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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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 →
      • 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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          4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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            2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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 →
              • 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 →
                • 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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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide option to turn off "Source Control - Team Foundation" Output Window messages

                    I find that these messages provide little value, to me at least, and are constantly interrupting my workflow whenever I take action on files that are automatically checked-out.

                    I use two monitors, and have all tool windows on the second monitor maximized so that my primary monitor only displays the code page. When I am executing an activity in Solution Explorer, for example, that causes automatic TFS checkout of a file that is the focus of my attention, I am switched away from Solution Explorer to the Output Window showing output from "Source Control - Team Foundation". Honestly I don't…

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                      5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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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                          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 { …

                          39 votes
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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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                              • Reduce left-margin in Visual Studio 2015

                                Please allow turning off or shrinking the size of the new margin at the left of the code editor. It's huge! I much prefer having code next to the line numbers, rather than a large and almost always empty margin that sometimes shows a light bulb.

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                                • Visual Studio for Linux

                                  We need Full Version of Visual Studio for Linux.
                                  And language of programming such as:

                                  -C
                                  -C++
                                  -C#
                                  -VB
                                  -F#
                                  -HTML
                                  -MHTML

                                  Thanks,

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                                  • Add a Favorites Section in Source Control Explorer

                                    Our team opens all projects from the Source Control Explorer. Currently, you have to drill down through the folder tree in order to get to the solution or project you want to open.

                                    It would be wonderful to be able to add files, projects, or solutions to a "Favorites" panel right inside the Source Control Explorer.

                                    Here's a mockup...

                                    37 votes
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                                    • 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.

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                                      • 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++)
                                        {
                                        }

                                        36 votes
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                                        • 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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