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  1. Simplify Names for current document

    The "simplify names" feature should have an option to simplify all names in the current document, similar to how removing unused imports removes them all.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Fix behaviour of Home/End keys when word wrap is enabled

      There are several problems with the word wrap feature in Visual Studio 2013.

      * Pressing the Home key moves the cursor to the start of the screen line. This works correctly. At this point, pressing the Home key again should move the cursor to the start of the *real* line, however nothing happens.
      * The end key is similarly broken.
      * Triple-clicking should select the entire real line, rather than the current screen line.
      * Similarly, the cut command (when nothing is selected) should cut the whole line.
      * Similarly, the move line up/down commands should move real lines, rather…

      30 votes
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        3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • put Resolve right button menu back

        when right click in C# source code editor, if there is any "using" missing, the top item in the right click menu was Resolve in VS2013. can you please put it back in VS2015? the current quick actions is not quick at all

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          4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide an option in the HTML editor to disable AngularJS intellisense

          This is rather annoying for people who have no interest whatsoever in AngularJS.

          29 votes
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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Remove the "Sign in" requirement to Visual Studio 2015.

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

            29 votes
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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • VSTS Allow Deployments to sovereign Azure Clouds

              When adding an Azure endpoint to VSTS you cannot enter the ServiceManagementUrl. You need to set this value if you are going to do an automated build to one of our sovereign Azure clouds (US Gov, China, and soon Germany). for example the commercial endpoint is https://management.core.windows.net, and the US Gov endpoint is https://management.core.usgovcloudapi.net.

              28 votes
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                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Don't break hardlink

                There is a patch for VS2005 (KB945993): "The hard link of a file is destroyed if you use Visual Studio 2005 to open and to modify either the original file or the hard link".

                VS2013 has the same symptoms, but seems no patch.

                Could it be fixed for VS2013 and later versions?
                Or "saving a file by replacing it" and "exposing it to the end user" is "by design"?

                28 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • property sheet location

                  In the property manager it is not possible to find out who or which file is importing a certain property sheet.
                  You see that the property sheet is imported but not where exactly. This makes it very hard to find out.

                  My suggestion would be that there is a context menu to jump to the file or a property which shows where the sheet is imported.

                  28 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Stop putting VS Version number in .sln file

                    Baking the VS Version number, especially when it's functionally insignificant like between Updates & CTPs of the same VS edition, causes nothing but headaches for teams with SCC.

                    Please stop doing this. If the schema of the SLN file changes in a way that's significant, use schema versioning or naming to handle it instead of baking the software version that last touched it in to the file.

                    28 votes
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                      0 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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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Remove/Delete dialog should show up when deleting files in Solution Explorer (VisualC)

                        When I select one or more files in the solution explorer and press the delete key, I usually get a dialog where I can choose to remove or delete the file.

                        The problem is that I only get this dialog if the file is aktually stored in the project folder or in a subfolder of the project folder. If the file is stored in another folder I don't get any dialog and the file reference is automatically removed from the solution.

                        The storage location of the file should not make a difference.

                        A more detailed description can be found here: …

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                        • Alphabetized order of <Compile...> entries within <ItemGroup> in csproj

                          Compile entries within <ItemGroup>s within the csproj file should be sorted in a consistent order.

                          As described in http://stackoverflow.com/questions/20563017/sorted-order-of-files-in-csproj, maintaining a consistent sorted order of <Compile> entries would mainly benefit the resolution of merge conflicts.

                          It would always be clear where a file belongs, and simply changing order (e.g. Remove a file from project, re-include the file) would not lead to visible changes in a diff.

                          25 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Let us turn off notifications completely.

                            I don't want notifications, I don't want to see the icon.

                            24 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  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.

                              24 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Fix Find and Replace > Replace in Files so finds all matches before re-searching skipped matches

                                In VS Find and Replace > Replace in Files seems to repeatedly search skipped matches before finding new matches.

                                I end up skipping through more and more previously searched files and skipped matches, just to find new matches. The Skip File option doesn't seem to help.

                                Fix the Replace in Files feature so that it cycles through all files before returning to skipped matches.

                                Bug Reports:
                                https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/888753/replace-in-files-searches-skipped-matches-after-replace
                                http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/786695/bug-in-search-and-replace-in-entire-solution

                                Stack Overflow Question:
                                http://stackoverflow.com/questions/21711125/visual-studio-replace-in-files-searches-skipped-matches-after-each-replace

                                23 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow XML documentation to be embedded into assemblies

                                  At the moment, XML documentation is generated alongside an assembly as a separate .xml file. When distributing, care must be taken to keep both files together.

                                  It would be nice if we could somehow embed the XML file directly into the assembly as a resource, ensuring that the documentation and assembly can never be separated.

                                  This would increase the size of the assembly, but a) in many situations ease of distribution is a greater concern than size, and b) we can always distribute a second version of our assembly with the documentation removed (i.e. include docs in 'debug' builds but…

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                                    2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Please add data diagram (UML) viewer/editor to VS2013+ integrated SSDT

                                    The one important thing that the SQL Server Data Tools is missing is a visual db diagram designer/viewer. I liked the reverse engineering feature of Visio but it has been removed from the base version. It does make sense that all types of development should be done in VS IDE, so I'm happy that SSDT is now integrated with it. But it's missing that one feature that all db designers love. Please consider adding a UML viewer/editor for the data model like you once had in Visio. I don't like the one in SSMS, it's clunky, doesn't have a good…

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Copy only error message(description) from the Error List window

                                      In the Error List window of VS when clicking on any error line the "Copy" from context menu, the VS pastes in the clipboard the line with format:
                                      "Category Default Order Description File and etc". But many time only Description is needed.

                                      Would be useful to add extra copy menu items that copies only specific column from the line.

                                      Or
                                      To add "Copy Columns" menu item that lists all columns it the same way as "Show Columns", where an user can check what columns to copy in the clipboard

                                      23 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • C# Property Manager same as C++

                                        Allow multiple projects sharing properties.
                                        Having a large collection of projects and managing their properties individually is time consuming and cumbersome.

                                        C++ solution defined here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/669zx6zc.aspx

                                        22 votes
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                                        • Visual Studio should support leading commas when formatting code

                                          Currently, Visual Studio doesn't support the leading comma notation, like this:

                                          o = new O( 1
                                          , "a"
                                          , 1235
                                          );

                                          or like this:

                                          o = new O()
                                          { a = 1
                                          , b = "a"
                                          , c = 1235
                                          }

                                          Please support this very user friendly kind of notation.

                                          22 votes
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