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  1. Implement advanced commenting (with embedded images) for the Visual Studio editor

    In Visual Studio code editor, it would be cool to have the ability to apply advanced commenting, similar to office product balloon comments, but with the functionality to imbed images. Attached is a mock up with a photo of a whiteboard brainstorm which is relevant to the code which it is placed next to. When going back to code ages later, it would really help the programmer to remember the original idea and diagrammatically represent the way in which the control or component actually works. Would certainly reduce the need to retrace the purpose of the code later on or…

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      2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Fix Find and Replace > Replace in Files so finds all matches before re-searching skipped matches

      In VS Find and Replace > Replace in Files seems to repeatedly search skipped matches before finding new matches.

      I end up skipping through more and more previously searched files and skipped matches, just to find new matches. The Skip File option doesn't seem to help.

      Fix the Replace in Files feature so that it cycles through all files before returning to skipped matches.

      Bug Reports:
      https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/888753/replace-in-files-searches-skipped-matches-after-replace
      http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/786695/bug-in-search-and-replace-in-entire-solution

      Stack Overflow Question:
      http://stackoverflow.com/questions/21711125/visual-studio-replace-in-files-searches-skipped-matches-after-each-replace

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please PUT the ASP.NET Website Administration Tool Back

        Please PUT the ASP.NET Website Administration Tool Back
        or give us another way of getting to it, which doesn't take half a day

        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev/archive/2013/08/19/asp-net-web-configuration-tool-missing-in-visual-studio-2013.aspx?PageIndex=2&wa=wsignin1.0#comments

        Does not work, and I don't have all day, after spending hours doing wonderfull stuff with WebApi i'm now stuckm until I jump thru hoops

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          5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make quick find optional (PLEASE)

          Please make the Quick Find 'feature' (the one that come over from the Productivity Power Tools) optional in VS2012. At the very least, make an optional to stop highlighting every match in the file as I type each individual letter. When I press the letter e, I never ever ever want to wait 3 seconds just so I can see every single letter e highlighted in the document. It is infuriating.

          Performance gets much more frustrating with regular expression searches. Find is supposed to be fast, particularly when I know what I'm looking for is in the file I'm already…

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          • Add "Compare with unmodified" quick view for files in pending changes

            I find it a bit cumbersome to look through the list of pending changes and do a "Compare with unmodified" for all files in the list. An option to "quick view" changes to a file would be a great time saver!

            I think this would work great for Git repositories. It would also be a nice feature for "Compare with Latest Version" for TFS hosted projects.

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              3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Change order of external tools location

              Now VS2015 installation includes old version of node.js and npm. Also devs have newer version installed globally on their machines.
              So it would be awesome to have node and npm, which are shipped with VS2015 as fallback and set higher priority for already installed external web tools.
              I propose to have following order:
              1. .\node_modules\.bin
              2. $(PATH)
              3. $(DevEnvDir)\EXTENSIONS\MICROSOFT\WEB TOOLS\External
              $(DevEnvDir)\EXTENSIONS\MICROSOFT\WEB TOOLS\External\git

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • When plugins slow down VS startup time state which plugin is causing the problem

                When Visual Studio has plugins like NCrunch or Resharper installed. Startup times are affected on some pc's.

                If it is taking a very long time to load, VS should state which plugin is causing the problem and clear the package cache and give option to disable anything that is locking up the solution.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Enable Fonts and Color Settings Import / Export for Specific Chapters

                  The "Font and Colors" setting in the "Options" dialog of Visual Studio contain several - I'd like to call it - 'chapters' like "Text Editor", "All Text Tool Windows", and so forth.

                  Exporting / importing the fonts and colors settings, I am not able to select the 'chapter', means I have to take all or nothing from my understanding. Importing the dark theme fonts and colors affects not only the text editor settings (the window to edit the source code), but also the other windows like Output, Solution Explorer, ...

                  I would like to copy / export / import only…

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                  • Remove the default QuickInfo popups when hovering over code, or create an option to disable

                    VS2015 includes a highly irritating "feature": when I mouse over any bit of code, it shows the type and name of the parameter again in a popup window.

