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  1. 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 →
    • 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

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Hide Files/Folders in Solution Explorer

        Please allow for exclusion of files and folders in the Solution Explorer. This is not exclusion from a project - I am using a website in my screenshot - but from the Solution Explorer view itself.

        Having directories such as bower_components and node_modules present in the IDE doesn't serve a purpose but appears to take a toll on time when searching for files, opening the solution, etc.

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          3 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

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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"?

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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.

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

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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.

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Search box in the Properties window for controls

                    it would be a very helpful to have a search box in the properties window for controls. it would be faster to narrow down the properties than scrolling up and down on them.

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                      2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Redesign the resx format: sort in alphabetical order, make resource item one liner, remove comments

                      ResX was introduced together with .NET Framework 1.1 in 2003 and except for minor details hasn't really changed from this time.

                      Although it allows for storing localized text in .NET assemblies there are many issues making ResX challenging for every day use:

                      * doesn't play well with distributed version controls like Git or Mercurial when merging

                      * it's far from being a human-readable medium mostly due to 107-line header (sic!) - this is especially painful during code review

                      * every new resource element is added always at the end of the file which leads to many conflicts

                      * top it…

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                        1 comment  ·  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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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow option to hide unit test projects in the Code Lens 'references' indicator

                          Often when using the Code Lens references indicator I find myself with many more references to a member/symbol in the scope of a unit test compared with 'actual' code. This can sometimes make it hard to see which application code is referencing the symbol.
                          Perhaps allow a tick-box in the fly-out that appears to toggle show/hiding of references in test projects.

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                            3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add Copy To All Button Web Publish Settings Tab

                            Please add a copy to All Button on the Settings Tab of Web Publish Window
                            I have 13 data context connection strings updating them one by one is a cumbersome task. See the file to understand.

                            24 votes
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                            • The 2017 icon looks terrible when pinned to Taskbar

                              It just looks terrible. This 3D negative look is so out of character with any other icons on Windows, and when it pins to the desktop as shown in the attachment it really looks bad.

                              #SmallThingsMatter

                              23 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                • Do not re-enable IIS Express launch setting in VS2017 if deleted

                                  If you remove the IIS Express launch setting in a dotnet core project in VS2017, the next time the solution is opened the IDE will re-add the launch setting and set it as the default. I would rather have the Kestrel launch setting as a default.

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                                  • Make the attach to process dialog resizable

                                    This dialog shows along list. Therefore it should be resizable.

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                                    • Instead of asking me to install missing Windows SDK version, also offer me upgrade project to an installed SDK

                                      If I open a UWP project that references 10240 SDK, but I don't have that installed, i'm presented with two options: Install the SDK, or skip/don't load project.
                                      I'd propose you add a 3rd option: Since this generally happens because you don't install older SDKs any longer but only newer, making projects essentially out of date, offer me the option to pick a new (greater) SDK Version among the ones I have installed. Currently you manually have to know to go into the project file to hand-edit this.

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                                        2 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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                                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Right Click -> Customize Font and Color

                                          There are so many different possible element types it often takes an hour to figure out whether the thing you're looking at is "XML Comment" or "XML Doc Comment - Comment" or "XML Doc Comment - Text". (In actuality, it was none of those). I should be able to right click on a token and jump to the Font and Colors editor on the element type of that token so I can quickly adjust the UI the way I want since there is no other way to find out what type of code element a particular thing is listed as…

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