Visual Studio IDE

Welcome to the Visual Studio UserVoice site. Let us know what you would like to see in future versions of the Visual Studio suite of products. This site is for suggestions and ideas. If you need to file a bug, you can visit our Developer Community website to get started. 

NOTE: The Applications Insights forum has moved to the Azure feedback site.

For suggestions for improvements to other developer products, see these sites:

To review the current UserVoice statuses and their definitions, please review our “What Does the Status of My Feedback Mean?” article.

We look forward to hearing from you!

- The Visual Studio Team
Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

I suggest you ...

You've used all your votes and won't be able to post a new idea, but you can still search and comment on existing ideas.

There are two ways to get more votes:

  • When an admin closes an idea you've voted on, you'll get your votes back from that idea.
  • You can remove your votes from an open idea you support.
  • To see ideas you have already voted on, select the "My feedback" filter and select "My open ideas".
(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  • My feedback
  1. Move the Live Unit Test carrets/icons to the left bar

    Rigth now the indicators for code coverage will add an extra column to the editor to make space for the carrets/icons. It would be better to place these in either the left most column (used by breakpoints) or the space used by e.g. ReSharper. See attached image for an example.

    15 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      I agree to the terms of service
      Signed in as (Sign out)
      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Keyboard shortcut for Increase / Decrease Line Indent code block

      Keyboard shortcut needed for increasing or decreasing line indent for a code block or line

      Currently you have to highlight text > click Edit > Advanced > Click Decrease Line Indent. It's slow for power users.

      15 votes
      Vote
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        I agree to the terms of service
        Signed in as (Sign out)
        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
        1 comment  ·  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.

        15 votes
        Vote
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          I agree to the terms of service
          Signed in as (Sign out)
          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

          15 votes
          Vote
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            I agree to the terms of service
            Signed in as (Sign out)
            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
            3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Toggle visibility of comments & summary lines

            Be able to toggle visibility of full comment lines (//) and summary lines (///) for better code visibility. When these are hidden a one-pixel line in the comment color is shown between the lines. A quick hotkey will toggle all visibility, or hovering over a line will show a tooltip with the comment contents.

            For all my suggestions visit http://www.jsmars.com/csharp.php

            15 votes
            Vote
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              I agree to the terms of service
              Signed in as (Sign out)
              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

              15 votes
              Vote
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                I agree to the terms of service
                Signed in as (Sign out)
                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Camel Case Matching in GoTo Search

                Currently the GoTo Search does not cope with Camel Case.

                Can this be added for global and sub GoTo searches as well?

                15 votes
                Vote
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  I agree to the terms of service
                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                  0 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
                  } …

                  15 votes
                  Vote
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    I agree to the terms of service
                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Keep track of solution source control so that when switching, Visual Studio automatically selects the correct SC.

                    While this has apparently been suggested and turned down for lack of votes, it is extremely annoying to have to manually switch source control tools when changing between solutions that use different source control.

                    So - a solution node, which indicates which SC tool is used for this solution should allow the IDE to automatically select it from the start, alleviating the hassle. It also seems fairly 'simple' in that lack of the node (all current solution files) would just indicate whatever the current setting, a node indicating a tool that is not installed - same thing just leave on…

                    15 votes
                    Vote
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      I agree to the terms of service
                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • The color of text couldn't be changed when visual studio 2015/2017 in Inline Rename mode.

                      Source code is c#. When I refactor/rename an variable/classname/etc, comes to Inline Rename mode.

                      I found the background color, and I'm able to change it, and at lease "InLine Rename" does change the background color. The color of foreground is the border color instead of the text color. (Tools->options->Fonts and Colors and select Inline Rename).
                      I want to change the text color in Inline Rename mode, but there is no section for it. refer the thread: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/bf30648c-7886-42de-ba1b-ba66c48fc6eb/visual-studio-20152017-inline-rename-foreground-color-change-wont-work?forum=vssetup

                      14 votes
                      Vote
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        I agree to the terms of service
                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Indent Guides Visual Studio 2017 edit appearance

                        Add a way to edit the color and or shape of the indentation guides in VS2017. Maybe I don't want lines, maybe I want points for example...and make them orange...

                        13 votes
                        Vote
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          I agree to the terms of service
                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Please do not abandon built-in workitem forms for a browser experience.

