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  1. Add a "Shutdown When Finished" option to the VS installer.

    Installing and uninstalling Visual Studio (using vs_TotalUninstaller by Microsoft on Github) takes a long time when installing multiple components that are more than 10GB to 20GB large.

    I would like for an option to automatically shutdown or sleep the computer after that computer is finished installing Visual Studio. That way, I don't have to worry about when my computer is staying powered all day/night.

    It's 4AM in the morning when I started installing some of the components and optional components I wanted for myself at 8PM yesterday.

    If you see this, great! That's all.

    6 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow user to nominate a cache folder for VS 2017 Installation

      On the new VS 2017 installer, add a small button somewhere before clicking the Install button that allows the person installing to nominate the path the install packages are acquired from and downloaded to. Then the installer looks here before downloading from the Internet (this allows a lot of devs in the same company to nominate a Network File Share, saving on large downloads when they all install the same feature set). The packages would still be hash verified etc. to ensure the correct packages are cached etc.

      7 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add requirements suite for Bug in MTM

        We can add requirement suite for Bug through web access (Requirement-based suite > Query conditions: work item type -- In Group -- Microsoft.BugCategory > Select a bug > Create suites). But we can't do this in MTM, we can't add requirement suite for Bug in MTM.

        8 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Show download size in installer

          The installer is already showing the install size of Visual Studio upon selecting components which is great. But an option that shows download in addition to it will be highly appreciated.

          6 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Install less data on C:

            We use to have rather small SSDs as bootdrives (c:) with windows on it.

            Even if I choose another drive for the installation itself, the setup installs tons of stuff on C:

            5 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Re-add "Keep page open after project loads" back on the Start Page

              I use it to "Close all but this" from it's tab and open a project from MRL

              4 votes
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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Implement Bulk Insert in Entity Framework

                Currently, there is no Bulk Insert option available in Entity Framework.

                The alternate options include using a 3rd party product or use System.Data.SqlClient.SqlBulkCopy. SqlBulkCopy is not integrated with DbContext.

                Adding direct Bulk Insert capability to Entity Framework simplifies applications that need to implement Bulk Insert operations.

                4 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add a workload option in the 2017 installer for IoT

                  It would be nice to get a dedicated workload option for IoT (Windows 10 IoT Core).

                  2 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • End Region indenting

                    {c#} When #region [regionname] is created it indents good. Please add #endregion indenting.

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                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add a pause functionality to the visual studio installer

                      Installations usually take quite long so it would be nice to be able to pause the installation

                      2 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add the description of warning for tag like <li></li>, <option></option>in asp.net project

                        1.Open Visual Studio 2015, Update 3.
                        2.Create a new ASP.NET Web Form or ASP.NET Web Application project.
                        3.Once the project is created, add a new item, ASP.NET Web Form User Control (ASCX).
                        4.In the ASCX markup, just type "<li></li>".
                        5.That's it. You will get this blank warning.

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • ComboBox

                          When in DropDownList mode, it is not possible to give a default or startup value/setting.
                          Typing one in Text, is simply removed - so the only way is to set it in the forms initialization - otherwise the user of the app, will simply be presented with an empty field.
                          That MAY be usefull - not being able to otherwise, is not.

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                            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow color customization for structure guide lines

                            I like the structure guide lines. But I'd like to use a more subtle color for the lines. However, "structure guide lines" or anything like it doesn't exist in the Fonts and Colors choices.

                            19 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make Configuration Manager resizable and able to copy

                              It would be much easier to get a overview on whats included in a configuration if the configuration manager window was resizeable. It would also be nice if you could mark and copy the columns to paste it in to a excel or word document.

                              2 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Visual studio 2015 send feedback

                                Why we could not go to the connect web site directly after finding the same issues as us, when we are going to report a problem through VS2015 Help.
                                Please refer to this thread:
                                https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/d1a87a5c-2a20-414e-9d61-fb3b9d37e481/how-to-choose-matching-issue?forum=vsdebug

                                5 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • vstest.console not support add attribute of xUnit to the trx file

                                  some other need to analyze the trx file from the vstest.console combine with xUnite.console adapter. And when I add the [Trait("TestCategory","TestXunit")] to the test method, and the TestCategory attribute could no be added to the trx file. More information please refer to the following thread:
                                  https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/e5f85cb7-e003-4207-a8f0-31a2bfd09e9a/testcategory-attributes-of-xunit-tests-do-not-end-up-in-trx-file-on-tfs-20152?forum=visualstudiogeneral

                                  12 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Visual Studio 2017 Splash Screen

                                    What the point of the big splash screen when it's used only to show the name of Visual Studio and use a sub dialog to show loading components and stuff like that ?!

                                    My suggest is to show the loading info in the splash screen itself like the attach images.

                                    4 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add support to build Mac OS binaries from windows

                                      It would be very convenient and safe a lot of time to be able to build from a PC using a Mac Agent. It would also make build automation much easier since we can build the target nuget package immediately after msbuild.

                                      4 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Improve file diffing experience with multiple monitors

                                        When I'm diffing files using Visual Studio in side-by-side mode, I would love if there was a dead-simple way to span the diff across two monitors. While I'm diffing files before a commit, I have to constantly scroll horizontally to see the end of the lines. With my previous diffing program, it was a huge plus to have it automatically span two monitors so I never have to scroll horizontally.

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Improve the SQL Editing features in VS and SSMS so that developers don't have to use a third party tool from Red Gate.

                                          It is shocking that after almost 30 years of Microsoft SQL Server, the tooling has not improved much at all. VS2017 now comes with a lite version of Red Gate's SQL Prompt, which just means that our developers will want us to buy the Pro version of the entire toolset, which is expensive. Come on Microsoft, where is your effort to provide decent tooling?

                                          3 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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