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  1. Recover the VS2010 theme and icons when VS2013 is coming

    The VS2010 theme and icons is so classics and charming, and the VS2012 theme is so hard to work with, also the new blue theme is only a relief for my eyes, it's still hard to work with. So, then the VS2013 is coming, please, please, Recover the VS2010 theme, at least please give an option for us to choose.

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      2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make existing Visual Studio visual designer and extensible enough to be available for other programming language such as F# as well

      I don't know how to write this suggestions clearer than the current title. I'll try to explain the background of this suggestions
      This is the current situations in VS 2012:
      1. F# has included as one of first class language since VS 2010
      2. F# user base has grown larger than before, thanks to #1, Microsoft! But unfortunately? (read next)
      3. Can't create ASP.NET project template using F# other than C# or VB.
      4. Can't create WPF (hence Silverlight) project visually using F# (again, other than using C# or VB)
      5. Can't create visual Windows Store app using F#, just…

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        2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add support for Windows 8.1 multi-monitor DPI scaling

        http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd464646
        http://imgur.com/qAiVw1Q,eVRIBlZ

        When dragging VS 2013.1 Express to my second monitor running at a different DPI, it becomes blurry. VS seems to be acting as if it only has support for global DPI settings instead of per-monitor settings. It would be great if VS followed the same guidelines its users are attempting to follow when it comes to developing desktop apps ;-).

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          1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make dialog windows non-modal

          In IDE modal windows sometimes are really annoying hiding each other and not allowing to get back and copy/read smth without closing current window. I think the approach they use in SQL Management Studio is much more user-friendly

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            3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make project files contain Undo/Redo information from the last use.

            First, it would greatly help to remind yourself what you were doing last time, what coding contexts and ideas were you working on, just by traversing last changes with Ctrl+Z.

            Second, it would be nice if you could actually turn VS off for a minute (e.g. windows update wants me to restart my computer) and return to it later, with all the undos being still there ready to use again.

            Let's say you can always disable this feature in project settings or is actually off by default.

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              2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a keyboard shortcut for switching between tab groups.

              Currently you offer shortcuts for switching between active documents via Control + F6 or Control + Tab. However, for those of us who lay out our documents spatially, cycling through documents in all tab groups when we just want to get to the other visible document isn't an ideal scenario, and really breaks our flow.

              I'd love for Window.NextTabGroup and Window.PrevTabGroup actions to be added so I can quickly hop between editors.

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                2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • show the full path as a tooltip in 'Recent Projects and Solutions' menu

                I sometimes have copies of the same solution. When opening a solution via the 'Recent Projects and Soultions' menu under 'File', the full path is not shown, so I often open the wrong one. Show a tool tip with the full path when I hover over an entry.

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add Syntax Highlighting/Intellisense inside SQL Strings in C-Sharp/VB Files

                  The SQL Server Database Tools and SQL Server Management Studio tools are excellent, but it would be super helpful if Visual Studio also did SQL syntax highlighting and intellisense inside of SQL strings in files other than those with .sql extensions. Namely, C-Sharp and VB files.

                  Doing simple queries with an inline string is an incredibly common pattern, so actually having some intellisense and/or compilation warnings would be great.

                  This would enable a much more efficient development story for cases where using something like Dapper.net is preferable over a heavier OR/M like EntityFramework.

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add more filtering options in solution explorer search

                    In big solutions it's very common to have files with the same name under different projects. With the current solution explorer search you can only search for the filename and it shows all the matching files in all projects. It's not very easy to find the file you're looking for when there are a lot of files with the same name in the search results.

                    I suggest you add some options so that users can search for filenames and project names at the same time. For example let's say I have 15 unit test projects and all of them have…

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                      6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Show developers the name of the TFS Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer

                      Currently if you have multiple branches in a TFS solution (ex. WIP, QA, Production) and have open one of the branches solution, you cannot tell which branch you have open easily without looking at the long file path of one of the files in the solution. It would be really nice to show developers the name of the Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer to ensure the developer does not accidentally start developing in the wrong branch.

