snapshots
                                3. Local repo support.

                                If we think of the above as a continuum from simple undo to a more explicit commit, we would like to hear feedback on how you’d prefer a model for local history support on this spectrum. E.g. is the preferred model to allow automatic snapshotting to a local repo?

                              • Allow custom font rasterize in Visual Studio text editor

                                For some of us, we love Mactype - the font rasterizer that render nice and smooth font (similar to Mac).

                                However Visual Studio text editor component is written using WPF and at the current moment, MacType do not support it. The dev team of MacType seem to ignore this problem.

                                Can we have the technical details how to override the font rendering in VS text editor so that we can continue enhancing MacType ? Or best if Visual Studio Team can allow custom font rasterizing in text-editor.

                                With MacType, Eclipse code look perfect. Please see the different between Eclipse and…

                                114 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Fix Drag and drop to open file when running as Administrator

                                  Dragging & dropping a file when running VS as administrator doesn't work, yet you must run VS as administrator when using IIS for debugging etc.

                                  Reference: connectID 537964 from 3/1/2010
                                  http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/537964/drag-and-drop-to-open-file-is-not-working-when-run-as-administrator

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                                    16 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Link To Line

                                    Provide a way to send links to co-workers that will open a file and jump to a specific line. ( vs://SolutionName/Project/File:Line86 )

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                                      9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Insert * at the start of new lines when writing /* */ comments option is not being saved

                                      Options->Text Editor->C#->Advanced
                                      Insert * at the start of new lines when writing /* */ comments

                                      Setting is not saved properly.

                                      It randomly turns back on upon restarting editor.

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                                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Wrap lines intelligently (simulating indents)

                                        Like other text editors, Visual Studio has a word wrap feature (Tools / Options / Text Editor / All languages / Word wrap ). However unlike other text editors, Visual Studio's word wrap ignores indents, spilling the line continuation into the margin. This makes the page very messy.

                                        Take a look how other text editors do line wrap (screenshot of Notepad++ attached), respecting indentation, so the line continuation is displayed with the same margin. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12324453/wrap-lines-intelligently-simulating-indents-in-visual-studio-2012

                                        Another bug with Visual Studio's word wrap is that triple clicking in the editor selects the line on screen rather than the physical line as…

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                                          7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Solution Explorer Context Menu - "Register Assembly" in a bad place...

                                          Right click a project in the VS Solution Explorer, the bottom item used to always be "Properties". This has been changed in Update 2 to now be "Register Assembly".

                                          I am always using the Porperties menu item, but keep accidentally clicking "Register Assembly" which on my machine causes VS to crash to desktop when I cancel the dialogue that pops up.

                                          Please move the "Register Assembly" menu item somewhere else so that "Properties" is the bottom item.

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