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  1. Task Window sould be able to display different task in separate views/tabs

    Task Window sould be able to display different task in separate views/tabs. This was the default behaviour up until VS 2013.

    Using shorcuts was the greatest way to expore new code, because with a single shout cut we could pin a line (and quickly preview it in the tasklist window).

    Showing all the TODO in a large project makes Task Window basically unusable.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Notes Editor for Visual Studio

      This idea was already proposed by Marius Huse Jacobsen on January 21, 2012 over 4 years ago (https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/suggestions/2532243-scratchpad-notes-editor-window-not-tied-to-file) (it's a pity that no hyper-link facility exists for this suggestion editor to link to the original suggestion) and here I am trying to have another go. I will just reproduce the comment I wrote for the original proposal by adding some of the benefits for the proposed idea.

      PLEASE VOTE FOR THE ORIGINAL IDEA IF YOU LIKE THIS PROPOSAL. VOTING HERE WILL ONLY SPLIT AND WASTE THE VOTES.
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      I cannot believe this idea didn't receive much interest for…

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 打开比本地低版本sdk项目,提示自动转换。手动编辑项目文件不是个友好的方案

        打开比本地低版本sdk项目,提示自动转换。手动编辑项目文件不是个友好的方案

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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • "Close this project" context menu

          Please add following menu items to context menu of document tab.
          - Close this project.
          - Close all except this project.

          I thought I implement this function as VS extension, but it couldn't because I didn't understand detection method of "Tab Group".

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            0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add create time' field in breakpoint window

            For large projects it is not uncommon to have 20-30 breakpoints depending upon which area of code that you are working on. Over time the list tends to get long, but you don't necessarily want to delete all the disabled breakpoints as it is a handy way to get to the specific breakpoint locations quickly.

            * If the breakpoints also showed a column for date/time it would help to locate the most recently used breakpoints. That way one can hit "disable all" then sort by create time and one can easily re-enable the most recently created ones.

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              0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add "View.PropertyPages" to context menu when clicking on tabs

              When working with release c++ code, often I need to change optimization level for specific file to Disabled. (working with whole solution Debug is too slow)

              To do this I need to navigate through Solution Explorer, right click on file name and chose "Properties".

              Tracking active item in Solution Explorer for my usage cases more harm, then help, also I do not use Solution Explorer, so I need to unhide it to do that.

              Why there can't be a Properties on tab, accessible from context menu on tab bar? Suggestion in attachment.

              I've also tried find a command for this,…

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                0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Enable contextual ribbon customization in the Designer

                I'd really like it if the contextual ribbons could be customized using the Designer as opposed to only XML.

                I'm talking specifically the ComposeTools contextual ribbon in Outlook VSTO. This ribbon group is only available in the XML method of customizing ribbons. Would like it in the Designer method as well.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 is very slow. Please do something about it.

                  Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 is very slow. Please do something about it.

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                    11 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide the functionality to upload test cases from word or excel to VSO

                    As a tester the time taken to create each and every test case via the UI is an overhead we can do without
                    As a test manager trying to sell the benefits of VSO to my teams they are put off by the increase in test preparation time
                    There have been migration tools but they break regularly as they are not part of the product

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                      0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • rise4fun

                      Add an option to choose between compilers (vc8 to vc-latest) here http://webcompiler.cloudapp.net/

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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Attach to process should remember the previous process name

                        I usually attach the same solution to the same process when debugging.

                        When doing "attach to process", it should search for the previously attached process name, and if there is exactly one hit allow "quick selecting" it by pressing enter or whatever.

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                          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Apply themes fully to the find and replace window

                          The UI controls on the Find and Replace window use an old Windows white/3D grey theme which makes them look out of place relative to the rest of Visual Studio. I think they should adopt the same style as the 'Quick Find' UI in the text editor.

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • seach box - search forward and search back buttons

                            Search box is currently fiddly to search backwards. Requires click combo and change search mode to backwards, so next use of box is in search back mode and another fiddle to search forward.

                            Search box is small, so room for both a search back and search forward button. Have used in an other IDE and is very effective.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve VSTS build artifacts download speed

                              I have a build running under VSTS hosted agents. This build publishes artifacts that are close to 1 GB big.

                              When I try to download these big artifacts, they get downloaded very slowly. I benchmarked the download speed at about 2.3 MB/s. This is very slow since I benchmarked my connection speed with www.speedtest.net to something close to 9.75 MB/s.

                              This makes artifacts very unconvenient to use since they take a while to download. For example, downloading a 1GB artifact takes about 7.5 minutes.

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Present statistical data from coding in VS in a similar way to WakaTime et al.

                                At the moment, I've seen no native way or MS product that lets a developer know how much time was spent in VS on a project, or code file. What languages were used and areas of the framework too.
                                This would be very useful for devs that spend most of their time in the tool.
                                With the built in browser, a dev who also wanted to track how much time they spent overall, coding and searching for solutions to coding issues, it would be great to have that data collated, for sharing, guidance and even celebration.

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                                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Maintain the previous expansion of the treeview in the Code Coverage Results window after running a new code coverage analysis

                                  Currently I can drill down in the code coverage results window to examine a particular class or method. When I make a change and then run code coverage analysis again, the tree view refreshes completely and closes up to just show the top level node. This means I have to drill down again to find my method, which gets repetitive. I think the tree should maintain its current view if the path to the item in the old analysis results still exists in the new analysis results.

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                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • When Visual Studio 2015 crashes during debugging, it kills all breakpoints added and does not reopen open files

                                    Currently 2015, as with 2013, will forget all breakpoints added during this session and not reopen files that were opened during that session when it inevitably crashes during debugging.
                                    Some background:

                                    - Have a huge project with 220+k files and 810+ projects (Chromium is a good example)
                                    - Debug it. Try stepping into nested template methods, eg. when calling Callback:Run method which happens all over the place in Chromium.
                                    - Watch it lock up and then after some seconds crash.
                                    - Reload the project and watch all your added breakpoints and open files being reset to the state of the…

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                                      2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Maximize the Function Name column in performance report Call Tree view by default

                                      When viewing a performance report that has been generated by the Visual Studio profiler, and opening the Call Tree view, the Function Name column is always very narrow by default. I'd like it to make better use of the available horizontal space in the user interface.

                                      The thing I do just about every time I open a performance report is to select the Call Tree view, then click on the hot path highlight button, and then I drag the Function Name column to be wide enough to be able to see the method names in the call stacks. It is…

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                                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • There would be nice to have a function for cleaning an Immediate window - Debug.Clean().

                                        When the project starts, the Immediate window contains old information form previous debugging. So to cleanup them would be comfortable.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Revise shameful MSDN sample code

                                          In many cases MSDN sample code is shameful. Look at this: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/te15te69(v=vs.110).aspx

                                          1. Bad resource usage
                                          2. Bad TCP/socket code
                                          3. Bad crypto
                                          4. Bad error handling

                                          This piece of code is representative for what is commonly found on MSDN. In particular all socket code seems to be done by, no disrespect, an intern. If you show such code samples to expert devs at Microsoft they will be ashamed that this code has been put out.

                                          This is not good enough. I must have answered hundreds of Stack Overflow questions now from people who have been mislead into bad and…

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