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  1. Breakpoint condition/message history

    It would greatly improve productivity if we could pick a condition/message in a "recent list" when creating a new breakpoint.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Idea for Microsoft visual studio IDE

      I am not sure this idea is already in place or not, or it is possible or not. But I am thinking to place this idea to a right forum. Can it be possible integrate NLP + AI with visual studio IDE?
      Now what is that and moreover why we need to do that? This feature is not for normal developer but who is not able to write code (Like in accident may be they lost hand or something like that and for this they are losing their job!) but love to code and know how to write code. This…

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please, make the "Find Window" undockable, on big monitors its fixed top-right position is very uncomfortable

        The "Find" window (CTRL+F) fixed position is very uncomfortable when one's using a big monitor, so it should be undockable ( and be transformed into the window similar to "Find in Files" (CTRL+SHIFT+F) ), or at the very least, user should be able to select which corner this window will be docked to

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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Don't steal focus when files are modified

          When a file is externally modified VS sometimes steals focus and asks to reload the file. This happens instantly when modifying a file externally. This takes out out of the workflow to a place you didn't want to be.

          This often happens when merging files.

          Also, I wonder why VS should *ever* steal focus. I have never liked it in any situation. I can switch windows myself very easily. Don't guess where I want to look.

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • manage conditional compilation symbols for all projects on solution

            To make it easier to exchange the conditional compilation symbols of all projects in the solution all at once.

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            • Make it easier to edit global elements

              When I installed Boost I had to add global include paths in "...user.props" xml file. Adding library paths or configurations is also a pain. I don't know why you deleted an option to do it just with VS. Please bring that back.

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • add a global override shortcut prefix for access to default shortcut sequence behaviour

                Some plugins (like VisualAssist and VsVim) override the default editor shortcuts. I suggest that a key (e.g. ESC) or key sequence (e.g. ESC, ESC) be added, that when pressed, followed by any shortcut sequence, will execute the default built-in shortcut sequence action, rather than the override action.

                For example:
                Alt+M (execute whatever action)
                ESC ESC Alt+M (execute the default editor action)

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow a developer to create, and easily switch between multiple window layout profiles in Visual Studio

                  I have times during my development when I'm writing code in different languages, unit testing, or debugging. Currently, Visual Studio does retain the windows, layout and positions between debugging and not debugging.

                  It would be great if you can expand on this feature and allow a developer to create multiple layout profiles, and easily switch between them. Almost like the multiple desktop feature in Windows 10.

                  I would like to be able to switch between a Visual Studio window layout for coding JavaScript, C#, XAML, Unit Testing, and debugging. This would be awesome because there are certain windows I only…

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make the UI before "responsive"

                    At work I use a high res screen and at home I just use the low res notebook screen. When moving between environments I always need to change a bunch of settings/pinned items etc

                    It would be great if the IDE could automatically or semi-automatically handle this in some way.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Honor the .gitignore rules on the file listing view

                      avoid showing build artifact/autosave files...

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Find symbol results / find all references => allow filtering (include/exclude) projects

                        The new find all reference / find symbol results experience in VS 2017 is very nice.

                        However, it is lacking the following functionality:

                        I'd like to filter the result list by projects.
                        - Only include certain projects
                        - Include certain projects

                        It would be great if there would be a small filter "dialog", which lists all projects of the solution with the ability to check/uncheck each project.

                        If a project is not checked, no results for this project will be displayed in the grid.

                        My use case for this feature would be to find all references of a type/method but…

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Color identifiers

                          Please colorize identifiers so that they are easier to recognize their purpose at a glance. For example, ReSharper colorizes types, methods, fields/properties, and events all differently. Visual Studio out of the box only colorizes keywords and class declarations.

                          Roslyn knows all this information about the code- now let the user benefit from it!

                          6 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • group digits in Numbers shown by the debugger

                            it would be helpful if Numbers shown by the debugger (for example in the "Locals" Window or the Window that pops up when hovering over a variable Name) would be displayed with grouped digits.

                            if this is too narrow you could go for general custom formatting of said numbers.

                            This would be useful even just as a global IDE wide setting without overrides scoped to type or function.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Capability of changing current code page (AKA set default encoding)

                              For now, visual studio 2015 (I'm using community version, I have no idea about others ) doesn't support the function of changing current code page (AKA set default encoding). And this also confirm by an asked question at official visual studio forum.

                              I wound like to describe the scenario again as below:

                              Scenario:
                              1. A project and all its file created under UTF-8 encoding
                              2. A chinese simplified version windows 10 operating system
                              3. A chinese simplified version visual studio 2015 installed in the system above

                              Problem:
                              • Now we open the project with the visual studio we installed, the…

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Default Localizable = True

                                In VS when a Windows Form or User Control is created in a project, the "Localizable" property for that form or control defaults to "False". I almost always want it to be "True" and sometimes forget to set it which causes our localization team grief. I'd love a way to change the default behavior for this. Currently I don't see a way to change the default.

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                                • Colour code // TODO: comments with different colour from usual comments

                                  Colour code // TODO: comments with different colour from normal comments. Instead of green, make it blue or red etc so it stands out more and can be distinguished quickly while scrolling.

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                                  • It would be great to have a new shortcut for commenting/uncommenting

                                    ctrl+k,c gets a little tiring for something so ubiquitous.

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                                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add Visual Studio Code Support for IoT

                                      Add support for VSCode on IoT ARM devices like the Raspberry Pi 2.

                                      By supporting IoT devices capable of running Windows 10 IoT, Microsoft would allow a much larger range of users to create and build on the platform. Right now the largest hold back from the IoT platform is the fact you cannot create applications directly on the device. Seeing that Node.js is capable of being deployed and utilized by the platform, VSCode with it's small size and capabilities is a perfect marriage of technologies and tools.

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                                      • Add Codelens support for PowerShell

                                        Now that VS2015 has PowerShell and Pester integration, it would be even better if we could also use CodeLens on our PowerShell scripts! Powershell should, in my opinion, be a first class citizen in Visual Studio.

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • When selecting text the text cursor should

                                          When selecting text the current behavior is to have the selection jump to the line above or below the selection once the cursor is 50% over the next line. This causes issues with making selections on long lines, because once a selection continues to the above or below line the entire text document auto scrolls the desired text out of view. (see attached).

                                          I suggest making text selection not move to the adjacent line until 75% of the cursor is over the next line. This should give users more control when making text selections using the mouse.

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