                    For example, I have a method with a "string firstName" parameter. If I mouse over it, it pops up a window "helpfully" telling me that I have a parameter called firstname... and its type is string!

                    This means that moving the mouse around anywhere on a code file creates literally dozens of annoying popups that add no information at all.

                    Please provide a checkbox in the options menu to disable this "feature".

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                      2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add support for the "Custom Tool" design-time file property in shared projects

                      I've posted about this here, initially believing it to be a bug rather than an apparent design decision: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/be5b601d-1a80-40f5-8ed8-a2a833f99f40

                      When building universal applications that require the use of design-time custom tools (such as Razor preprocessors), the inclusion of the "Custom Tool" file property in shared projects would be a tremendous workflow improvement. At the moment, this feature is only available in executables and libraries, which can lead to ugly dependency issues when used in conjunction with shared projects.

                      See attached images for a comparison of the File Properties panel in a PCL project and the same panel in a shared…

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                      • Solution Explorer Context Menu - "Register Assembly" in a bad place...

                        Right click a project in the VS Solution Explorer, the bottom item used to always be "Properties". This has been changed in Update 2 to now be "Register Assembly".

                        I am always using the Porperties menu item, but keep accidentally clicking "Register Assembly" which on my machine causes VS to crash to desktop when I cancel the dialogue that pops up.

                        Please move the "Register Assembly" menu item somewhere else so that "Properties" is the bottom item.

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                        • nuget package manager update all packages locks window

                          When clicking Update All Packages within Nuget Package Manager, the update dialog window locks up while the packages are being installed.
                          If there are many packages being updated, the IDE does not respond while packages are being installed.

                          This can be easily simulated by attempting to update three or more packages using nugget package manager.

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                          • Remove the "Sign in" requirement to Visual Studio 2015.

                            Remove the "Sign in" requirement to Visual Studio 2015.

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                            • C# Property Manager same as C++

                              Allow multiple projects sharing properties.
                              Having a large collection of projects and managing their properties individually is time consuming and cumbersome.

                              C++ solution defined here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/669zx6zc.aspx

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                              • VSTS Allow Deployments to sovereign Azure Clouds

                                When adding an Azure endpoint to VSTS you cannot enter the ServiceManagementUrl. You need to set this value if you are going to do an automated build to one of our sovereign Azure clouds (US Gov, China, and soon Germany). for example the commercial endpoint is https://management.core.windows.net, and the US Gov endpoint is https://management.core.usgovcloudapi.net.

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                                • Allow using external node / npm / bower / ...

                                  At this moment, node, npm and bower ship as part of VS. However, many developers will already have installations (and configurations!) of node, npm, bower.. There is no setting in Visual Studio to use an external npm, bower, ...

                                  Please enable this option such that I can reuse my configurations and that the built-in node in visual studio does not force me to stay behind on versions.

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                                  • Implement Hardware Description Languages

                                    VHDL (as well as Verilog) are Hardware Description Languages which are now commonly used, but there are only a few valuable IDE's supporting it (Altera Quartus for example). But most of them offer only very basic tools (eg.: no re-factoring). Allowing Visual Studio to handle those language, and offer some of those missing features, would open a new world for a new kind of customers. Even if Visual Studio does not feature a complete hardware compiler in first stage, it would be great to use VS as an "external editor".

                                    Remark:
                                    There is already an extension for Visual Studio providing…

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                                    • Add "Confirm exit" option to preferences!!!

                                      It is INSANELY frustrating to shut Visual Studio down if one accidentally presses Exit or ALT-F4.

                                      Clumsiness or not, this should not be a problem.

                                      And don't say "rebind keys", because it's does not solve the problem permanently.

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                                      • Add option to prevent indentation of classes inside namespaces in C# code

                                        The option is there for C/C++ but not in C#. Please add it in C#

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                                        • Make it easier to switch user

                                          The Synchronize settings feature of vs2013 is great, but it is still a bit slow/difficult to switch user. When we pair program it would be very usefull if we easily could swith keyboard settings etc whenever we switch keyboard.

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