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  1. Add colors to tabs based on pinned-state, different projects or your own look and feel

    Since the new Visual Studio has a lot less color, I don't mind BUT my tabs look all the same and miss some visual structure.

    Maybe it would be nice to assign you own colors to your tabs, different colors for pinned & not pinned- states or different colors for each project!

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      4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Please stop throwing "Cannot find the requested resource" exceptions

      I develop Visual Studio extensions with Break on all Exceptions set.

      Every time I do anything in Visual Studio (launch VS, open the Options dialog, use Solution Explorer), I got lots of first-chance ArgumentExceptions, "Cannot find the requested resource", from
      Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.dll!Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.ResourceLoader.TryEachApplicableNamespace<string>(string resourceName, Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.ResourceLoader.GetResourceDelegate<string> getResource) .

      This severely interferes with my debugging workflow.

      Please please stop throwing this exception.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Floating Toolbars in VS IDE

        I just upgraded to VS2012 from VS2008. In VS2008, I was able to float the Debug toolbar over the current document window and shape the toolbar in a square or rectangle. I would position the toolbar just to the right of the code I was debugging. It was very convenient to have the toolbar so close to my code.

        I can't do this in VS2012. I would like the ability to do this added back into the VS IDE.

        I have added a screen shot of VS2008 to show you what I mean.

        Thanks.

        - Eric

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          2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Bring back the "Before building" options in VS2012

          In earlier versions, there was a dropdown in Tools | Options that let me choose whether or not I wanted to save files when building. It would be very useful to have this back. (VS2012 always saves when building.)

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            6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Find should default to Current Document, Entire Solution, depending on context

            VS2010 would default the Find dialog scope to the Current Document if hitting Ctrl-f from within a document; and Entire Solution if selecting Edit->Find and Replace->Find In Files / Replace in Files.

            Visual Studio 11 does not seem to have this capability. It appears to always use the last specified scope. If I last searched within Current Document, clicking Edit->Find and Replace->Find In Files still shows Current Document as the scope, when I actually wanted Entire Solution.

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              3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Task based IDE workspaces

              Depending on the task you are performing you sometimes want a customized development enviroment, displaying different panels, menu bars etc.
              When you debug for example, the IDE changes it's layout. It would be great if the user could do the same for tasks you can customize yourself.
              You could for example customize a workspace for HTML editing, debugging, coding c#, database design, WPF XAML editing, etc.

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                2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Group or "super tabs" in the VS IDE so that the designer surface and code editor are always together

                I know that you have F7 and SHIFT+F7 to toggle between designer surface and code behind in a web forms webpage or a windows/wpf form, I would like to see the option of a single tab in the IDE for these two views combined and two tabs within that container (one for the designer surface and one for the code). That way, the two can always be kept together which would be useful when navigating the mouse, i.e. reflect the hierarchy visualised in the Solutions explorer on the tabs of opened solution elements.

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                  4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Prompt to change namespace when moving a file in Solution Explorer

                  When renaming a file in Solution Explorer, VS prompts you to ask if you want to change the class name to reflect the new file name (if the class name and file name sans extension matched at time of rename).

                  I would like similar capability when moving a file in Solution Explorer. i.e. when moving a class file from one folder to another, prompt the user to change the namespace of the class (if the existing fully qualified class name and its relative folder path + file name matched at the time of the move).

                  While namespacing is not required…

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Fix "ready" while building in Visual Studio 11

                    Visual Studio 11 shows an intermittent "ready" message in the lower left while it is building a project. The way that it blinks on and off draws your eye, and makes you think that the build is finished when it is not. The result is that when you try to perform the next logical step, such as running the program, you get an error message saying that the build is not complete. This seems to happen in other cases when the IDE is busy as well.

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • "Scope to This" is great, but when working in a large solution, I'd like to be able to set my scope to a subset of projects.

                      In the Solution Explorer, I like the new "Scope to This" feature.

                      Could this be expanded to scope to a subset of projects as opposed to just one? It would make working in large solutions much easier.

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                      • Rename Solution Explorer windows

                        It would be nice if we could rename solution explorer windows. For example, if I open a solution explorer scoped to my "Scripts" folder, I'd like to be able to tell which solution explorer it is when they are collapsed.

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                        • add "track active item" feature not only in Solution Explorer but also in class View

                          in "Tools > Options > Projects and Solutions > General" you can set "track active item in Solution Explorer". This feature allow you to see always your current location of the editing file within the project.

                          Same feature would be nice for class view, too.

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                            2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add a "Go to Definition in New Tab" option to the context menu in the class editor.

                            Pretty self-explanatory. Make the IDE able to open a "Go To Definition" request in a new tab so that the current tab remains at the current location (making it so that you can easily find definitions for multiple items without loosing your mind).

                            21 votes
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                            • nuget package manager update all packages locks window

                              When clicking Update All Packages within Nuget Package Manager, the update dialog window locks up while the packages are being installed.
                              If there are many packages being updated, the IDE does not respond while packages are being installed.

                              This can be easily simulated by attempting to update three or more packages using nugget package manager.

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                              • Make it easier to switch user

                                The Synchronize settings feature of vs2013 is great, but it is still a bit slow/difficult to switch user. When we pair program it would be very usefull if we easily could swith keyboard settings etc whenever we switch keyboard.

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                                • Add intellisense reset option

                                  Intellisense crashes frequently on certain pages, leading to the frustrating scenario of having to close and reopen a page just to get intellisense working again.

                                  While it seems that you can't fix it, a simple way of quickly resetting it without having to close the tab, like you can with SQL Server, would make this frequent bug less annoying.

                                  This seems to have started happening in VS2012 and has got worse in VS2013 and you can see the extent of the problem on this SO post, with over 31,000 views in 1 year.

                                  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13375961/visual-studio-2012-intellisense-sometimes-disappearing-broken

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                                  • Allow multiple windows for search results

                                    Search in files only supports two windows for search results. Old results are permanently discarded and new results are displayed in one of the two windows.

                                    Add support for multiple search result windows.

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                                    • Add option "Do not include new projects in build for active solution configurations "

                                      Every time we add new project to the Solution, VS is including new project for build in all active solution configurations. After that, we have to uncheck that project for most active configurations because we don't want to build it. Can you provide option:

                                      "Do not include new projects in build for active solution configurations "

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                                      • Open many solution in one IDE

                                        One solution per window - horrible!
                                        Or do this optional in settings.
                                        Normal like in Netbeans.

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                                        • Ability to group files in Solution Explorer like files of WindowsForms forms

                                          Ability to group files in Solution Explorer like files of WindowsForms forms: Form1.Designer.cs under Form1.cs

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