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  1. Make go-to-definition and find-references work between F# and C# projects

    In a solution containing a mixture of C# and F# projects, go-to-definition does not work when your starting point is, say, C# and the target function/value/type definition is in F#. (And vice versa.) The same is true for find-all-references.

    This is a major inconvenience when working on this kind of mixed codebase. It would be great if it could work in both directions but even go-to-definition would be a great start.

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      4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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 →
      • Restore usability of the new Error List window in VS 2015

        1. Restore the ability to sort all entries by their addition time ("Default Order" in VS2013 and older). In VS 2015 RC, messages keep "jumping" as they are generated, which makes it nearly impossible to work with the Error List during a long build without stoping it.

        2. Restore (at least as an option) full clearing of Error List on build start, or at least add a button or context menu option to clear it manually. It is very confusing in VS 2015 RC when fixed errors and warnings stay there for half of the build process until the compiler…

        268 votes
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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?

          267 votes
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            5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace

            Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace. There are times when certain files are always going to be impertinent to search for, and it would be nice to know that search will not be bogged down by those files.

            265 votes
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              4 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.

              252 votes
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                13 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,…

                251 votes
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                  15 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.

                  235 votes
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                    7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Integrate more functions of "Productivity Power Tools" into VS

                    I'm so glad to see VS11 beta release. I find many new features integrated to VS11 beta from "old" Productivity Power Tools extension, such as new Solution Explorer, Quick Access and so on. But I do see many more features of "Productivity Power Tools" in VS11 beta, such as Auto Brace Completion, Fix Mixed Tabs, Align Assignments, Tools Options Support and more. So I hope the full functions of "old" Productivity Power Tools integrated to the VS11, and also we can config these features in the Option of VS11. Please take a think about my suggestion. Thanks a lot!

                    228 votes
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                      8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add ligatures to Consolas font

                      I like coding with ligatures, using FiraCode font:
                      https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode

                      But as much as I like the ligatures, I find the font itself (letters and numbers) to be less nice than Consolas, which I really like.

                      My suggestion is to add optional ligatures to Consolas, for people who want them.

                      192 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

                        150 votes
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                          2 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…

                          146 votes
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                            4 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…

                            137 votes
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                              13 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)

                              137 votes
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                                13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • enable line numbers by default

                                Please enable Line Numbers by default. The first thing everyone does is to go to the settings and enable that. Why is it off by default?

                                135 votes
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                                  8 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…

                                  134 votes
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                                      7 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.

                                      122 votes
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                                        13 comments  ·  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.

                                        116 votes
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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…

                                          113 votes
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