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  1. 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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      12 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.…

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve the "The parameter is incorrect" feature

        This is one of my more commonly used features, but it doesn't provide enough information for me to do anything next. I don't know what about the build is failing or what even what parameter is incorrect.

        A quick search on StackOverflow shows many, many questions about this error, each question with completely heterogeneous answers. These questions go back many, many years and many versions of Visual Studio-- it appears we will be living with this message for a long time.

        Can this message be improved to show enough diagnostics so that we can address the issue ourselves?

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          5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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 →
          • 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 →
            • 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.

              75 votes
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                1 comment  ·  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.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

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                    0 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.

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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)

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                        2 comments  ·  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".

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                          8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • enable us to configure a "Press any key to continue . . ." message at the end of the F5 run of console applications

                          the idea is: enable us to configure a "Press any key to continue . . ." message at the end of the F5 run of console applications

                          the rationale behind this is (why I feel this need): I am preparing an introductory programming material and I expect a reader to press F5 *at least* one time for each example... and it is rather stupid that each exercise in such a material MUST end with otherwise completely unnecessary and illogical "Console.ReadlineLine()" statement... teaching beginners to write programs that way just harms their programming minds in their infancy and does not belong…

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                            3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add "Confirm exit" option to preferences!!!

                            It is INSANELY frustrating to shut Visual Studio down if one accidentally presses Exit or ALT-F4.

                            Clumsiness or not, this should not be a problem.

                            And don't say "rebind keys", because it's does not solve the problem permanently.

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                              4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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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                              • Support for multiple startup projects with Diagnostic Tools window

                                The Diagnostic Tools window is a great new tool introduced in Visual Studio 2015. Unfortunately, it only supports relatively simple solutions with a single startup project.

                                Currently, it picks one (presumably the one set to run first) to be its target. You have no choice of the target and it doesn't support switching targets.

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                                  5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Improve NPM intellisense for custom .npmrc settings

                                  In package.json files intellisense is already supported. But only public packages will be suggested. For scoped packages in private feeds there is no intellisense. It would be great if VS looks inside .npmrc settings for setted feeds and scopes.

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                                  • 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.

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                                    • bring back full colors on controls in ToolBox!

                                      simply enough allow full coloring of the controls in the toolbox where we can find and select the right one, fast and accurate just like in vs2010.
                                      going to black and white trying to look like photoshop, is a very wrong idea! we do not have 10 tools like photoshop, we are not painting and we are depending on the controls we are choosing to design a form.

                                      now its unacceptable hard to spot, and select the right control, we have to wait and read a tooltip most of the times!

                                      also we are all buying new HD monitors and…

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                                      • Could you please provide an option to set a default for intellisense mode?

                                        I would like to be able to set Suggestion mode as the default in Visual Studio. Right now, every time I start VS it's in Completion mode by default.
                                        I know that I can change the behavior with Edit -> IntelliSense -> Toggle Completion Mode, or with the shortcut ctrl + alt + space, but I really think that Suggestion mode is always better for me, and I would like that to be the default.

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                                          3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow Task Runner gulp/grunt output to be funneled to Output and Error List windows

                                          If you're using the Task Runner, you're likely using gulp or grunt to run tasks through it. However, the output from those tasks is mostly limited to what you see in the console window in Task Runner. It would be nice if you could funnel the ouput/errors from a task to the Visual Studio Output and Error List windows, especially for errors. For example, when building a project fails, the Error List pops up so you know it failed. When something in a task fails (perhaps not the task itself, for example compiling SASS), it would be nice if the…

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