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  1. 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 →
    • 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 →
      • 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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          9 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?

        • Remove unused References

          It would be great to have an option to remove all unused References from a project.
          Similar to [Organize Usings] > [Remove and Sort].

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            3 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!

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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…

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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 )

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                  9 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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                      16 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!

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                        3 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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                          5 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 →
                          • 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.

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                              1 comment  ·  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

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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.

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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.

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                                      10 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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                                        4 comments  ·  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.…

                                        78 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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