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  1. Hide comments by default

    If it is possible to add an option to hide code comments by default because I'm maintaining several projects with many comment lines. Thanks.

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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...

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Option to generate XML documentation on a single line by default

        Under Tools->Options->Text Editor->C#->Advanced we have the option "Generate XML documentation comments for ///". When you do this, you get

        /// <summary>
        /// |
        /// </summary>

        (where '|' represents where the cursor is).

        More often than not, I want this all on a single line, so I have to press

        (shift+ home, home), backspace, backspace, delete

        and then I'm left with what I want:

        /// <summary>|</summary>

        It would be nice is VS offered the option to generate my XML comments on a single line by default. This could be either right next to the "Generate XML documentation comments for ///" check…

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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Option to always start Visual Studio as Administrator

          Please add an Option to Visual Studio that it always starts with administrator rights. I have tried several solutions:

          - Application Compatibility Toolkit for Windows 10 doesn't work.
          - VS Commands extension works, but Visual Studio needs to start two times. First without admin rights and then restart by extension with rights. (Very slow workaround)
          - Disable UAC is no solution.
          - Right click and start as administrator is very annoying and not always keep it in mind.
          - Try to Debug an Application that needs administrative rights and so visual studio prompts to restart IDE with admin rights is…

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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Select a Lines of Code and press #.{,(,etc to auto surround the code.

            Instead of using shortcuts to trigger a surround with it would be nicer to select lines of code and press the starting char of the surround with to auto surround.

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              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Please ship + support MEF vNext (the vs2015 mef container to support MEF1+2 features)

              It would be great if you could publish and support the MEF version which is used in VS 2015.

              In NuGet we can currently obtain MEF2 for PCL, which in terms of functionality is far from being a successor of MEF1.

              However for cases such as MVC6 the functionality provided by MEF1 would be essential in order to keep working with MEF, which in my opinion is a great container functionality wise.

              Since according to blog posts the VS 2015 MEF container was tuned to be even faster and support both containers functionality wise it would be great if you…

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow peek to view definition from the references linked within CodeLens.

                It would be nice to open a peek window from the "References" CodeLens to view the full definition of the code referencing said method.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow GPO control of all VS outbound communication requests

                  This applies to VS Hub, which is not a current category option!

                  Over the last several versions of VS, Microsoft has incorporated an increasing number of outbound communications in the product. Highly secure enterprise networks block this traffic at the firewall, which creates large volumes of 'noise', making network traffic analysis problematical.

                  As the application manager of Visual Studio, I want to be able to selectively disable outbound communications based on GPO so that I can control which workstations provide this information to Microsoft.

                  Example: fully disable user feedback for all users, but allow App Insights for a specific team.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Export Button in Check In list window

                    currently we have no option to Export files Check In list window in tree structure format,We are looking such functionality next version.

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                      3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Solution Explorer should support CTRL-C CTRL-V in VisualC++ projects

                      It should be easy to add a new file in the solution explorer by just using CTRL-C / CTRL-V to create a copy of an existing file and then changing the new file accordingly.

                      The current behaviour is akward.

                      - Create new Project > Visual C++ > Win32 Console Application
                      - Select stdafx.cpp > Press CTRL-C > Press CTRL-V

                      The expected behaviour would be that a copy of the file is created ("stdafx - Copy.cpp") and the new file is added to the project.

                      Instead I get the following error message "Cannot copy when Show all files is turned off"

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Pick my credentials up from Windows

                        Getting pretty fed up of having to constantly re-enter my credentials when I start Visual Studio. Is there some really good reason why you can't simply use my Windows login?

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Provide Select/Deselect All Radio button in Configuration manager

                          Provide a "Select/Deselect All" radiobutton in Configuration Manager under Project contexts as we have 100+ projects in the Solution and it is time consuming to check/uncheck project by project options.

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                            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enable the possiblity to view the file as "Compare with unmodified" when selecting the file in changes menu

                            Whenever i want to commit a change to the repository i review the changes that i've made to files in the (changes toolbar). By enabling "Compare with unmodified" as the default mouse click behavior when selecting a file, then i would save alot of time and effort for the review. Basically i dont care about files in their current state, when iam in the "changes" context. So i think this would be an awesome extension to an already great IDE

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow solutions to contain nested solutions

                              In my application, we make use of SDKs that are built separately. I would like to include the whole solution in my project, so I can debug easier.

                              I know I can select a solution file and it will import the the project files, but this does not work for me because those projects depend on .targets files that are in the $(SolutionDir).

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Provide better out-of-the-box code comparison tool

                                When performing code comparisons from within Visual Studio, the default code comparison tool is still the original source code comparison tool that shipped with Visual SourceSafe. Instead, a more sophisticated and modern code comparison tool should be shipped out-of-the-box with Visual Studio rather than having to resort to 3rd party comparison tools such as Beyond Compare.

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                                  under review  ·  5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Create a way to set global IDE settings for a development team

                                  The idea is for a development team to be able to sync their IDE settings to a global, master settings configuration.

                                  For example, a master configuration for how Code Formatting should work (e.g. Tools -> Options -> C# -> Whitespace formatting) and then each member in a VSO team could then sync with that master configuration.

                                  This would help teams stay in sync with code conventions, etc.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • A way to remove the default blue box Adorner when editing WPF Controls at Design-Time

                                    As I wrote on this post:

                                    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/de3211d5-ce18-4275-a555-f8c168c34c35/how-to-disable-default-design-time-adorner?forum=visualstudiogeneral

                                    would be useful to remove the defalut blue box Design-Time adorner so that a user can provide it own Design-Time adorner with its custom appearance on a custom WPF Control.

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide keyboard shortcut to scroll horizontally.

                                      I want the same functionality as ctrl+up/down, but horizontal. I can keep the cursor in one spot, and scroll vertically easily enough, but to scroll horizontally one must go to the mouse or scroll by arrow keys that keeps the content I want to see just off screen to the right. Why can't we have a feature to keep the cursor in place, and scroll left and right with the keyboard?

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                                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Pressing F5 on a test project should run tests in Test Explorer

                                        Right now if you Start a unit test project through F5, you get the error dialog:

                                        A project with an Output Type of Class Library cannot be started directly.
                                        In order to debug this project, add an executable project to this solution which references the library project. Set the executable project as the startup project.

                                        Finding Test Explorer isn't always obvious, based on how many votes are on this post: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12594018/cannot-debug-a-unit-testing-project-in-visual-studio-2012

                                        A nice solution would be to set the Start action on unit test projects to the same action as Debug Selected Tests, and open the Test Explorer if it…

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                                        • Ability to exclude folders from find in files/replace in files

                                          I would like the ability to choose folders which are excluded from Find in Files / Replace in Files. This is very useful for javascript projects which make use of bower_components / node_modules.

                                          I'd recommend sticking an extra line form element in the Find and Replace dialogue - right underneath "Look in:" - e.g. "Choose paths to exclude". It could leverage the existing "Choose Search Folders" dialogue.

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