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                        1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Include a legend for the icons used for items in Solution Explorer and Object Browser and Intellisense

                        I would like to be able to 'decode' the meaning of the icons which appear all over Solution Explorer and Object Browser and the Intellisense lists. I think I have once found this somewhere on the net but not in the help, and printed it out. Ideally, I would like to have it accessible as a floating window. This is a 'novice' feature I know. I have been using Studio for 3 years full-time now, and have learnt (in effect) that I will never work out what they mean. This is probably a bad lesson. I think I can recognise…

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                        • Make C/C++ compiler (cl.exe) independent of IDE

                          Consider a node.js developer, who builds native addon module using node-gyp in C++.

                          Node-gyp require MSVCR to compiler the project on Windows. If I am using sublime for my JS and C++ development, I would like to only take C++ compiler and libraries instead of installing plethora of stuff that I don't require.

                          Original concern was posed here: http://stackoverflow.com/q/26959640/.

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                          • Provide Target Framework upgrade switch for devenv.exe/Visual Studio solutions

                            When upgrading a Visual Studio solution from one version of the .Net Framework to another, there is no easy method to simply upgrade the Target Framework for all Visual Studio projects in a solution. Instead, one is forced to manually change the Target Framework for each and every individual Visual Studio project file. Instead, a /TargetFramework command line switch should be made available for devenv.exe to allow upgrading all Visual Studio projects in a solution to a specified version of the .Net Framework.

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                            • Incorporate double-click code tab to bring it full screen and double click to restore back like Eclipse IDE.

                              Incorporate double-click code tab to bring it full screen and double click to restore back like Eclipse IDE. I am glad you stopped popping it into a new window but would like to easily double click to go full screen with the code window and be able to return without having to unpin and re-pin everything.

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                              • Separate font options for environment, Solution Explorer and other windows

                                If you change font in Environment->Fonts and Colors->Environment Font , it changes for all VisualStudio.
                                You cannot specify only Solution Explorer or only menu.
                                Please separate them.

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                                • Renaming a model class should also update cshtml views

                                  when you rename a class, VS does a smart refactoring where it updates references to that class to the new name. If your project is an MVC project, model declarations in cshtml views are not updated. These should be refactored too.

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                                  • Bring back the Code Definition Window in Visual Studio Express

                                    The Code Definition Window is no longer available in the Express version of Visual Studio 2012; bad idea - if anything, Microsoft should be adding features to the free version of their IDE, not removing them.

                                    This is not the kind of feature that can be thought of as 'professional only' or 'enterprise only'; it's a basic development aid, and it's available in other free IDEs (since before it appeared in VS, actually).

                                    If Microsoft wants to maintain their relevance in the IDE space, and win developers over to the new Store and mobile platforms, crippling the free version is…

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                                    • Add support for multiple solutions per IDE instance

                                      Most of the time I have multiple (can reach 8 or 9) instances of Visual Studio open and going back and forth between solutions especially when debugging can be painful.

                                      It would make my life easier to have one IDE instance handle multiple solutions. Each solution will be represented by a "Solution Explorer" panel. These panels will be color coded so when code files are opened their tab color will match the respective solution.

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                                      • Bring back vertical toolbars

                                        I really like being able to customize the toolbars with the commands I want (so please don't replace them with a 'fixed' ribbon!) but on older visual studio versions there was more flexibility in the customisation. On modern screens which are 16x9 there is a lack of vertical space but plenty of horizontal space. Toolbars across the top of the window use that valuable vertical space that could be showing lines of code, if I could run the toolbars down the left or right edges (as I do for the Windows Taskbar) I could reclaim that code space again, like…

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                                        • Support a XML diff tool inside Visual Studio for use with & without TFS.

                                          The diff tool in VS 2012 is a fantastic leap forward but fails badly with XML files (as does most tools). I would love a XML diff tool or the current diff tool to be extended to support XML. Ideally this tool should work with TFS (i.e. when merging etc...) but also without TFS - let me use it to select and compare two files on disk.

                                          This would have benefits for
                                          + modifying work item templates for TFS
                                          + SharePoint developers
                                          + Lightswitch developers
                                          + Windows 8 app developers who use XAML
                                          + Anyone using XAML (WPF, WF, Silverlight…

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