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  1. 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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      3 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.

      44 votes
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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Property own formatting

        Currently property new line formatting controlled by "Place open brace on new line for methods".
        I'd like to control property new line formatting by property own rules.
        Currently My Property looks like
        public int IntProperty { get; set; }
        or
        public int intProperty
        { get; set; }
        I'd like to see two rules:
        "Place open brace on new line for property"
        If checked
        public int IntProperty
        {
        get; set;
        }
        otherwise
        public int IntProperty {
        get; set;
        }

        And "Keep getter and setter on same line"
        If checked
        public int IntProperty {
        get; set;
        }
        otherwise
        public int IntProperty { …

        43 votes
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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Outlook Rendering Preview

          Like many developers I have to create html email templates for direct marketing campaigns. testing this is very difficult do the the odd HTML rendering engines in most email clients (especially Outlook).

          It would be very helpful to have a live preview window that utilises the rendering engine of the popular email clients like Outlook. As this rendering engine is closed source and limited in the HTML tags available it is difficult to test the code and how it will look to the end user.

          41 votes
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            0 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".

            40 votes
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              5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve support for multiple users using Web Deploy Publish Preview

              The Preview pane of the Web Publishing dialog in Visual Studio works quite nicely when you're the only developer working on the codebase. However, it seems to fall down when multiple developers publish. It includes a lot of phantom changes in the list (once you drill in, the two panes of the diff are the same).

              Perhaps the information used to detect changed files could be cached on the web application that is being published to. Of anything, that would be a great publish profile option.

              39 votes
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              • 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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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add full intellisense experience to T4 template editing without an extension

                  It would be so much easier to work with T4 templates if we had the full intellisense experience. It's already really difficult to create code that generates code (my brain hurts sometimes) but without the rich editing experience that is normally available in VS is much much harder.

                  I'm aware that there are extensions available but I'd rather not have to pay extra (and rely on a third party) to use the features that already exist in VS.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Have resources ResXFileCodeGenerator generate partial class.

                    The ResXFileCodeGenerator tool for Resource files generates classes that are difficult to extend / augment as needed. Please give the code generator emit classes as partial to allow customisation / extension.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow Visual Studio 2013 online license to be refreshed from command line or automatically if possible

                      Starting with Visual Studio 2012 when MSDN subscription runs under MAPS. Users are forced to an online license.
                      This causes issues when Visual Studio is installed/used on a build server.
                      As one is forced to manually start Visual Studio on the build server now and then in order to refresh the license data. Not doing so will after a while result in builds failing due to license period being expired.

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                        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Format Document Wrong Spacing for Assignments

                        There is currently a problem with the Format Document feature.
                        The option "Ignore spaces in declaration statements" doesn't respect the following items (also the implicit if statement is suffering from this problem):

                        Code:

                        using (var x=new SomeClass())

                        return isCode?"yes":"no";

                        public void MyMethod(string str="hello")
                        {
                        }

                        for (int i=0; i<cnt; i++)
                        {
                        }

                        Wrongly Auto-Formatted-Code:

                        using (var x = new SomeClass())

                        return isCode ? "yes" : "no";

                        public void MyMethod(string str = "hello")
                        {
                        }

                        for (int i = 0; i<cnt; i++)
                        {
                        }

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                        • Pair programming in visual studio editor (working with more persons in one workspace)

                          When pair programming two programmers want to work on the same file(s) real time. To do this the first user can invite a team member to join the same project from an other computer. All changes the users make are shown on both computers.

                          This will deliver the feature faster when working on trivial parts of the implementation. For less trivial parts they can work behind one monitor. This feature can also be used to do tutoring or code in code reviews from remote.

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                            2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support custom elements in .aspx files

                            Update 4 RC just recently included support for custom elements in the HTML editor (the default editor for .html files) however this feature did not make it into the HTML (Web Forms) editor (the default editor for .aspx files).

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                              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enable Abstract Syntax Tree Source Files via Roslyn

                              Now that Roslyn is available (or will be available), it is time for Visual Studio to start thinking in files that represent Abstract Syntax Trees (ASTs), or .ast files. .ast files are the actual source files that are checked into source control. When an .ast file is loaded into Visual Studio, the developer's "formatting preference configuration" is applied to the .ast file to display the file to the preference of the developer.

                              Formatting preference configurations would include things like:
                              - Spaces or Tabs for tabbing
                              - Braces on same line as method declaration or below
                              - Spaces around symbols
                              -…

                              35 votes
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                                11 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add "View Diff" Button on "Conflicting File Modification Detected" Prompt

                                Per this status: https://twitter.com/VisualStudio/status/829495552161280001

                                I believe that the Visual Studio editor should change the behavior of this prompt. There is no information provided to make a reasonable decision in this context.

                                The interface should be updated to include a button to view the current diff, or perhaps even in-line a view that shows what the differences are.

                                35 votes
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                                • Multiline TODO

                                  Often it's not possible to describe a TODO in a single line. Visual Studio highlights only the first line of a multiline TODO comment (the line that starts with (TODO:). Would be great to devise a syntax that allows multiline TODOs. See screenshot.

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                                  • 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.

                                    34 votes
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                                    • Color Theme Editor for 2017

                                      Like 2012, 2013 and 2017, the IDE should have the ability to customize the colors. Either native or through an Extension.

                                      33 votes
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                                      • Stop doing heavy work in the Visual Studio UI thread.

                                        If you are working on enormous projects, searching and command autocomplete will run without a way to interrupt them, locking up the entire editor until they finish. For example using >of in a project with thousands of files causes a search to run for every key stroke in the UI thread, which can take many seconds to minutes to complete.

                                        Doing things async is UI 101...

                                        32 votes
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                                        • Remove the "Sign in" requirement to Visual Studio 2015.

                                          Remove the "Sign in" requirement to Visual Studio 2015.

                                          32 votes
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