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  1. Stop or reuse running tasks in Task Runner Explorer when project is reloaded.

    If using a VCS such as GIT, and you work with branches, switching branches often causes the project to reload. Additionally, if you've bound a Task Runner Explorer task to "Project Open" and it's a watch task, it will not kill or reuse the previous task that was already running. So you end up with a lot of running watch tasks.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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      • Allow comments to be stored with a build when it's marked as retain indefinitely

        When looking in build explorer, some builds have been marked as 'Retain Indefinitely'. I want to know who marked the build as retain indefinitely and why so that I can determine if it's safe to now delete the build.

        So, when retain indefinitely is checked, can the user be prompted to enter a comment.

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        • Add multiple custom build steps for MSBuild projects

          I would like to add multiple custom build steps to a MSBuild project. For me, it's specifically a VC++ project. For example, I would like to do the following:

          <ItemDefinitionGroup>
          <CustomBuildStep>
          <Command>makecab.exe $(ProjectDir)main.cpp $(TargetName).cab</Command>
          <Outputs>$(TargetName).cab</Outputs>
          <Inputs>$(TargetFileName)</Inputs>
          </CustomBuildStep>

          <CustomBuildStep>
          <Command>SomeOtherApplication.exe SomeOtherUnrelatedInputFiles.in SomeOtherUnrelatedFileToTheOtherStep.out</Command>
          <Outputs>SomeOtherUnrelatedFileToTheOtherStep.out</Outputs>
          <Inputs>SomeOtherUnrelatedInputFiles.in</Inputs>
          </CustomBuildStep>

          </ItemDefinitionGroup>

          I know you can add multiple commands/targets/dependencies to a custom build. However, that does not work well when each of the steps are unrelated.

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          • Indicate when an invisible character (such as "zero-width space" / U+200B) is present in a string literal

            In the Visual Studio code editor, please indicate (somehow) when an invisible character such as "Zero-width space" (unicode U+200B) is present in a string literal.

            Such characters can lead to hard-to-diagnose bugs such as HttpWebRequest.CreateHttp(string url) throwing an UriFormatException when passed an innocuous-looking string literal such as "​http://www.microsoft.com&quot; (where the first character in the literal is not "h", as it appears, but rather the zero-width space character).

            Source: http://stackoverflow.com/q/32013346/12484

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            • 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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              • 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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                  • Collapse code blocks from the bottom

                    I would like to see the ability to collapse a code block of the block as well as the top. This would assist editing large files.

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Build a Solution designer to give us better control over project/solution configurations, platforms, and other settings.

                      The current dialog box for editing project and solution configurations/platforms hasn't changed in years, and it's very cumbersome to make bulk changes.

                      We do not use the default "Debug" and "Release" configurations, but have a configuration defined for each target environment, by name, and one configuration for each developer to use for their local workstation.

                      Whenever a new project gets added, Visual Studio insists on creating "Debug" and "Release". If I don't remember to delete them when I create the project, it becomes very difficult to find which project has the unwanted configurations, because it takes multiple layers of comboboxes…

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                      • 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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                        • Honor the .gitignore rules on the file listing view

                          avoid showing build artifact/autosave files...

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                          • 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!

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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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                              • 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…

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                                • 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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                                  • Add option to MIDL compiler to suppress output noise

                                    When compiling an IDL file, there's far too much uninteresting output written. Each imported/included file is output, e.g.:

                                    Processing C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Include\um\oaidl.idl
                                    oaidl.idl

                                    It' analogous to turning on the c/c++ compiler option "Show Includes" - not very useful most of the time.

                                    Ideally, by default, the output would simply contain the name of the idl file processed in the project - just like the c++ compiler.

                                    Also, why does it generate a warning when you override an option? We have /W0 turned on which generates a warning (ironic):

                                    2>midl : command line warning MIDL1015: /W0 or /no_warn overrides warning-level…

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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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                                        • Allow wysiwyg viewing/editing of XML code documentation comments

                                          Creating properly formatted XML code documentation currently involves you having to manually insert the relevant tags, and you only see the final result if you generate the XML comments into help files.

                                          It would encourage better quality documentation of code if the XML was replaced by an in-line wysiwyg editor.

                                          Having the fully formatted documentation visible directly in the code would make it more useful for people viewing it later.

                                          Since the nicely formatted version (like you see in MSDN) would take up a fair bit of space it should only only the summary and parameter information by default and…

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