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  1. Add "Find in files" to the menu on solution explorer right click

    Adding a "Find in files..." option to folders in the Solution Explorer would make it easier to limit your file search to directories. The current way to do it is pretty cumbersome.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow mounting a local host folder in the emulator, to be accessed e.g. through /mnt/shared

      Again this is something that is very handy when working with Genymotion emulators (quickly copy files for testing on host and access in the emulator, examine easily on the host files created by an app etc.).

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        0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support copy/paste between the emulator and host

        Often need to test e.g. long and complex web addresses, re-typing them or emailing them to myself to open on the emulator is a bother. Genymotion emulators do it nicely.

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          0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make it possible to run Windows Azure emulator without admin privileges

          Please make it possible that i don't have to start Visual Studio with admin provileges just to use the azure Emulator.

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            0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make more Events for the Excel interop library

            It can be difficult to handle every user scenario with the very limited selection of events at our disposal in the Excel interop library.
            I suggest adding many more events to handle situations like:
            - Worksheet renaming
            - Different change scenarios like: Range Deleted, Columns deleted, Rows deleted, instead of just the very general Change event.
            - Moving sheets around in the Workbook.sheets collection.
            - General Mouse Events, like hover, move click, enter.
            - Key events, like keydown etc.

            Without these and similar events, developers have to come up with unsafe solutions when handling different user actions, and I think…

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              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Auto-generation of comments for methods and functions for documentation

              This is a basic function that would greatly simplify code documentation with tools such as Doxygen. Atomineer Pro and Visual Assist are plugins that offer this functionality, but this is something that should definitely be looked at as being natively integrated with Visual Studio as the ability to insert snippets for any type of language, rather than relying on 3rd-party plugins and tools to do so.

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add a "self" keyword, similar to PHP's self:: keyword, for accessing static members.

                In C# if you wish to unambiguously reference a static member locally you must specify the full type name, e.g.

                class ContrivedName {
                static void Foo() {
                }

                public ContrivedName() {
                ContrivedName.Foo();
                }
                public static ContrivedName Clone(ContrivedName source) {
                ContrivedName dolly = new ContribedName();
                dolly.CopyFrom( source );
                return dolly;
                }
                }

                I find it strange I had to type out "ContrivedName" 3 times in that example. It means I will have to use the Refector-rename functionality should I rename the type to something else, it also makes it more difficult to copy+paste code or other kinds of source-level code reuse.

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                  1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • quick action and macro

                  I create an macro in file a.h, and include a.h in b.h. When i use it to class member, vs2015 will note me to create an function to this macro.
                  I think it's an mistake.
                  root_path: cc
                  file a.h path: cc/cc/a.h
                  file b.h path: cc/bb/b.h
                  include type in b.h : #include "../cc/a.h“

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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow the “Report Data” window to remain open in other areas of the project.

                    I wish that the “Report Data” window could remain open while I'm in other areas of the project. It would be really helpful to be able to see the list of parameter names while I’m writing the code that passes the parameter values to the report.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • tv hook up

                      since loading windows 10 a lot of programs should be removed stick to what was goo in the past and better it these new programs are tempermental and not near as good will place a list later for now i want to know what can be done to connect compter to tv since loading windows 10 have not found a work around or setting to even connect

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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Ability to jump or go to next and previous comments in a TFS code review

                        I would like the ability to jump or go to next and previous comments in a TFS code review.

                        If there are lots of files in a TFS code review, the comments may not be visible in email notifications for example, and so the user must open the code review and find the new comment by scrolling.

                        Having the ability to automatically jump to the next comment would help make it easier to find comments.

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow us to repair specific components of Visual Studio

                          Repairing Visual Studio takes a long time. It would be a lot faster if we could repair only selected components.

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                          • Make Visual Studio Accessible

                            There are certainly indications that Microsoft has put efforts into accessibility.

                            However, it seems like about 95% of MS programmers give it no thought.

                            For example, I'm unable to import settings into VS 2015 - the import option is not visible on the dialog.

                            Perhaps there's some way around this (either for importing specifically, or for "truncate dialogs", generally), of which I'm unaware.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Increase height of list box in Export Settings Wizard (it's absurd)

                              In the Export Settings Wizard, one selects settings to be exported.

                              The list, when expanded, is perhaps 25 items (maybe more, maybe less).

                              However, (at least for VS2013, and with my Windows settings), only THREE lines are visible at a time (which may be less than 3 items, due to nesting).

                              It's tedious and difficult to even scroll and not miss entries.

                              Yet, there is plenty of wasted window "real-estate". The listbox (the only control, other than "next" and "cancel" buttons) occupies perhaps 20% of the window height.

                              It strikes me as ludicrous.

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 1) Allow Visual Studio to export only Fonts and Colors (I want to xfer from 2013 to 2015)

                                It seems absurd to me that I can't export just my fonts and colors preferences.

                                I can't even tell which sub-category of "General Settings" the fonts and colors fall under - none seem applicable.

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add navigate to the file in the solution tree menu item (command).

                                  On the right click menu on the file tab add a menu item that will navigate to the open file in the tree. Many times I have the code file open but need to find the file in the tree. Having a menu item that says "Find in solution tree" or something such as that would save a lot of time.

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                                  • Create a Ubiquitous .NET Client Application Development Model

                                    This vote is for developers who wish to see the idea of a ubiquitous .NET client application development model created by Microsoft and the Visual Studio team.

                                    A ubiquitous .NET client application development model is a model that is defined in .NET-based technologies and is able to run in a multitude of runtime environments -- both native-compiled (store-hosted) and web-hosted.

                                    A *very* rough image of the vision can be found here:
                                    http://i0.wp.com/blog.developers.win/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Vision.png

                                    The goal is to enable *one* .NET Client Application Project to build deliverables for the following platforms:
                                    1) Windows 10
                                    2) Legacy Windows
                                    3) *nix (Unix/Linux)
                                    4) Droid …

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                                      under review  ·  110 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Popping Values when Copy/Paste Context in debug mode

                                      In the IDE editor when I copy a bunch of sql parameters, var, Objects etc... up to and include maybe a sql command. The text just has a list of parameters and then the call to the sql command. Sure I can look at the locals or create some watches if I want to see the values. But I'd rather everything just POP the values when I copy the text. Maybe hit ctrl shift C or double click the c. Then all the values pop like this: OracleParameter myparam = new OracleParameter("paramName", employeFirstName: "Ronald");

                                      In the original file "Ronald" is…

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                                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Enable Roslyn-Powered Data ASTs and Data Views

                                        This vote is for developers who support the idea of Roslyn-Powered Data ASTs and Data Views. Data Views are a conceptual improvement to the way Visual Studio presents data files to a developer, and how a developer works with that data. Data Views are powered by Data ASTs, which are ASTs (abstract syntax trees) that describe data in much the same way that code-based ASTs describe code.

                                        Data ASTs and the Data Views that they enable allow teams to pick a data format to use in their project, while enabling individual developers within the team to view the data in…

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                                        • Enable Roslyn-Powered Code Views

                                          This vote is for developers who support the idea of Roslyn-Powered Code Views. Code Views are a conceptual improvement to the way Visual Studio renders code to a developer, and how a developer works with that code.

                                          Opening a file: To load a Code View, code is loaded into memory and parsed as a Roslyn AST. From there, it is processed through a developer's Code Formatting Profile to render the code to the developer as they prefer it. This includes such things as spacing (spaces or tabs), documentation (on or off), and characters/symbols around fields (underscores or even Hungarian notation…

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                                            3 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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