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  1. Task Runner Explorer : Bindings : Add debug and release options

    You have the option to run a gulp task either before or after build. It would be great if we had the option to run different tasks after a debug or release build. Typically for a release build there are a lot of additional gulp tasks that are run eg minification and bundling. I would like the bindings to say:

    After build
    After build - debug
    After build - release

    Thanks for listening!

    103 votes
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      2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Lock/Unlock Docked Window Layout

      It's way too easy, especially using touch screen, to accidentally undock windows while performing common tasks in the IDE, such as clicking a tab to switch between windows docked in the same tray or to manually resize a tray by dragging one of its edges. Undocking a window accidentally is distracting and frustrating.

      Please include a feature to toggle between locking and unlocking the docked window layout. Preferably, a menu option, though maybe some people would want a command bar button as well.

      Typically, we'd leave the layout locked until we need to change it for some reason, such as…

      97 votes
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        4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Case-Preserving Search & Replace

        We need case preserving Search & Replace.

        This needs to be a new option, mutually exclusive with case-sensitive search& replace, performing a case-insensitive search and a case-preserving replace, that is...

        Say I want to rename "delete" to "erase"

        delete
        Delete
        DELETE

        all gets renamed to

        erase
        Erase
        ERASE

        in a single case-preserving search & replace operation.

        Of course this must work for Search & Replace in Files too.

        Thanks!

        90 votes
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          5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Option to import and export VisualStudio bookmarks

          Bookmarks are useful for code tracing. It will greatly help user to navigate through the code during review ,training or even debugging.

          Currently bookmarks are being stored in the solutions *.suo file. Since its a good practice not to add this file into code repository, there should be a tool to allow developers to export their bookmarks from one machine to another. This scenario exist for developer that works at different stations on the same code.

          Currently Bookmarks are not available as option in Import and Export Setting Wizard

          89 votes
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            4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Visual Studio 2015 upgrade SKU

            Bring back the upgrade SKUs for Visual Studio 2015 so that people with a Visual Studio 2013 license can get a discounted price for licensing a copy of Visual Studio. This is more in regards to the Visual Studio Professional product level as there are renew options for the MSDN options.

            88 votes
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              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Do not save any changes before building

              One option that I couldn't find (which was there in older version) is :

              Before building -
              -Do not save any changes
              -Save all changes
              -Prompt to save changes

              The above was available in Tools->Options->Build & Run in older versions.

              At times when I make temp changes in my code which I don't want to save it then that feature comes in handy.

              Please bring back the "Before building" options in VS2015.

              83 votes
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                6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add option to customize Intellisense tooltip color

                Visual Studio 2015RC does not include an option to set the background color for the Intellisense popups.

                The color can be changed by applying a different theme, but I prefer the lighter 'Blue' scheme and a custom dark/high-contrast text editor. Due to the new colorization of intellisense / signature window, I can't see all of the text and punctuation in the popup.

                Being able to set the background color of this tool tip directly would be useful.

                83 votes
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                  10 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • jspm

                  Include support for jspm in addition to bower/grunt/gulp.

                  74 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • On XAML Editor add "Fit All" and "Fit Selection" buttons

                    Add two buttons for “Fit all” and “Fit selection”, because is a very frequent action and opening a pull down menu is really much more time consuming than clicking a button.

                    74 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Folder Based Find&Replace in Visual Studio

                      Visual Studio now supports many none Microsoft technologies, and many open source projects and tools, with lots of files in current projects the find & replace scope (Curent Block, Current Document, All open documents, current project, current solution) not enough in many use cases.

                      please add new scope : selected folder

                      same experience exists in Netbeans, Eclipse, and many other IDE's for a long time.

                      73 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Visual Studio Design

                        Visual Studio is No.1 developers IDE but need professional UI/UX and prototype designer to be complete. at now Visual Studio Blend not very useful and can move features to Visual Studio and removed.
                        prototype tools such as Sketch, Lingo, adobe XD and InVision not support Windows 10 and UWP.
                        So continue Expression Design as Visual Studio Design with new features:
                        1. Cross platform for Windows, macOS and Linux
                        2. Prototype template for UWP, android and iOS
                        3. Support multiple pages
                        4. Support Html5 animations
                        5. Create UWP app from prototypes
                        6. Export prototype to UWP, PowerPoint, PDF and etc.
                        7.…

                        72 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • ASHX files incorrect indent in vs2015

                          In VS2015, ASHX files when added to a "WebApplication" project creates a code behind cs file.

                          When adding a new ASHX file to just a new website only a ASHX file is created.

                          When editing a pure ASHX file the indenting is not correct. The IDE seems to not know how to deal with ASHX files. No code collapse/expand, regions, etc.

                          Please refer to:
                          https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/b5c50c95-4f68-4072-8da0-326b15cefd1c/vs2015-ashx-files-double-indent?forum=visualstudiogeneral

                          Thank you!

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                          • Add VB's procedure line separators to the code editors of all other languages.

                            In the VB editor there is a horizontal line drawn between all procedures. This makes the code better readable while scrolling, at least to visually oriented people like me.
                            This nice feature is missing in the editors of languages other than VB.

                            64 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • IntelliSense for Aurelia views

                              Aurelia is rapidly gaining traction as the second big SPA framework for the future, and it represents a very strong alternative to Angular 2 - and while Angular 2 seem to be stuck in perpetual development, Aurelia is here now, just as capable, and much nicer to work with.

                              Read more at http://aurelia.io

                              Visual Studio already provides IntelliSense support when editing Angular views, and I strongly believe it should do the same for Aurelia. This should at a minimum include full IntelliSense for the Aurelia binding syntax, and ideally also for property names defined on the corresponding view model.

                              63 votes
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                              • Visual studio 2015: Cancel intellisense autocomplete by pressing space.

                                Visual studio 2015 make intellisense autocomplete by pressing "space". VS 2013 works differently.

                                61 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Reduce left-margin in Visual Studio 2015

                                  Please allow turning off or shrinking the size of the new margin at the left of the code editor. It's huge! I much prefer having code next to the line numbers, rather than a large and almost always empty margin that sometimes shows a light bulb.

                                  55 votes
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                                  • Use the full scriptcs engine as the C# REPL in Visual Studio

                                    Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 brought us the C# REPL (https://www.visualstudio.com/news/vs2015-update1-vs#Csharp). It is a pity that we do not get the full Scriptcs (http://scriptcs.net/) experience. The community has already embraced Scriptcs and we have integrated it into our workflow. Don't reinvent the weel and create a solution that has fewer features and is incompatible.

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                                    • Have a setting to always create UTF-8 source files

                                      In Visual Studio 2013 (and before) it is possible to save Unicode Files (with our without BOM) by using "Advanced Save Options". It would be great to have a setting in Properties, so that all files that are created by Visual Studio use UTF-8 (without BOM) automatically (for the filetypes where this is a possiblity). Of particular interest to me are the .json files, because most programs do not like the BOM. (.cs and .js work fine with BOM)

                                      52 votes
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                                      • Visual Studio for Linux

                                        We need Full Version of Visual Studio for Linux.
                                        And language of programming such as:

                                        -C
                                        -C++
                                        -C#
                                        -VB
                                        -F#
                                        -HTML
                                        -MHTML

                                        Thanks,

                                        51 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Find dead/unused code in the solution

                                          From ASP.NET UserVoice (http://aspnet.uservoice.com/forums/41199-general-asp-net/suggestions/486946-find-dead-unused-code-in-the-solution)

                                          After some time certain parts of code i n a project end up not being used anymore and just waste screen estate. It would be handy if Visual Studio could detect this and warn you about it.

                                          49 votes
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