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  1. Embed Terminal within VS like WebStorm

    One of the more invaluable tools I enjoy in JetBrains WebStorm is the embedded terminal within the IDE.

    This feature would default to the current working directory. With so much being done in package managers (Bower, NPM, JSPM) many are rather comfortable with command line interfaces. They are quicker less intrusive and simply feel right for these sorts of tasks.

    I don't believe this to be a difficult feature to add, but the return would be tenfold.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Automatic theme changer (Colour scheme)

      Allow automatic change of theme based on time of day (And possibly season responsive)
      So you don't strain your eyes or have to keep going and changing the theme every day/night

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow ReadOnly Modeling Projects for Premium and Professional versions of Visual Studio

        Well, as soon as the ALM Assessment Rangers Workbook has a question in Architecture & Design Spreadsheet asking if all of the team members have access to all the project diagrams, it makes sense that all Visual Studio versions have at least Read Only access to the modeling project.

        Nowadays, to accomplish it, I need to manually export the diagrams and publish it on any portal, like Sharepoint.

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Be able to choose new location for autorecovery files

          In a corporate environment the My Documents folder could be a shared network drive that is slow to access. This can cause the IDE to freeze when autorecover kicks in. It would be nice to be able to specify a new location for autorecover to save files to.

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          • Object Browser window honor the IDE profile language

            If I don't have any project opened in the Solution Explorer, the Object Browser window will show information in C# syntax. This is very inconvenient for non-C# developers.

            I'd suggest that if I choose the IDE profile as C++ developer, for example, the Object Browser window should honor that and show classes/functions in C++ syntax.

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            • copy fully qualified names of entities (classes, members)

              In Eclipse I always liked that I could right click an entity (class, member, etc), either in the editor or in any other view that represented that entity (like the class outline) and copy its fully qualified name to the clipboard (menu item "copy fully qualified name").

              This does not seem to be available in Visual Studio. However, it is terribly useful. I find myself stitching the fully qualified name by hand at least once a day

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              • Include color theme setting in window layout switching

                I love the new idea where we can change the window layout depending on what computer we are using VS. Whenever I take my coding on the road I must switch to the light theme due to the cursor being nearly invisible through remote desktop.

                Please consider adding the ability to include the color theme when saving a window layout.

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                  2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make the My Work section available in Visual Studio 2013 Professional

                  The My Work Section has many useful features for a team to not be availabel in VS 2013 Professional, like Work in Progress, Suspend, Etc..

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                  • Export and or Copy all the items from Find symbol result list

                    Hello Team,

                    Can you provide a way for copying/exporting all the items from the Find Symbol Result window.

                    Thanks
                    Abhijeet Ballal

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                    • Registry: Find result format -> make it more customizable in Settings

                      You can modify result's format in regedit in "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\{version}\Find\Find result format
                      with some $vars.
                      I would love to have this in Visual Studio settings and also added new $var for "file's project relative path" so $p is absolute path on the disk and let's say $r would be relative path from solution's root folder.
                      So instead of C:/User/James/Documents/Visual Studio 14/Projects/Project_x/Program.cs would be ./Project_x/Program.cs

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                      • Support horizontal scrolling on devices with multi-touch touchpads

                        On ultrabooks with modern touchpads, most windows (Windows Explorer, browsers etc.) support horizontal scrolling by keeping two fingers down and sliding horizontally. Visual Studio's editor is one of the very few that doesn't.

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                        • Custom-color folders within solution/project

                          It's rather tiring locating a project sub-folder when you have a large project with multiple folders. Being able to custom-color the folders would enhance the usability.

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                            3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow the Default Zoom Level to be Overridden

                            My idea is to allow the default zoom level for the code view to be set in the IDE's preference dialog.

                            It's not a deal-breaker, but it become somewhat tiresome setting the zoom every time a file is opened.

                            Another option is to allow it to be set for the current project only.

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                            • Add support for project reference constraints

                              When working in large teams there is to easy for a single developer to add a reference from one project to another.

                              The developer could have done this without knowing the planned architecture of the application.

                              It would be nice if Visual Studio had the ability to setup reference constraints for a project.

                              If a member tries to add a reference to a invalid project they will get notified about that.

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                              • Pull request approvals reset or downgrade when new code is pushed to branch

                                A administrative setting on version control that will cause all PR approvals to be removed/reset if new code is pushed to the branch.

                                Currently if someone reviews the code and approves it. I can push changes and merge without them being forced to review again.

                                They are notified, but It would be nice to force another review by someone if new changes are made.

                                I am pretty sure GitHub developed something similar in the past 6 months or so.

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                                • Ambiguous file names in editor tabs and recent projects/files

                                  I think it's a very common practice for most developers to work with several branches of the same project: trunk + 1..N feature branches. And of course structure of those projects and filenames are the same for different branches. Right now in this case developer sees in recent project an ambiguous list of files with same names. The only way to distinguish them - is by tooltips, but it's slow and inconvenient. The same is when we open in code editor several files with same name from different projects. IntelliJ IDEs, for example, in similiar situation behave better.

                                  It wold…

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                                    2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • itemtemplate

                                    As a freelancer I often have to work on others code.
                                    I get ItemTemplates for "their" work and these start to clutter my VS.NET installation.

                                    Introducing a project local Template and Snippet folder would make a lot of things easier

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                                    • Embed console applications on VS IDE

                                      When debugging a console app, VS opens a console window. This breaks the workflow as the console always pops in the most inconvenient place and switching windows back and forth can become really annoying.

                                      Other IDEs (e.g. Eclipse) include a built in console window embedded in the IDE itself (it prints STDOUT, STDERR and reads STDIN). This is really helpful as you can see the output of the program and the debugger+code+breakpoints+data at the same time and on the same window.

                                      It would be nice to have a built-in console on VS for console applications. Especially if it is searchable…

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                                      • The VS 2015 needs a automatic layout mechanism for different working programming languages.

                                        The VS 2015 needs a automatic layout mechanism for different working programming languages.

                                        As more and more working programming languages are added to VS 2015, the problem that the VS 2015 can not automatically "re-layout" the windows for the current working language becomes disturbing when the last working language has too many left windows in the IDE work-space. (RTVS, especially)

                                        The following is the suggestion:
                                        1. Different default window layouts for different working languages predefined in the *TVS

                                        2. VS remembers the last layouts for different working language

                                        3. When switching working programming language, VS automatically switch the window layouts…

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                                        • Add the ability to invoke a PowerShell command inside of the REPL

                                          It would be very cool if one could invoke PowerShell commands inside of the C# REPL. Being able to bridge these two technologies together inside of scripts would make this whole DevOps things sooooo much easier.

                                          I would either consider using #[PSCommand] to invoke any in-context command or possible #PS [Command]. I would consider the #| to differentiate between the OR operator and the PS pipe operator.

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