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  1. 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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      6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve support for multiple users using Web Deploy Publish Preview

      The Preview pane of the Web Publishing dialog in Visual Studio works quite nicely when you're the only developer working on the codebase. However, it seems to fall down when multiple developers publish. It includes a lot of phantom changes in the list (once you drill in, the two panes of the diff are the same).

      Perhaps the information used to detect changed files could be cached on the web application that is being published to. Of anything, that would be a great publish profile option.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Indicate when an invisible character (such as "zero-width space" / U+200B) is present in a string literal

        In the Visual Studio code editor, please indicate (somehow) when an invisible character such as "Zero-width space" (unicode U+200B) is present in a string literal.

        Such characters can lead to hard-to-diagnose bugs such as HttpWebRequest.CreateHttp(string url) throwing an UriFormatException when passed an innocuous-looking string literal such as "​http://www.microsoft.com" (where the first character in the literal is not "h", as it appears, but rather the zero-width space character).

        Source: http://stackoverflow.com/q/32013346/12484

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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 →
          • 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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              4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow Visual Studio 2013 online license to be refreshed from command line or automatically if possible

              Starting with Visual Studio 2012 when MSDN subscription runs under MAPS. Users are forced to an online license.
              This causes issues when Visual Studio is installed/used on a build server.
              As one is forced to manually start Visual Studio on the build server now and then in order to refresh the license data. Not doing so will after a while result in builds failing due to license period being expired.

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                2 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 →
                • 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
                  -…

                  36 votes
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                    12 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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++)
                    {
                    }

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                      0 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.

                      36 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.

                        35 votes
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                          3 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.

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                            1 comment  ·  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 

                            34 votes
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                              2 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...

                              34 votes
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                              • Remove the "Sign in" requirement to Visual Studio 2015.

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

                                34 votes
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                                • Add TODO support in XAML

                                  I know, this feature has been requested and closed earlier, but could you please reconsider adding TODO: support for XAML files? It would be much appreciated!

                                  Thank you

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                                    2 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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                                    • bring back uml modeling projects

                                      I tested Visual Studio 2017 RC today... No UML modeling projects... Is it a joke ???

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                                      • 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…

                                        32 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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