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  1. 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 →
    • 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.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make Visual Studio color themes actually less customizeable

        Right now the amount of individual items available for color tweaking is just insane. This must be the reason for the fact there is really few available VS themes on the internet other than those shipped with theme editor extension. And also for the fact that said extension is still unavalable after several months since VS2017 release. Reducing the number of items by grouping similar or getting rid of most arcane ones might make it easier for VS team to maintain relevant code and help boost the number of available themes - I guess most people are unwilling to undertake…

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          1 comment  ·  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.

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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Find all assignments

            A feature similar to "Find all references", but only includes assignments.

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

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                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Batch Build should allow building projects in parallel

                When using batch build to build every configuration for a solution, it executes the different configurations one at a time. So if I have Debug and Release flavors for both x86 and x64, It will build Debug x86, then Release x86, then Debug x64, and finally Release x64 before moving on to the next project. No projects are build in parallel.

                This is not about using the /MP compiler switch option for C++ to enable multiprocess compiles. This feature works fine during batch builds. It is does tie into the feature that allows visual studio to do parallel project builds.…

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 33 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow Live Visual Tree to select content in popup/menus.

                      The Live Visual Tree for peeking at live XAML authored views is a great feature, however I just can't find a way to highlight or select content in a popup window or menu. I know the complexity of what would be involved, but there could be some kind of shortcut key to enable Live Visual Tree selection while hovering the mouse over a popup window or menu then that would go a long way to improving the feature.

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                        3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Codelens Doesn't Detect Parameterized nUnit Tests

                        CodeLens currently does not support detection of parameterized nUnit tests, as described in the pages below:

                        https://github.com/nunit/docs/issues/174
                        https://github.com/nunit/nunit3-vs-adapter/issues/55
                        https://github.com/nunit/nunit-vs-adapter/issues/105

                        Adding support for CodeLens detection of tests in-line would be very useful.

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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.

                          33 votes
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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.

                            32 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  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 →
                              • 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.

                                31 votes
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                                  4 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

                                  30 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Option to Disable Ctrl+Click Go to Definition

                                    In Visual Studio 2015 and earlier, the behavior for ctrl+click was to select the 'word' (overloaded behavior from double click). It would be nice to have this behavior back in Visual Studio 2017.

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                                      4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • (VS2017) Provide an option to remove warnings about lightweight solution load and slow extensions

                                      Provide an option to disable lightweight solution load prompts, I have add-ins that it is incompatible with so I don't want to be prompted. Additionally I quite often get notified about Resharper slowing down startup, I don't want to be notified about this add-in, I use it too much to disable 

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                                        2 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

                                        29 votes
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                                        • vstest.console not support add attribute of xUnit to the trx file

                                          some other need to analyze the trx file from the vstest.console combine with xUnite.console adapter. And when I add the [Trait("TestCategory","TestXunit")] to the test method, and the TestCategory attribute could no be added to the trx file. More information please refer to the following thread:
                                          https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/e5f85cb7-e003-4207-a8f0-31a2bfd09e9a/testcategory-attributes-of-xunit-tests-do-not-end-up-in-trx-file-on-tfs-20152?forum=visualstudiogeneral

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