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  1. 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 →
    • 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?

      103 votes
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        5 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.

        103 votes
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          16 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support Vue file intellisense in Visual Studio

          Vue files are files with one html section, one script section and one css section.
          With Vuejs pack 2017 extension, we can somehow have intellisense for Js and css.

          However, if you work with Typescript and/or Sass, you can't have intellisense.

          To provide compiler informations about used languages, an attribute @lang can be added.

          Ex :
          <script lang="ts">...</script>
          <style lang="scss">...</style>

          99 votes
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            3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              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!

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                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • set default encoding

                Need a 'set default encoding for ALL files saved in VS', not only current file. It's so annoing to set it every new document, for example, when create pure .html file using utf-8.

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                  2 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 →
                  • 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.

                    87 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Highlight Methods And Properties

                      I don't understand why should I use Visual Studio editor instead of notepad.exe text editor in 2018. My C# code powered with Reactive Extensions looks the SAME in notepad.exe as it does in Visual Studio.

                      We live in 2018 year now, but Visual Studio doesn't seem to. It's unable to highlight methods, properties and variables in it's code editor window. All professional tools are able to do this, just take a look at Visual Studio Code, Rider, IntelliJ IDEA, PyCharm, WebStorm, PhpStorm and many others.

                      We really like Visual Studio IDE, it's extremely powerfull and convenient, so it makes our…

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                        1 comment  ·  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.…

                        82 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Bring a command palette to visual studio.

                          Add a combined fuzzy search and command launcher that works in a similar way to Sublime Text or Visual Studio Code.

                          I appreciate there is Ctrl+, but it sucks and half the time fails. It does not allow for fuzzy searching and is prone to crashing when used a lot (experienced over 2013 and 2015).

                          80 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Remove "Change signature" quick action suggested all the time

                            On every line I have the option to "Change Signature" as a quick action (the light bulb on the left). This should be on the menu, not as a quick action. Quick actions should be to refactor code for example. Or at least this should be configurable.

                            78 votes
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                              11 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • jspm

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

                              77 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make update notifications less intrusive

                                Update notifications are a nuisance currently because almost all of those little updates are irrelevant to any given developer. I'd say 95% of updates are irrelevant to me.

                                Please find a way to make this feature a little less annoying. Basically, the only thing I care about is the quarterly updates. I want a flashy notification for that.

                                76 votes
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                                  7 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 →
                                  • Provide a way to prevent the Script Documents folder from expanding during debugging

                                    While the Script Documents folder is a useful debugging tool, the auto-expansion on every page load is a pain in the neck when navigating source files in the Solution Explorer. Please provide an option to keep this folder collapsed by default (or at least remember the current state).

                                    Note that this issue has been referenced back to at least VS2013, and does not seem to be a difficult (or controversial) feature to add. Perhaps its time has come?

                                    74 votes
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                                      7 comments  ·  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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                                      • 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)

                                        73 votes
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                                          2 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.

                                          72 votes
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