                          I was going to go back to VS 2015 until I found that I could change the default for opening a work item to go back to opening a form in the IDE instead of launching the browser.
                          Aside from the browser experience being harder to navigate, it complicates my workflow to also have the browser opening up work items and loosing what I was referring to while I'm trying to concentrate on the content of the work items.

                          13 votes
                          Vote
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            I agree to the terms of service
                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • codelens en version community 2017

                            codelens en version community 2017.
                            Lo mejor siempre se lo dan a otras plataformas o las cancelan en windows. Ya es hora que le den algo a los que hemos perdido tiempo y dinero por ustedes.

                            13 votes
                            Vote
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              I agree to the terms of service
                              Signed in as (Sign out)
                              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Stop Using the Item Template Cache

                              The Item Template Cache serves no purpose, and makes it impossible to update templates.

                              In Visual Studio 2017, I have to completely uninstall Visual Studio and reinstall it every time I need to update a template.

                              During development, this causes me an hour of lost time.

                              I have tried deleting the Item Template Cache folder and cache.bin, and Visual Studio 2017 still loads the last template, even though a newer version exists in the Item Template folder.

                              The whole purpose of the Item Template folder is to load templates that a user wants to load, but If you cache an…

                              13 votes
                              Vote
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                I agree to the terms of service
                                Signed in as (Sign out)
                                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Hide lightweight solution suggestion banner when disabled in Options

                                When the 'Lightweight solution load for all solutions' is disabled in the Projects and Solutions options, do not show the 'Load *** faster next time by trying out lightweight Solution load..." banner when opening a solution with the Lightweight Load property set to Default.

                                It is bad user interface practice to suggest a feature to the user that has been explicitly disabled in the application.

                                13 votes
                                Vote
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  I agree to the terms of service
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow 'Task Runner Explorer' to load Gulpfile.js from a subdirectory

                                  "Task Runner Explorer" looks for Gulpfile.js and related config files in the solution root. That makes our solution very messy, as there are lots of config files, as well as the node_modules and bower_components directories, etc.

                                  We want to have everything client side in a separate directory, lets say "./Client".

                                  But then TRE won't detect the stuff in there. So allow us to specify the working directory for TRE in Tools-Options, or make it scan immediate subdirectories to find the config files.

                                  13 votes
                                  Vote
                                  Sign in
                                  Check!
                                  (thinking…)
                                  Reset
                                  or sign in with
                                  • facebook
                                  • google
                                    Password icon
                                    I agree to the terms of service
                                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • CodeLens: Reflect references count on public fields

                                    Reflect references count on public fields as it is done on public properties.

                                    13 votes
                                    Vote
                                    Sign in
                                    Check!
                                    (thinking…)
                                    Reset
                                    or sign in with
                                    • facebook
                                    • google
                                      Password icon
                                      I agree to the terms of service
                                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • It is time to make x64 bit version of Visual Studio!

                                      It is time to make x64 bit version of Visual Studio.
                                      Reason is that there are not x32 components left, but designers still running in x32 bit and they are asking x32 components.

                                      Also time to remove x32 as platform.

                                      13 votes
                                      Vote
                                      Sign in
                                      Check!
                                      (thinking…)
                                      Reset
                                      or sign in with
                                      • facebook
                                      • google
                                        Password icon
                                        I agree to the terms of service
                                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Fuzzy search for Go To All tool(ctrl + ,) in VS17

                                        When I hit 'ctrl + ,' on VS 17 i can search files, symbols, etc. This is a great feature, but what would make it even better would be to have the fuzzy search capabilities that resharper's 'ctrl + shift + n' has (ctrl + shift + t for some developers). I uninstalled resharper because of performance issues on a large project, this is the biggest thing i miss from reshaper is to quickly search my files/symbols without having to type the full name

                                        13 votes
                                        Vote
                                        Sign in
                                        Check!
                                        (thinking…)
                                        Reset
                                        or sign in with
                                        • facebook
                                        • google
                                          Password icon
                                          I agree to the terms of service
                                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • intellisense in razor view .netcore for visual studio for mac

                                          I develop .net core on Mac. But visual studio Mac is not supported intellisense in razor view. Sometime I can not remember syntax if editor does not show the suggestion.

                                          12 votes
                                          Vote
                                          Sign in
                                          Check!
                                          (thinking…)
                                          Reset
                                          or sign in with
                                          • facebook
                                          • google
                                            Password icon
                                            I agree to the terms of service
                                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base