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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 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.

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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 →
        • 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 →
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              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Restore global.json functionality in VS2017

              Before the switch from project.json back to .csproj files, I was able to use global.json in order to specify local source code for a NuGet package I referenced. This made it incredibly easy to debug against the source code, and also make code changes on the fly to my dependencies that are in other packages and repositories.

              With the new csproj format, I am forced to make changes to my package and push them up to our registry, or package and push to a local nuget source. This makes for an incredibly clunky experience when NuGet is your primary method…

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                2 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 →
                • 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.

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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 →
                    • 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.

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                        7 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 →
                          • 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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                              1 comment  ·  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.

                              61 votes
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                                4 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 →
                                • 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.

                                  59 votes
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                                    3 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.

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                                      5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Codelens Doesn't Detect Parameterized nUnit Tests

                                      CodeLens currently does not support detection of parameterized nUnit tests, as described in the pages below:

                                      https://github.com/nunit/docs/issues/174
                                      https://github.com/nunit/nunit3-vs-adapter/issues/55
                                      https://github.com/nunit/nunit-vs-adapter/issues/105

                                      Adding support for CodeLens detection of tests in-line would be very useful.

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                                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 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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                                          6 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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