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  1. toggle comment

    I'd have short cut key to toggle code block comment out and uncomment out.
    On default kyeboard map scheme, to comment out code block, we use Ctrl+K, Ctrl+C, to uncomment out, Ctrl+K, Ctrl+U.

    I wanna use "Ctrl + /" to toggle comment code block,
    like in Visual Code.

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      2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Please add an option to set the delay time that the intellisense popups

      In VS 2015 or VS 2017, we cannot set the intellisense popup delay time, and in VS code, we can set the value of the properties ‘editor.quickSuggestionsDelay’ in the user or workspace setting file to make the intellisense popup delay time. When we type any character, after the delay time which we defined in the setting file, the auto completion list will show. For more detail information, please check this document: https://code.visualstudio.com/Docs/customization/userandworkspace. Please also add this feature in VS 2017, thanks in advance.

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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this generally happens because you don't install older SDKs any longer but only newer, making projects essentially out of date, offer me the option to pick a new (greater) SDK Version among the ones I have installed.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 →
        • Add "Position of Preprocessor Directives" to C#

          Add Add "Position of Preprocessor Directives" to C# ala existing functionality of the same nature in C/C++ to C# in Options | Text Editor | C# | Formatting | Indentation. This would allow for custom indenting rules for preprocessor statements, such as one indent to the left, move to the leftmost column (current behavior), and Leave Indented. It would also be nice to see an option that supports this sort of indenting(an additional indent over the one indent to the left option, includes indenting the preprocessor directives part too):

          class MyClass
          {
          void Function()
          {
          #if DEBUG
          DebugPrint();
          #endif
          } …

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            1 comment  ·  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.

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            • Allow Visual Studio on Windows to debug remote linux mono process

              .Net Core can run only on a limited set of linux distributions and versions. RHEL/Centos 6, old ubuntu or old SuSe version and others cant run it so we are forced to use mono to run .net/.net core application on those systems.

              VS 2017 will support remote debugging by SSH of linux .net core process.
              https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalm/2017/01/26/debugging-net-core-on-unix-over-ssh/

              Xamarin Studio allows to do this for mono (https://github.com/logicethos/SSHDebugger).

              It should be easy to also add this to VS2017 and would be great for people using VS and mono for platforms not supported by .net core ( many distributions, raspberry, etc )

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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 →
                • Allow Canceling Opening Visual Studio From Splash Screen

                  Sometimes I get click happy with the Visual Studio icon in my taskbar. It would be great to cancel the opening of additional Visual Studio instances directly from the splash screen.

                  I run Visual Studio in a VM so the splash screen may be visible for 10-30 seconds per instance.

                  Thanks,

                  Khalid Abuhakmeh (https://twitter.com/buhakmeh)

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Show code structure in the margin

                    This feature exists in the Productivity Power Pack 2015 but not in VS 2017.

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                    • Provide a way to prevent the Script Documents folder from expanding during debugging

                      While the Script Documents folder is a useful debugging tool, the auto-expansion on every page load is a pain in the neck when navigating source files in the Solution Explorer. Please provide an option to keep this folder collapsed by default (or at least remember the current state).

                      Note that this issue has been referenced back to at least VS2013, and does not seem to be a difficult (or controversial) feature to add. Perhaps its time has come?

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                      • Make available &(SolutionPlatform) and $(SolutionConfiguration) macros for project settings and scripts

                        Some users are requesting macros for the IDE combo box selected solution configuration and platform. These are not available for project settings/scripting, only per project $(Configuration) and $(Platform) are, which sometimes is very confusing when mixing different project configurations (which is supported and allowed). I created a VS extension[1] that adds the solution selected properties in all VS version until VS2017, but supporting this extension is becoming hard due to surprisingly complex VC project system. Supporting them directly on VS side (not from an extension) would be instead much more easy and viable.

                        [1] https://github.com/ceztko/SolutionConfigurationName

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                        • add markdown preview to vs2017

                          Given md preview is already there in vs code and 2017 got md language support, why not just bring it over?

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                          • Batch Build window should be resizable

                            Project names can be long and the number of projects in a solution can be very large. Please make the Batch Build window resizable to make it easier to view/select projects/configurations to build.

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                            • Allow environment variable specification when launching CMake targets

                              My project depends on finding third party dependencies in a non-standard path. There is currently no way to set the PATH or other environment variables when launching my CMake target.

                              This configuration should live somewhere in the build directory, not in the launch.vs.json, as the environment variables are specific to the CMake cache, as opposed to the source.

                              Note that this only applies to the new VS 2017 CMake Integration. Using the generate solution method, I can use CMake to generate a .vcxproj.user that extends the environment.

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                              • Structure Guide Lines Enahancement

                                Structure Guide Lines is a very nice feature, but pls consider some enhancements:
                                - line type choice (solid, dashed, ...)
                                - colorization depended on nesting for better orientation

                                Thank you

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                                • Support nUnit and xUnit framework for assigning Associated Automation code to Work Items

                                  Currently only tests written using the MSTEST framework can be assigned to a Work Item's Associated Automation.

                                  It would be useful to open this up to xUnit, nUnit.

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                                  • Allow users to use our own (supported) version of CMake

                                    VS 2017 currently uses its own internal version of CMake which is a couple of versions behind from the current version. This prevents us from using newer CMake features and updates to CMake modules which enables the use of recent versions of external libraries.

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                                      • Add feature like emacs artist-mode to visual studio IDE

                                        See:

                                        http://cinsk.github.io//emacs/emacs-artist.html

                                        There have been a number of requests to add this kind of feature to Visual Studio, which have been closed:

                                        "Add my custom drawing to code section as part of comment because drawings can often be clearer and meaningful to the reader."

                                        "Ability to draw next to the code simple shapes to explain code"

                                        "add feature to draw monographs in comments to illustrate code idea (save as png in project folder, referenced by a file positions database)"

                                        While I think having the ability to seamlessly include line drawings would be better, an artist-mode feature would be a great…

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                                        • Electron project templates in Visual Studio

                                          Since there's no desktop UI in .NET Core, could we have fully featured Electron app development in place of WPF/WinRT?

                                          It would be quite cool to be able to have a fully emersive Electron development environment with the ability to import via npm popular JS libs like Angular2, RxJS etc, TypeScript, and FE frameworks like Bootstrap, UI Kit etc.

                                          Until Microsoft (if ever) plug the desktop UI gap, I think Electron development with TypeScript & Node.js would be a very happy and successful medium.

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