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  1. Provide a checkbox in VS to enable/disable pre and post build events.

    Please add a checkbox so we can enable/disable any defined pre-post build events. Currently to prevent these from running we must either remove them or perhaps prefix with "REM". Adding two checkboxes might be easy to do, low hanging fruit...

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      0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide the ability to search constants in source as you do already for identifiers

      In the IDE we can do stuff like "find all references" and "rename" etc which are operations we can perform on identifiers (in say C#).

      What's missing is similar support for constants, string literals, integers etc.

      If we could do a "find all references" for the 10 in the following statement:

      var limit = 10;

      then we could find everywhere that someone has coded the integer constant 10.

      This is powerful because it allows us to refactor or reduce risky code by ensuring we can find all cases where this is done.

      Or what about these search features:

      - Find…

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Open the new Visual Studio (2017, 2015) setup engine as framework

          Please give us the same opportunity for setups like the new one from Visual Studio 2015 on.
          The underlying system is robust and nice for fine granular setups and use current techs like WiX Burns, WPF and so on!
          I try to refactoring some bits, but it is to large without a little bit of documentation...
          Please comment to my idea!

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            0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 模板功能太垃圾了。我们需要功能完善的模板编辑器,以及让模板的“目录”的名字能像“文件”的名字那样用变量

            模板功能太垃圾了。我们需要功能完善的模板编辑器,以及让模板的“目录”的名字能像“文件”的名字那样用变量

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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Refactor the Python Features So They Don't Appear Scattered In The Menu

              Refactor the Python features so they don't appear scattered in the menu. All the Python specific menu items appear scattered throughout the UI and in a somewhat unsystematic fashion.

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                0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Confirm before closing side windows

                When I click "x" to close a window different from the main one, I would like to get a confirmation box. Reason: if I closed the main window, I can restart the Studio. If I closed a side window the list of tabs opened there is lost.

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

                  The uninstaller provides no information, simply says please wait for an extended amount of time. Some information should be provided to the user.

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                    0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        0 comments  ·  Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow developers to choose to hide build output about skipped projects

                        Currently skipped projects are indicated as such in the build output
                        e .g.

                        143>------ Skipped Build: Project: zlib, Configuration: [All] Profile x64 ------
                        143>Project not selected to build for this solution configuration

                        However this is not useful when the project is expected to be skipped and frustrating when it's 1 of 142 projects being skipped. It would be great if there was an option for hiding build information about skipped projects.

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow environment variable specification when launching CMake targets

                          My project depends on finding third party dependencies in a non-standard path. There is currently no way to set the PATH or other environment variables when launching my CMake target.

                          This configuration should live somewhere in the build directory, not in the launch.vs.json, as the environment variables are specific to the CMake cache, as opposed to the source.

                          Note that this only applies to the new VS 2017 CMake Integration. Using the generate solution method, I can use CMake to generate a .vcxproj.user that extends the environment.

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                            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Holligram Scuerty Link

                            Satellite Scuer Saftey For All Man Kind Linked On Barcodes

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                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Sync up with Visual Studio Code on how the Icon should look in mac.

                              The Icon for visual studio code and visual studio for mac are need to sync up. I suggest use the design from Visual Studio for Mac and change the color to Blue.

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve big files handling and fix crashes when editing big files

                                There are programs that handle big files far better than Visual Studio Code (e.g 010 editor), earlier I tried editing a ~20MB file and the program crashed (I just installed the most recent version)

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • code formatting alignment

                                  I would like the code editor to assist with aligning the code in different ways. There is a add-in called Code Alignment that you can use, but I would like this to be built in to the formatting in the editor and it should be possible to align automatically when you save. For example I would like to aligning on equal signs in consecutive assignment statements, like this:

                                  var a = 1;
                                  string b123 = "";

                                  I think that this should also include a number of other alignment options too, like aligning declarations and parameters etc - or anything that…

                                  3 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Configure shortcuts like “Go To Definition” or "any other like Edit->Navigate to" with "Mouse" and/or "Keyboard + Mouse" in vs 2015 vanilla

                                    Please provide a generic way to configure any shortcut (e.g. "Go To Definition" or "any other like Edit->Navigate to") with "Mouse" and/or "keyboard + mouse" (e.g. "Ctrl + Click") combination. By having this, we can have any feature linked with mouse and keyboard combination. For example, first thing i will do is, configure "Go to definition" with "Ctrl + Click". I know that, currently only Keyboard is possible (e.g. F12 for "Go to definition"). But some 3rd party softwares allow "mouse + keyboard" combination and as a developer we are used to it, now in visual studio to avoid installing…

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Fast document transition on solution explorer

                                      When clicking document tab, it shows clicked document immediately.
                                      However, when clicking a document on solution explorer, the content is shown with 0.2~0.5 sec delay.

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                                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Don't assume I want an entire solution opened when I try to open a project file.

                                        When opening a project file it should be stand alone.
                                        In VS2017 an attempt to open a project searches for a solution.
                                        This is not what I wanted to do. The solution was large and took an unnecessary waste of time to load.
                                        At least ask.

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Visual Studio 2015 Test Playlist Order

                                          Vs2015 now no longer honours the test playlist order (it did in previous editions), See http://stackoverflow.com/questions/20711300/controlling-execution-order-of-unit-tests-in-visual-studio

                                          While https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms182631.aspx tells use how to do ordered tests, this is impractical for 1000s of tests. We don’t want to create an ordered test, we want to control the order of the tests in a test run.

                                          So my request or plea :

                                          >> Please provide an option when running playlists to maintain the playlist order

                                          While the "theory" is the order does not matter, due to class setup times the result of this is tests can take up to x10 longer than before.

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