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  1. Different icons for DLL-refs and Project-refs

    In the project reference folder there is a list of references to other assemblies. These can be referenced by pointing to a dll or to another project in the solution. It would be really helpful and emphazise correct linking if one could easily see (on the icon) whether the refence is made to a project or to a dll.

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      2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Link To Line

      Provide a way to send links to co-workers that will open a file and jump to a specific line. ( vs://SolutionName/Project/File:Line86 )

      109 votes
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        9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Don't create asterisk for new lines within block comments in C#

        In languages like C and C# you can create block comments like this /* ... */. When you press enter within one of these VS thinks it is being helpful by adding an extra space and asterisk like this:

        /*
        *
        *
        */

        This is really anoying! Every time I press return I then have to press backspace twice as well!

        I am aware that this can be turned off unchecking the "Generate XML documentation comments for ///" option, but there are two things wrong with that: First I do want to create XML documentation and second the wording of…

        108 votes
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          7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Insert * at the start of new lines when writing /* */ comments option is not being saved

          Options->Text Editor->C#->Advanced
          Insert * at the start of new lines when writing /* */ comments

          Setting is not saved properly.

          It randomly turns back on upon restarting editor.

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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Fix Drag and drop to open file when running as Administrator

            Dragging & dropping a file when running VS as administrator doesn't work, yet you must run VS as administrator when using IIS for debugging etc.

            Reference: connectID 537964 from 3/1/2010
            http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/537964/drag-and-drop-to-open-file-is-not-working-when-run-as-administrator

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              13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Line Spacing

              Please allow the line spacing to be adjustable with the editor. Thanks.

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                3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Wrap lines intelligently (simulating indents)

                Like other text editors, Visual Studio has a word wrap feature (Tools / Options / Text Editor / All languages / Word wrap ). However unlike other text editors, Visual Studio's word wrap ignores indents, spilling the line continuation into the margin. This makes the page very messy.

                Take a look how other text editors do line wrap (screenshot of Notepad++ attached), respecting indentation, so the line continuation is displayed with the same margin. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12324453/wrap-lines-intelligently-simulating-indents-in-visual-studio-2012

                Another bug with Visual Studio's word wrap is that triple clicking in the editor selects the line on screen rather than the physical line as…

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                  7 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…

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                    3 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.

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • New VS option to have fully qualified using definitions inside the namespace

                      It would be nice it there were an option to specify if using definitions, added inside a namespace, should be added fully qualified or shortened using the "Quick Fix" command.
                      Current it's only possible to add shortened usings, which leads to a strange sorting order for sub-namespaces (and doesn't give that good of an overview what namespaces are used in that scope).
                      Also the current Visual Studio 2015 feature removes the empty line that separates the using definitions and the class documentation comment, that should probably just be fixed.

                      For details and some screenshots of the current behavior see: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/visualstudiogeneral/thread/8673cc0c-679c-493a-baa3-611a33acdc18/

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                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add "Copy Diff from Left to Right" button and vice versa

                        VS 2013 is awesome. I really appreciate its speed and CodeLens and other things, but there is one I would like to ask you to improve: can you please add functionality like "copy diff from left to right" and vice versa to VS diff tool? I do not want to select piece of code, copypaste it and then remove the old one in the other file. I want one button which will be shown when I put cursor to a line of code and will do it for me if I press it. This button should also copy whole chunk…

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                          3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Restore reference highlighting in the enhanced scrollbar

                          In the Productivity Power Tools suite in 2012, you used to be able to select a word/token and each instance of that token would be flagged in the enhanced scrollbar for the current file.

                          This feature seems to be missing in the new in-built enhanced scrollbar in Visual Studio 2013 Preview.

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                            1 comment  ·  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.

                            80 votes
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                              10 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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!

                              79 votes
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                                2 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!

                                76 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  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.

                                  74 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Solution Explorer Context Menu - "Register Assembly" in a bad place...

                                    Right click a project in the VS Solution Explorer, the bottom item used to always be "Properties". This has been changed in Update 2 to now be "Register Assembly".

                                    I am always using the Porperties menu item, but keep accidentally clicking "Register Assembly" which on my machine causes VS to crash to desktop when I cancel the dialogue that pops up.

                                    Please move the "Register Assembly" menu item somewhere else so that "Properties" is the bottom item.

                                    74 votes
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                                    • 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.

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                                      • jspm

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

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                                          3 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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