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  1. 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 →
    • Make Visual Studio For Mac have vim key binding

      I think a lot users want Visual Studio For Mac to have a vim key binding or insert mode

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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 →
        • 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 →
          • Allow color customization for structure guide lines

            I like the structure guide lines. But I'd like to use a more subtle color for the lines. However, "structure guide lines" or anything like it doesn't exist in the Fonts and Colors choices.

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              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Bring a command palette to visual studio.

              Add a combined fuzzy search and command launcher that works in a similar way to Sublime Text or Visual Studio Code.

              I appreciate there is Ctrl+, but it sucks and half the time fails. It does not allow for fuzzy searching and is prone to crashing when used a lot (experienced over 2013 and 2015).

              27 votes
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              • 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 →
                • 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 →
                  • bring back uml modeling projects

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

                    26 votes
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                      2 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: …

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                        0 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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                            3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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.

                            22 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make the attach to process dialog resizable

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

                              22 votes
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                                • Status bar should display encoding, line endings and indentation settings

                                  VS Code display encoding, line endings, tab/spaces and indentation settings in the Status Bar. VS should do the same.

                                  VS should additionally have the options of inferring the settings from the document contents and have ability to convert line endings between CRLF and LF for the selection or the entire document.

                                  VS should also show and allow to change the current encoding (UTF-8 or UTF-8 with BOM). Always default to UTF-8 no BOM.

                                  22 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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 →
                                    • Visually Distinguish Reference Types

                                      In the IDE, different reference types should be visually distinguishable from each other. Project references, assembly references, and .NET framework references should be colored differently or have different icons. This would make it easier to separate and identify dependencies.

                                      20 votes
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                                      • open XAML and Design in 2 widows

                                        It would help us a lot if you could place the XAML and the design in 2 different windows. Most of us work with 2 monitors but still need to scroll up down on the design or XAML code while we are coding to check if things are the way they should. That shouldn't be like that.

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                                          2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Find in current namespace

                                          In Find Window (CTRL+F) we can choose from some options (current project, entire solution etc.). Sometimes I miss option "current namespace".

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