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  1. Reduce Disk I/O on build - Allow "In Memory" bin and obj output

    Please allow VS to compile files in Memory instead of obj folder. Note that it's an optional feature. So you can always get back and disable this to write on disk if you need.
    We only need to final bin folder to get ready to run, writing to disk in the middle obj and bin folders is taking a lot of build time, fragment the disk, and we don't need them.
    I played a bit creating a Virtual Ram disk and use ntfs links from the obj and bin folder to memory and I notice a great speed up.
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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Revisit the ability to have display options for CodeLens

      Others have suggested this and I will as well....

      Codelens/References take up too much space vertically in code and are not always necessary (or desirable) so they should only be present when desired by an option to toggle.

      Please reconsider the options to:

      -Display reference counts items to the right of the property, the left, or only as a tooltip when hovering over the property. Alternatively, a hotkey for display would be welcome.

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        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Bring back "Sort usings" as a separate option in VS 2017

        In VS 2015, there was a separate option to "Sort usings" along with "Remove and sort" and "Remove unused". I found the "Sort usings" option useful - and even added it to my toolbar - because there are some namespaces I like to leave in the list - like System.Linq - even if they are unused. Even if "Sort usings" were not added to the context menu, could it be added to Edit > Intellisense menu?

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          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • vs2017 the update tools first should download the component and then ask to close visual studio

          I am updating the visual studio 2017. The installer made me to close the visual studio instance and already 2 hours it's downloading packages. it should download whatever it needs and then ask for closing the visual studio.

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            3 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide an option to lock or disable text zoom in code editor

            Please add an option to disable or lock zooming of text in the code editor via Ctrl+Scroll as this frequently happens by accident, especially when using VS on my Mac via Parallels when using a magic mouse (which may be making it more sensitive). It's also near impossible to get back to 100% using the mouse so you have to stop what you're doing and manually select 100% again in the drop down list.

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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Close VB6 product related suggestions

              I'm sorry I had to actually put this under the "Languages - Visual Basic" category as that is meant for VB.NET and not VB6.
              However, other participants on this platform sadly did not realize this at all and opened a lot of even repetitive suggestions unrelated to modern Visual Studio (aka "Visual Studio .NET") what this Uservoice is about.

              On top of that, those suggestions are mostly spam linking to external sites, including needless images and highly personal, uncited and sometimes even inflammatory opinions.

              Additionally, the content of all those suggestions was previously handled and closed with a lengthy reply…

              22 votes
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                7 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Improve visualizer API

                The current API for writing custom visualizers is horrible. You have to apply an attribute for the visualizer to the type you want to visualize, meaning that you cannot write custom visualizers for anything in the BCL or 3rd party libraries.

                As a result, there's not a single normal visualizer available as an extension in the Visual Studio gallery. If that's not a sign of failure for this extension point, I don't know what is.

                Custom visualizers should declare what types they can work on themselves. This would be far, far more powerful in allowing the community to build visualizers…

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                  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Team Explorer - Pending Changes

                  In Team Explorer - Pending Changes section in Visual Studio IDE (all supported version), there should be an option to zip/or copy the modified files to copy them on the computer. I know we can shelve the code changes, but sometimes it is easy to simply keep a copy of files on preferred computer location.

                  it's like, 1) user click on any folder/file in Included/Excluded section, the context menu will have one more menu item to "Export/Copy to" which will open the save folder/file dialog and the user can choose a place to save the selection.
                  2) if user select…

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                    0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • add markdown preview to vs2017

                    Given md preview is already there in vs code and 2017 got md language support, why not just bring it over?

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Implement multiselect/mutlicursor in Visual Studio

                        I'm missing a great feature that I use with Sublime Text (3) all the time: Multiselection/multicursor. Visual Studio already has a multiselection for lines, but this functionality is not helpful at all. Would be great if you could implement this.

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Visual Studio for iPad

                          Possibly consider the possibility of Visual Studio for iPad.
                          Perhaps not the full suite but maybe the most common tools like web development

                          10 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow Live Unit testing in Professional edition!

