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  1. 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!

    213 votes
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      4 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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…

      141 votes
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        0 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.

        129 votes
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          5 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?

          88 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,

            63 votes
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              4 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              • Ability to copy TFS dashboards

                In my organization we have many team project which use a similar base dashboard in project homepage

                The idea is to save a dashboard once and apply it to new or existing projects

                43 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

                  33 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  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.

                    30 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…

                      29 votes
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                        7 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

                        26 votes
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                        • 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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                              0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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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                              • Allow moving toolbars into titlebar

                                I'm kind of a space optimization maniac, and I've always been annoyed by not being able to place toolbar items into visual studio's title bar.

                                I mean there's a search bar and a few other buttons in there already, but, I'd rather put there some common toolbar items there to save some vertical space.

                                I gotta admit that I got really inspired by the old firefox 24/ or the palemoon browser's UI for this. As you can make an extremely compact toolbar.

                                21 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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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                                  • Show line differences in merge

                                    Currently (in VS2015) the file DIFF tool highlights lines that are different, but also highlights the specific differences within the lines. This makes it very easy to see exactly what changed. But the MERGE tool only highlights the lines, not the differences within the line, which can sometimes make it much harder to figure out what changed, especially if the change is very minor. Please add the ability to highlight the line differences in MERGE.

                                    19 votes
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                                    • allow to copy entire folder to output directory

                                      Allow Visual studio to copy an entire folder to output directory not only the files.

                                      This will be much faster when working with directories with some levels of hierarchy

                                      19 votes
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                                      • 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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                                        • Bring back the IDE icon before Update 1

                                          The Visual Studio icon after the Update 1 is poor. Why, why, why you made this? Bring back the old one please.

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