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  1. Please, make a 64bit version of VS IDE....!!!

    Idea is simple... Visual Studio x64 version!!

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      9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow code clone detection to be run from command line and/or MSBuild

      The new code clone detection feature seems to be very tightly coupled to the project object model exposed by the IDE. This essentially makes it impossible to use within automated builds. Please consider changing the "innards" so that the tool can be used to break an automated build (including builds run outside the IDE) when duplicate code is found.

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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

        144 votes
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          8 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…

          143 votes
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            6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Enable Local History

            Other IDEs have local history tracking. It's really useful for when something is almost right, but not ready to commit. Then a couple changes are made to try and finish it up. Turns out those changes make it worse. Depending on how big those changes were and how many files you touched it can be a nightmare. Local history makes it easy to rewind. This is especially useful for css/javascript where a small change can have a large impact.

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              10 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              As we investigate this proposed model, we have a general question for you.

              1. We support Undo stacks in the tool.
              2. There is an extension “auto-history” that provides a level of automatic roll-back, based on heuristics/events to perform snapshots
              3. Local repo support.

              If we think of the above as a continuum from simple undo to a more explicit commit, we would like to hear feedback on how you’d prefer a model for local history support on this spectrum. E.g. is the preferred model to allow automatic snapshotting to a local repo?

            • Pull request approvals reset or downgrade when new code is pushed to branch

              A administrative setting on version control that will cause all PR approvals to be removed/reset if new code is pushed to the branch.

              Currently if someone reviews the code and approves it. I can push changes and merge without them being forced to review again.

              They are notified, but It would be nice to force another review by someone if new changes are made.

              I am pretty sure GitHub developed something similar in the past 6 months or so.

              139 votes
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                1 comment  ·  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!

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                  3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add an integrated command line in visual studio 2015 community

                  Is there an integrated command line in visual studio 2015 community? like in visual studio code? like this https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/editor/integrated-terminal

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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

                    124 votes
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                      16 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…

                      116 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow custom font rasterize in Visual Studio text editor

                        For some of us, we love Mactype - the font rasterizer that render nice and smooth font (similar to Mac).

                        However Visual Studio text editor component is written using WPF and at the current moment, MacType do not support it. The dev team of MacType seem to ignore this problem.

                        Can we have the technical details how to override the font rendering in VS text editor so that we can continue enhancing MacType ? Or best if Visual Studio Team can allow custom font rasterizing in text-editor.

                        With MacType, Eclipse code look perfect. Please see the different between Eclipse and…

                        114 votes
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                          3 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.

                          112 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  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 )

                            111 votes
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                              9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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,

                              111 votes
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                                8 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.

                                105 votes
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                                  8 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.

                                  105 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Remove the default QuickInfo popups when hovering over code, or create an option to disable

                                    VS2015 includes a highly irritating "feature": when I mouse over any bit of code, it shows the type and name of the parameter again in a popup window.

                                    For example, I have a method with a "string firstName" parameter. If I mouse over it, it pops up a window "helpfully" telling me that I have a parameter called firstname... and its type is string!

                                    This means that moving the mouse around anywhere on a code file creates literally dozens of annoying popups that add no information at all.

                                    Please provide a checkbox in the options menu to disable this "feature".

                                    100 votes
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                                      15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Don't use IE exclusively as the internal browser, but instead use the OS configured default browser

                                      I can't use VS anymore because my organization blocks IE. We can't access anything externally with IE except for approved exceptional situations. They don't block Chrome and FireFox. Visual Studio 2015 (and also earlier versions) appear to use IE internally to sign in to VSO, display help, download packages, etc. Third party extensions such as Telerik's AppStudio do the same (probably by default). I can't figure out a way to change this default behavior.

                                      Whenever I try to access anything from IE, I can see the HTTP traffic in Wireshark. Lot's of "M-SEARCH"s and "GET"s. Eventually, it fails with "HTTP/X.X…

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                                        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Visual studio 2015: Cancel intellisense autocomplete by pressing space.

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

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                                          6 comments  ·  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!

                                          92 votes
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