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  1. Make Visual Studios website UX and advertising more inclusive

    The other day I received one of those generic emails about Visual Studio, and I noticed that out of the 11 clip art people only 2 were girls. And both were in the background or off to the side(see pic). So I decided to check out the VS website and noticed the trend continued. Men outnumbered women on every part of the website with 2 or more people with the sole exception of continous intergration (ps props to who ever designed that page). In fact, most of the time they doubled to quadrupled the number of women. And although there…

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    • Please replace the flat, mostly monochrome icons in VS 2015

      Visual Studio already looks a lot better than Visual Studio 2012 and 2013. I like that at least some icons got colored again and that the menu no longer is all ppercase.
      However, I'm still not a fan of flat design. The colored icons still look quite strange. And most of the monochrome icons are really ugly.
      So please bring back the icons of Visual Studio 2010. Or provide multiple icon packs and let the user choose. Not everybody likes flat design!

      82 votes
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        3 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • remove the need to constantly re-enter credentials

        re-enter credentials for vs; re-enter credentials for cloud explorer; re-enter 2fact auth keys... again. and again. and again.

        please stop that,

        52 votes
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          3 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Stop suggesting application insights, the pop up is rather annoying.

          Stop suggesting application insights, the pop up is rather annoying.

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            4 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            • Recover the VS2010 theme and icons when VS2013 is coming

              The VS2010 theme and icons is so classics and charming, and the VS2012 theme is so hard to work with, also the new blue theme is only a relief for my eyes, it's still hard to work with. So, then the VS2013 is coming, please, please, Recover the VS2010 theme, at least please give an option for us to choose.

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                2 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Improve contrast, colours and borders and readability to Visual Studio 2012

                I know that the colour palette was improved in VS 2012 compared to VS11 - but still the number of colours and the design reminds me of a Windows 3.11 or a legacy NeXTstep application from the early 1990s.

                Please introduce the following into Visual Studio 2012:

                1. more contrast to controls - it's really hard to distinguish between elements and tabs with a glimpse

                2. put the control borders back - icons, menus, tabs - every time I click a control I don't know if it is a part of another control or a separate one. I'm talking about…

                30 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Fix ligatures

                  Visual Studio 2015 supports ligatures which is wonderful and help readability of code. However, for some reason, anything with a hyphen does not register properly (at all really).

                  Can this be fixed?

                  29 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add drag and drop loading for property sheets

                    It would be great if property sheets could be added to a configuration by drag & dropping them from explorer directly into the Property Manager.

                    28 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Better Window Snapping on 4K Screens

                      Please imrpove Windows Snapping for giant 4K, or even bigger, Scrrens. I really would like to see a 2x2, 3x2 and 4x1 Window Grid

                      28 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Create a brand-new GUI

                        In the past you changed the look of Visual Studio almost every version (or maybe every two). Visual Studio 6.0 looked different from VS .NET, which looked different than VS 2008, which is different from 2010 and that from 2012... and you stuck there at the worst GUI ever existed in third version already (2012, 2013, 2015) - previous version may look ugly now but at that time they were the best. Add of colors to VS 2013 was not enough. Please don't break the cycle of improving the UI and create a new nice user interface of Visual Studio.

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                        • Change the Browser Link icon

                          The [enable|disable] Browser Link icon is represented by a clockwise arrow and I often get this confused with the Restart icon which is represented by a counterclockwise arrow. It would be great to change this to something else, such as a bidirectional horizontal arrow.

                          25 votes
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                          • Scrollbar tooltip should be resizable

                            Scrollbar map mode for the vertical scroll bar in vs2013 lets you have a "Show Preview Tooltip" .... yet provides zero way of letting your resize the tooltip to your own preferential size.

                            It should also let you set the fontsize for the preview tooltip, ie so i can make it smaller and fit more in.. sometimes just little extra stuff like that goes a long way.

                            24 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Why is there a feedback button?

                              Why is there a feedback button? It's distracting and I'm tired of everything in Win10 asking me questions. Even my login screen wallpaper asks for feedback. I'm constantly being distracted by the bombardment of feedback requests!

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                              • Allow StakeHolders to create PBIs under a feature

                                Currently when a StakeHolder is adding a new PBI in the backlog, it is not associated with any feature regardless of the selected feature un the tree. Also, since StakeHolders cannot move PBIs under a feature by drag/droping them, it becomes very tedious for them to associate PBIs to a feature (they have to eidt links manually). This is generating a lot of friction in the adoption of TFS tools. It would be nice if they could make the association easily.

                                23 votes
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                                • 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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                                    • New 3D IDE, icons, visuals, etc. like Visual Studio 2010 and Windows 7.

                                      Visual Studio 2015 not adapt to the OS Theme, in my case Aero in Windows 7. Only Visual Studio 2012, 2015 and Microsoft Office 2012, 2015 not adapt to the OS Theme, while all other applications adapt it consistently.

                                      The new IDE is really ugly. Has the Metro/Retro UI without effects, gradients, shadows, plain and ugly colors and icons; flat, ugly and boring UI design. Also the UI experience is a nightmare like in Windows 8.x and 10.

                                      Microsoft not learn about the critics in Visual Studio 2012 that are UGLY.

                                      Microsoft not learn the failure and the disaster of…

                                      20 votes
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                                      • Bring back the "VISUAL" in visual studio

                                        Visual studio used to look really great. However, everything about the 2012/13/14 interface looks.. amateurish.

                                        -The icon looks like something a 3 year old did.

                                        -The lack of depth makes the whole thing jump into my face. Please bring back the "line work" with contrast.

                                        We have incredibly high resolution monitors that can render beautiful images. To go all grey is such a step backwards.

                                        In the old days people scrambled to get color monitors just to get away from the ho-hum grayness of working with a machine all day. To send us backwards is irritating at best and abusive…

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                                          6 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow creation of file groups within a solution

                                          Within an MVC project there are files throughout the solution that need to be opened (js, controller, view) when working on a specific section of code. Creating a "File Group" would allow you to open all files grouped in this section in one click.

                                          Would be extremely helpful for someone who's constantly working on bugs/stories all over the solution and likes to keep things clean and organized :)

                                          17 votes
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