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  1. Save the current VS project/IDE state periodically.

    As W10 arbitrarily resets the PC without warning the wrong (old) state is subsequently reloaded or lost. Old Breakpoints and relocated breakpoints get restored.
    (maybe include the current state whenever "save all files" is clicked).

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 4 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • The setup should get the option to install older c++-Compilers

        Until know it is necessary to install older compiler via Build Tools Setup. An integration of customizable compiler options into the Visual Studio Setup would be handy.

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          0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide a custom offline installer package for vs 2017

          I'm loving the flashy new UI for the web-install of VS 2017. As I often do not have access to really fast speed internet access (only ADSL 1 at home!) I would love to be able to choose my custom combination of components and have them all download at once initially and provide me with either a single installation file or (perhaps more practicably) an installer and an accompanying data store (archived or any format as you see fit).

          Initially I would imagine the installers flow would be something like:

          1. Ask user if they want offline or online installation …

          4 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 1 vote
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              1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  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 →
              • Wide character string versions of predefined macros.

                Generate wide character string versions of predefined macros. Having only the outdated char versions is really pathetic .

                https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/b0084kay.aspx

                _WFILE_
                _WFUNCTION_ ]
                etc..

                9 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Schedule a deployment

                  Currently you can create a release definition that includes a schedule to trigger releases on a regular weekly/daily schedule. Each automatic release can in turn trigger a deployment.

                  But if you want to make a one-off release, there is no way to schedule it or the deployments it contains.

                  Ideally you would create a new release from your release definition and when manually triggering a deployment or re-deployment you would be able to choose a date and time for that deployment to run.

                  3 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Tab duplication in Visual Studio

                    Tab duplication in visual studio editor

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • wpf svg

                      Please enable wpf image box to load svg graphic file. It's ridiculous for a XAML based UI to be able to load common bitmap images (BMP, JPG, PNG) but not SVG.

                      7 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • property sheet location

                        In the property manager it is not possible to find out who or which file is importing a certain property sheet.
                        You see that the property sheet is imported but not where exactly. This makes it very hard to find out.

                        My suggestion would be that there is a context menu to jump to the file or a property which shows where the sheet is imported.

                        28 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • TortoiseGIT style file explorer change tracking TortoiseTFVC

                          I use TFS VC and I'd like to see if a file is modified from the file system.
                          File icon colour should change when...
                          Green if unchanged, 
                          Red if changed. 
                          Blue if untracked.
                          Like TortoiseGIT / TortoiseSVN

                          It is visually an easy way of monitoring pending changes without opening the solution.

                          6 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • browse github projects on live via visual studio without needs to download or clone the project

                            browse github projects on live via visual studio without needs to download or clone the project (as a browse mode / linkable files solution "click to view")

                            browser github homepage
                            push github notification to VS
                            open project like a solution that just view the file when click on it

                            9 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • property auto-initializer

                              When declaring member properties with auto initializers, have the compiler be smart about the type of the property.

                              e.g.

                              public MyCustomClass<string> MyString { get; set; } = new; // compiler knows it is MyCustomClass<string>, so automatically adds/calls default constructor

                              or allow inferred definitions

                              public class MyClass
                              {
                              var MyString {get; set;} = "hello world"; // property type inferred from auto-initializer
                              }

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • provide complete offline help option

                                The offline help in VS 2015 has not been updated in ages, and is not synchronized with the online help. Online help has poor usability and sometimes there isn't wifi around. I see in VS 2017 offline help is not even an option!

                                12 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Developer Community  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow "Add Existing Folder..." to a project

                                  I should be able to add an existing folder with its contents, and ideally all of its subfolders, as items in a project with a one-click operation.

                                  I see this being posted by others and it always gets closed. I'll start by saying I love using VS but this is the BIGGEST PROBLEM I have with the entire IDE and it's so ironic because it should be the easiest thing in the world to implement. Am I just missing some obvious feature here?

                                  The worst case for this problem is when I'm importing raw code that came from somewhere else,…

                                  3 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add freestanding compilation mode

                                    Compiler generates implict calls to CRT (this includes C library calls like memcpy or memset but also compiler specific helpers like lldiv, llrem, llshl and friends). This is a request for a freestanding mode of compilation where compiler does not generate implict calls to CRT.

                                    Alternative solution could be to make the implictly used portion of CRT a separate, self-contained library released under more permissive license or clearly document the required calls.

                                    Lack of this feature makes it particularly hard to build a BIOS, embedded application or unikernel using Visual Studio compiler.

                                    While this may not be simple for C++…

                                    23 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 4 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                          1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • CMake for Linux

                                          When using a CMake project, I want to be able to build & debug on Linux. The whole point of CMake is portable projects. It is difficult that you have to use a windows specific project system to build on Linux.

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