Visual Studio IDE

Welcome to the Visual Studio UserVoice site. Let us know what you would like to see in future versions of the Visual Studio suite of products. This site is for suggestions and ideas. If you need to file a bug, you can visit our Developer Community website to get started. 

NOTE: The Applications Insights forum has moved to the Azure feedback site.

For suggestions for improvements to other developer products, see these sites:

To review the current UserVoice statuses and their definitions, please review our “What Does the Status of My Feedback Mean?” article.

We look forward to hearing from you!

- The Visual Studio Team
Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

I suggest you ...

You've used all your votes and won't be able to post a new idea, but you can still search and comment on existing ideas.

There are two ways to get more votes:

  • When an admin closes an idea you've voted on, you'll get your votes back from that idea.
  • You can remove your votes from an open idea you support.
  • To see ideas you have already voted on, select the "My feedback" filter and select "My open ideas".
(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  • My feedback
  1. Imlement continuous / smooth text zoom

    I don't know if this is a bug or working as intended, but the editor Consolas size 10 is way smaller than Consolas size 11. For me, 10 is too small and 11 is too large.

    Why not implement continuous text zooming, like the Safari browser has? That way the range is continuous and does not force the user into some predefined font size steps. With such a feature I'd be able to just hold control and zoom to the size that feels natural for me

    2 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      I agree to the terms of service
      Signed in as (Sign out)
      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Highlight Lines of Code

      Often times, I'll be working a large file and I'll need to update or debug a particular area of functionality. I want the ability to select lines of code to be highlighted. This way, I can scroll up and down a file and easily see the particular lines of code that apply to what I'm working.

      Basically, I want a way to mark off which lines of code are relevant to what I'm working on.

      Bookmarks are the closest thing that we have, but they're a bit cumbersome to work with and they don't work in HTML or CSS files.

      3 votes
      Vote
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        I agree to the terms of service
        Signed in as (Sign out)
        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add a custom “file watch” concept to T4 templates so they will auto run when the file they watch changes

        I’m using T4 templates to create a .d.ts file by loading an resx file. When the resx file changes I need to manually run the T4 template to pick up changes to the resx file. It’d be nice if the T4 template could be told to watch the resx file and anytime that resx file changes – run the T4 template. T4 templates usually have something they need to load to perform some action – I feel a file as the source is used often enough to warrant a ‘file watch’ on a t4 template. (without an add-in)

        3 votes
        Vote
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          I agree to the terms of service
          Signed in as (Sign out)
          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make it easier to connect to a different project in Git in Team Explorer. The tiny down-arrow by Manage Connections is hard to discover.

          Make Connect Project... a link or button next to Manage Connections or above it. As it is now, it is fairly hidden and it always takes me a while to figure out how to connect to a new project repo on VSTS Git.

          1 vote
          Vote
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            I agree to the terms of service
            Signed in as (Sign out)
            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
            0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Edit from code snippet manager

            From the code snippet manager I can drill down into a folder and show the individual snippets. I would like to be able to directly edit a snippet. This would be done by double clicking or RHMB. I would also like using RHMB:
            'edit snippet' (using default .snippet editor)
            'new snippet'
            'new snippet from...'
            'explore snippet folder...'

            In terms of my usage, I create snippets whenever I have to duplicate code so I have a few 'dummy' snippets that I change and they effectively act as parameter-less macros.
            I tried (unsuccessfuly) to see if there was any way when I…

            1 vote
            Vote
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              I agree to the terms of service
              Signed in as (Sign out)
              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • the Installer is getting more and more robust, but I still mange to break it. And repair it. Too much repairing.

              After too much repairing and reinstalling the applications get funky uniqufied names, such as Visual studio Enterprise (2) or Visual Community studio RC(3). How can I re-name the installed application, or better color code or hide versions we don't touch here (Community or Enterprise). The icons on the quick launch are all the same. Would be nice to have unique icons for each install and each instantiation of the running app. I have two or three copies open simultaneously to look at reference code and test application while I'm working on my application. And I prefer to cut and paste…

              1 vote
              Vote
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                I agree to the terms of service
                Signed in as (Sign out)
                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Easier ways to change the color of control states

                It will be easier if you could just change the hover over color, on mouse clicked color, etc. via the properties panel.

                1 vote
                Vote
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  I agree to the terms of service
                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • TFS tree query export. please allow to export in tree structure instead of flat list of items. also allow to export only parent.

                  TFS tree query export. please allow to export in tree structure instead of flat list of items. also allow to export only parent.

                  1 vote
                  Vote
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    I agree to the terms of service
                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • add "Format Document" for t-sql code

                    Add "Format Document" for t-sql code similar to formatting C# code via Edit -> Advanced -> Format Document or Format Selection.