                            Please consider allowing Live Unit Testing to be available for Professional Edition developers. Many companies will not justify the cost of Enterprise for this feature and it would be incredibly useful especially for a single engineer, which the Enterprise edition is not the demographic for.

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                              3 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Error 0x80131500

                              [3ba4:002e][2017-07-27T16:33:39] Error 0x80131500:
                              em Microsoft.VisualStudio.Setup.Dependencies.DependencyManager.FindDependentPackages(Dependency dependency, DependencyComparer comparer, Dictionary`2 packageIndex)
                              em Microsoft.VisualStudio.Setup.Dependencies.DependencyManager.BuildGraphRecursive(IPackage graphRoot, DependencyNode node, DependencyComparer comparer, Dictionary`2 packageIndex, Dictionary`2 nodeIndex, Boolean splitNodes)
                              em Microsoft.VisualStudio.Setup.Dependencies.DependencyManager.BuildGraphCore(IPackage root, IEnumerable`1 packages, DependencyComparer comparer, Dictionary`2 packageIndex, Dictionary`2 nodeIndex, Boolean splitNodes)
                              em Microsoft.VisualStudio.Setup.Dependencies.DependencyManager.BuildGraph(IPackage root, IEnumerable`1 packages, Boolean isUpdate, IDependencyComparisonSeed seed)
                              em Microsoft.VisualStudio.Setup.Engine.BuildDependencyGraph(Product product, Boolean overwrite)O pacote dependente não pode ser localizado: Component.Redgate.ReadyRoll,version=1.14.6.4220

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                                1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • VSIX should support PackageReference

                                Now that NuGet is fully integrated into MSBuild, VSIX projects should support the PackageReference feature.

                                If you add a reference manually or through NuGet (utilizing packages.config), the VSIX project automatically includes the assembly since the reference is marked as Reference inside of the csproj file instead of PackageReference.

                                13 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Task runner should support subfolder

                                  package.json, gulpfile, etc need to be on root of the project in order to be detected by the Task Runner.

                                  It should be possible to add those files in a subfolder.

                                  12 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add 'Start without Debugging' to Right-Click Project Menu

                                    Sometimes I need to launch a couple of my other projects first before my default startup project. However, if I use the right-click the project in Solution Explorer and go to Debug -> Start new Instance it launches the VS Debugger, so I have to detach from the process and then launch the next part before I can finally just use F5 or Ctrl+F5 to launch my main project with or without debugging.

                                    It'd be great of the context menu for the project's Debug menu had a 'Start without Debugging' option as well to just launch the project process without…

                                    6 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support Python Drag-And-Drop

                                      Although I am quite impressed with the ease of use and programming language support in Visual Studio, I would like to see Python GUI development via Dragging-and-Dropping controls on the Python window. A good library for this is Tkinter. There are many other IDEs that already allow this. For Visual Studio to compete as a product for universal program development, it must be able to do this. Python is very powerful like C#, but is cross-platform, meaning a higher user share.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Help me make Visual Studio usable. I can't do my job.

                                        Can you please make Visual Studio:

                                        1) Not hang for 50 seconds (at least) every time the user hits F7,
                                        2) Not make VS produce duff builds that don't reflect the source 40% of the time,
                                        3) Fix the bug where the docked windows become docked of their own accord sporadically.

                                        This is getting worse with every release of VS, and it's now reached the point where my company are paying me to sit around twiddling my thumbs for half the day waiting for VS to rebuild the mess it previously built that just crashes as soon as it runs.…

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                                          1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                            61 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            We are excited to let you know that we are working on this suggestion. We expect this feature to be released by the end of the year. Not only will you be able to commit to submodules, but you will also be able to view the file history and blame within a submodule.

                                            However, VS will not yet have “full” submodule support; you will only be able to have one Git repo open per VS instance. Therefore, working between a submodule and the parent repo will not be seamless. To help us prioritize further submodule features, please open new UserVoice items.

                                            Kayla Ngan
                                            Program Manager

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