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  1. Allow users to use our own (supported) version of CMake

    VS 2017 currently uses its own internal version of CMake which is a couple of versions behind from the current version. This prevents us from using newer CMake features and updates to CMake modules which enables the use of recent versions of external libraries.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Team Explorer > Home > Solutions > Workspace(s) > List of sln

      Team Explorer within 2017 has changed the method for switching/selecting solutions within workspaces. This has caused many a developers some headaches.

      Previously, you could switch workspaces and then select a solution file from a list available within that workspace. Having to either select Open... and navigate the file system or switching to Folder View and then selecting a workspace and then picking a solution, is a waste of clicks and time. It should be really simple to open the solution I need. My team works with multiple web applications that are stored in a single TFS repo. This has been…

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        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please add the 'Code Analysis' feature for the .NET Core projects

        In VS 2015 or 2017, for the normal asp.net web application or class library, if you right click the project name, choose ‘Properties’, there is an option ‘Code Analysis’ on the properties page and we can configure it. But for the .NET Core projects like the ASP.NET Core web application, there is no such option on the properties page, please add it, this suggestion comes from here: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/6daba04d-b34b-4ab2-b4d9-fcef1b9d4794/code-analysis?forum=visualstudiogeneral

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          1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            1 comment  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • [This document is opened by another project] - This issue always persists when using 1. VS 2017 community and 2. VS 2017 Enterprise .

            When open same project with two different product license is opened at a time, you face problem like : [This document is opened by another project]

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              1 comment  ·  Developer Community  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • [VS2017] Improve CMake project usability around Build/Debug/Run

              Things that I would love to have work the way they do with regular slns:
              1) Build single file (Ctrl + F7)
              2) Debug current target (F5). In the cmake workflow this no longer builds the target it's about to start.
              3) The startup target should persist when the cmake cache is regenerated!
              4) The startup target should persist when switching build configurations! Super annoying to switch from debug to release only to have to re-find the startup item in the dropdown (amongst tens of others)

              New things that would be awesome:
              1) Keyboard shortcut to select startup target. Right…

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                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Keyboard shortcut for Increase / Decrease Line Indent code block

                Keyboard shortcut needed for increasing or decreasing line indent for a code block or line

                Currently you have to highlight text > click Edit > Advanced > Click Decrease Line Indent. It's slow for power users.

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • is there a way where we can change double quotes color? ""

                  https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/filters/new?query=is%20there%20a%20way%20where%20we%20can%20change%20double%20quotes%20color%3F%20%22%22%20

                  As far as I know, it has no this feature if we just want to change the double quotes color since it would change all string color if we use the change the "string" item under Font and Color in V IDE. Can VS add this feature?

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Visual Studio installer - add search

                    When I wan't to add a Component in the Installer modify dialog it would be easier to have a searchbox to help me find the one I wish to add.

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                      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Dont check the VS opened when update download.

                      Dont check the VS opened when update download.For download the file shouldnt check the vs and we will spend more time to download that make we wait too many time.

                      I think the update can download without check the vs open but check the vs opened when install.

                      That can make we work when download.

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                        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • search in recent

                        In Visual Studio / Start Page / Recent add a search box to filter recent projects in the below list.

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                          0 comments  ·  Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • installer

                          The (new, 2017, rather nice) Visual Studio installer really ought to be accessible via:
                          A shortcut in All Programs/Visual Studio 2017
                          via Add and Remove Programs, right click on Visual Studio 2017 (the only thing currently there is Uninstall)
                          Inside Visual Studio's Help Menu

                          On the other hand, it should not be in the root of All Programs

                          2 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add "Build event if nothing has changed since previous build" option for TFS 2015 build

                            Add "Build event if nothing has changed since previous build" to TFS 2015 scheduled build of new build system.

                            49 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add Progress Bar for Every Packages that's downloading

                              It'll be good to see progress of download of each packages, Specially when Installer is downloading a large package like Xamarin.VisualStudio (300 mb) or DotNetNative.ILC or ...
                              You need another progress bar, to show progress of downloading of each package.
                              A Design suggest for this, is a small progress bar in the right side of the large progress bar. Like Attached Photo.

                              4 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add Runtime Error Prediction

                                It would be really useful if there was a "Quick Action Suggestion" for preventing particular runtime errors. For example, if the program contains a function that appends "hello world" to a file, Visual Studio could attempt to append an empty character to the file, in a way "mocking a write" before runtime. If Visual Studio is blocked from doing so, a yellow line could appear under the potentially error-causing code. This is pretty much like "testing the waters" for potential errors.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow us to change the navigation bar colour on windows 10 mobile in our apps

                                  With phones that have software buttons, we could apply transparent effects, blur, gradients or just plain colours on our apps. Of course we will give the user a choice to whether or not they would want there own preferences (maybe with a universal toggle in the OS or a toggle within the app we create). This could also be used to represent an event which has happened in the app.

                                  86 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support inlining for functions returning unwindable objects

                                    Within deeply-templated codes, it seems quite common to call a function which simply forwards the arguments into another function, which again just forwards the arguments into another function, which again just do forwarding, and so on. As I know, current version of Visual C++ is not able to inline such a function if it returns an object with non-trivial destructor, whenever exceptions are enabled. This often makes a performance hit particularly when the level of forwarding is unavoidably deep and there are many arguments with not-so-small sizes. I very much hoped if the upcoming Visual C++ 2017 has solved this…

                                    25 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make it obvious how to remove Application Insights

                                      In VS2017 make it easier to get rid of the Application Insights in a new web-project. If you never use it, why should you be forced to include it . Just extra weight.

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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add access modifier for test assembly only

                                        The public, private, protected, internal, etc. modifiers are not a good match for a test project.

                                        The typical advice is to make a method "internal", and then let the test project see the target project's internal methods. This is not a complete solution, because some methods should not be made internal - they should be encapsulated and hidden away as private or protected. Opening them up just for testing, causes problems.

                                        The typical advice is a hack. The c# language needs an access modifier which gives a test assembly access to any member.

                                        Let's call this access modifier "private test"…

                                        15 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow to install shared components on diffrent drive....

                                          FFS.. 2017 year and we cant install shared components on other drive. Are you seriously? I have 111 GB SSD, Windows 7 + one game + VS2010 and now I wanted to install VS2017 and what? 7gb left on SSD and I can't install VS, even on diffrent drive (1TB space left).

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                                            0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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