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  1. Find dead/unused code in the solution

    From ASP.NET UserVoice (http://aspnet.uservoice.com/forums/41199-general-asp-net/suggestions/486946-find-dead-unused-code-in-the-solution)

    After some time certain parts of code i n a project end up not being used anymore and just waste screen estate. It would be handy if Visual Studio could detect this and warn you about it.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add multi-line support to Find/Replace

        Please add multi-line support (with intelligent highlight/copy/paste into the search box) to all existing Find/Replace features. In other words, if the user highlights multiple lines and hits Ctrl+F, the search box should automagically expand slightly and show a scroll bar.

        For non-evangelist, real devs, this feature alone would save MANY hours of development time.

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        • Make it optional to view buildlog in IDE

          People are working inside VS and don't want to spawn a new browser session to view the build log or build queue. It makes you daily work slow when you are working with multiple builds. So please make it optional for the user whtere it should be shown in IDE (like in 2013) or web.

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          • Improvement for Find Shelveset section.

            I propose add combobox instead of textbox in "Find Shelvesets" section. Combo should contain team member names or at least last input values.
            Reason: it is not comfortable to look for shelvesets of another team members as you need to know how them names are spelled.

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            • Support a XML diff tool inside Visual Studio for use with & without TFS.

              The diff tool in VS 2012 is a fantastic leap forward but fails badly with XML files (as does most tools). I would love a XML diff tool or the current diff tool to be extended to support XML. Ideally this tool should work with TFS (i.e. when merging etc...) but also without TFS - let me use it to select and compare two files on disk.

              This would have benefits for
              + modifying work item templates for TFS
              + SharePoint developers
              + Lightswitch developers
              + Windows 8 app developers who use XAML
              + Anyone using XAML (WPF, WF, Silverlight…

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              • Simplify the closing of multiple documents

                On the documents tab control.

                When multiple tabs/documents are open, it is possible to pull down a context menu, which lists all open documents, by clicking the down arrow on the far right of the tab control. This menu could be improved upon by adding a “Close button” next to each document in the menu to simplify the closing of documents.

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                  3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Bring back Emacs emulation

                  Even in the (very nearly necessarily) imperfect VS2010 form, it was a life saver for someone like me who works across tools and platforms!

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                  • refactor - Extract String to Resource File

                    I would like an integrated "Extract this string to a resource file" option on strings in the IDE to make it easier to develop cross-culture applications.

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                    • Make existing Visual Studio visual designer and extensible enough to be available for other programming language such as F# as well

                      I don't know how to write this suggestions clearer than the current title. I'll try to explain the background of this suggestions
                      This is the current situations in VS 2012:
                      1. F# has included as one of first class language since VS 2010
                      2. F# user base has grown larger than before, thanks to #1, Microsoft! But unfortunately? (read next)
                      3. Can't create ASP.NET project template using F# other than C# or VB.
                      4. Can't create WPF (hence Silverlight) project visually using F# (again, other than using C# or VB)
                      5. Can't create visual Windows Store app using F#, just…

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                        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add support for multiple solutions per IDE instance

                        Most of the time I have multiple (can reach 8 or 9) instances of Visual Studio open and going back and forth between solutions especially when debugging can be painful.

                        It would make my life easier to have one IDE instance handle multiple solutions. Each solution will be represented by a "Solution Explorer" panel. These panels will be color coded so when code files are opened their tab color will match the respective solution.

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                        • Visual studio 2015: Cancel intellisense autocomplete by pressing space.

                          Visual studio 2015 make intellisense autocomplete by pressing "space". VS 2013 works differently.

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                          • Add distraction free mode like in Sublime Text

                            "Distraction Free mode is full screen, with an extra emphasis on your content. All user interface chrome is hidden, leaving you with nothing but the file you’re working on. It’s a great help when you want to ignore everything else and just write."

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                              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Show developers the name of the TFS Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer

                              Currently if you have multiple branches in a TFS solution (ex. WIP, QA, Production) and have open one of the branches solution, you cannot tell which branch you have open easily without looking at the long file path of one of the files in the solution. It would be really nice to show developers the name of the Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer to ensure the developer does not accidentally start developing in the wrong branch.

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                              • Ability to disable 'class preview' in solution explorer

                                In Visual Studio 2012 Solution Explorer will now not only show solution files but also allows to drill down to the file contents.

                                I do not like this feature as it adds noise to SE and would like ability to switch it off.

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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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                                  • 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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                                    • Pull request should not create merge commits when a fast-forward merge is possbile

                                      Since Update 1 Team Foundation Server 2015 creates a merge commit when completing a pull request.
                                      While this might be useful in some cases, for us this is kind of annoying and we would like to switch that feature of.

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                                      • Recover the VS2010 theme and icons when VS2013 is coming

                                        The VS2010 theme and icons is so classics and charming, and the VS2012 theme is so hard to work with, also the new blue theme is only a relief for my eyes, it's still hard to work with. So, then the VS2013 is coming, please, please, Recover the VS2010 theme, at least please give an option for us to choose.

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                                        • Haskell support in Visual Studio

                                          First-class support for Haskell is what I like to see, with syntax highlight, intelisense and debugging.

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