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  1. 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 →
    • Could you please provide an option to set a default for intellisense mode?

      I would like to be able to set Suggestion mode as the default in Visual Studio. Right now, every time I start VS it's in Completion mode by default.
      I know that I can change the behavior with Edit -> IntelliSense -> Toggle Completion Mode, or with the shortcut ctrl + alt + space, but I really think that Suggestion mode is always better for me, and I would like that to be the default.

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Provide an option in the HTML editor to disable AngularJS intellisense

        This is rather annoying for people who have no interest whatsoever in AngularJS.

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          0 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

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            4 comments  ·  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"?

            28 votes
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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 →
              • Stop putting VS Version number in .sln file

                Baking the VS Version number, especially when it's functionally insignificant like between Updates & CTPs of the same VS edition, causes nothing but headaches for teams with SCC.

                Please stop doing this. If the schema of the SLN file changes in a way that's significant, use schema versioning or naming to handle it instead of baking the software version that last touched it in to the file.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • real solution folders

                  I think this has been asked several times around here and closed without a proper explanation.

                  I've got a solution with lots of projects, I would like to group some of the related projects in the same folder.

                  At the moment you can do that with "virtual" solution folders, why can't we just map these to disk?

                  27 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  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 →
                    • Allow the output window to stop auto scrolling

                      Add a button to the Output Window to stop it "Auto Scrolling" to the bottom. It is very frustrating trying to read debug info when the window keeps scrolling me away from what I am trying to read

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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

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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 →
                          • 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: …

                            26 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.

                              25 votes
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                              • Find all assignments

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

                                25 votes
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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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                                    3 comments  ·  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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                                    • 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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                                      • Let us turn off notifications completely.

                                        I don't want notifications, I don't want to see the icon.

                                        24 votes
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                                        • Allow opening a project file via drag-and-drop on empty Visual Studio

                                          When drag-and-dropping a vcxproj file on an already open Visual Studio (no project or solution opened in Visual Studio, Solution Explorer empty) then the project file should be opened.

                                          The current behavior is that the following error message is displayed:
                                          "Project files cannot be dropped onto the application. They must be opened via the File menu".

                                          Opening the project via the File menu should not be necessary. Obviously VS already recognized what I want to do!

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