                    Copy of this suggestion, which was closed:
                    https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/suggestions/3328117-add-format-document-for-t-sql-code

                    3 votes
                    Vote
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      I agree to the terms of service
                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add "Format Document" for PowerShell code

                      Add "Format Document" for PowerShell code similar to formatting C# code via Edit -> Advanced -> Format Document or Format Selection.

                      12 votes
                      Vote
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        I agree to the terms of service
                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Move the Live Unit Test carrets/icons to the left bar

                        Rigth now the indicators for code coverage will add an extra column to the editor to make space for the carrets/icons. It would be better to place these in either the left most column (used by breakpoints) or the space used by e.g. ReSharper. See attached image for an example.

                        15 votes
                        Vote
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          I agree to the terms of service
                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • IDE exception window is not useful

                          Sometimes we've got the attached image.
                          - It would be good to give a linked text to open ActivityLog.xml file
                          - Or, make it to send error report.

                          The error log itself is not helpful to find its cause. Make log message more detail. Mine is as below.

                          System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Editor.Implementation.CommandFilterPerfTracker.RecordDelaySource(Object slowestComponent)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Editor.Implementation.CommandFilterPerfTracker.TrackTypingDelay(TrackCommandsType commandType)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Editor.Implementation.CommandFilterPerfTracker.StopTracking(TrackCommandsType typingCommandType)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Editor.Implementation.SimpleTextViewWindow.Exec(Guid& pguidCmdGroup, UInt32 nCmdID, UInt32 nCmdexecopt, IntPtr pvaIn, IntPtr pvaOut)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Editor.Implementation.VsKeyboardFilter.SendCommand(Guid cmdGroup, UInt32 cmdID, Object inParam)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Editor.Implementation.VsKeyboardFilter.TextInput(TextCompositionEventArgs args)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Editor.Implementation.KeyProcessorDispatcher.<>c.<DispatchTextInputEvents>b__6_0(KeyProcessor p, TextCompositionEventArgs args)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Editor.Implementation.KeyProcessorDispatcher.<>c__DisplayClass10_1`1.<Dispatch>b__0()
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Utilities.GuardedOperations.CallExtensionPoint(Object errorSource, Action…

                          2 votes
                          Vote
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            I agree to the terms of service
                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow to create a new Test Playlist via Mainmenu > Test > Playlist

                            In Visual Studio 2015 Pro
                            Allow to create a new Test Playlist via the Mainmenu > Test > Playlist

                            Now you can only do it in Test Explorer with right mouse click.

                            Had to search the interwebs just to find a blog that explains it... -_-

                            0 votes
                            Vote
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              I agree to the terms of service
                              Signed in as (Sign out)
                              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                              0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 1 vote
                              Vote
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                I agree to the terms of service
                                Signed in as (Sign out)
                                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Visual Studio 2017, C#, Mono Cross Platform Linux?

                                So what is the method to use Visual Studio 2017 (or 2015) to develop & build a cross platform desktop GUI application with Linux? The advertising all indicates Xamarin is the way to go...You go to Mono website and the current pages indicate to no longer use monodevelop on Windows, and point to downloading / install Xamarin to VS. I know Xamarin is now Microsoft and built on Mono, so that sounds reasonable. OK, install Xamarin to VS2017 - except nothing there indicates that it works with Linux / Mono... just Android / Apple, etc.

                                Listed in the Extensions section…

                                108 votes
                                Vote
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  I agree to the terms of service
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                  2 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 1 vote
                                  Vote
                                  Sign in
                                  Check!
                                  (thinking…)
                                  Reset
                                  or sign in with
                                  • facebook
                                  • google
                                    Password icon
                                    I agree to the terms of service
                                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 1 vote
                                    Vote
                                    Sign in
                                    Check!
                                    (thinking…)
                                    Reset
                                    or sign in with
                                    • facebook
                                    • google
                                      Password icon
                                      I agree to the terms of service
                                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Almost daily updates experience could be improved

                                      Currently VS2017 almost updates daily. In this process, I've to do multiple clicks in order to first update the installer and then give another approval for the update.
                                      VS Code solves this more elegant: On next restart the update will be installed. They don't care about the version of the installer or anything. Next release is just installed after a reboot.

                                      I believe VS2017 should also go this way. And similar to Extensions, by default do automatic updates on next restart(potentially make opt-out possible). The speed of the installer is there, so I don't see technical obstacles for doing this.

                                      22 votes
                                      Vote
                                      Sign in
                                      Check!
                                      (thinking…)
                                      Reset
                                      or sign in with
                                      • facebook
                                      • google
                                        Password icon
                                        I agree to the terms of service
                                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                        2 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Mit der Installation, gleich "alte" Version deinstallieren.

                                        Hobby-Programmierer wie ich, arbeiten kaum mit mehreren Versionen von Visual Studio. Für mich ist es jedesmal ein etwas größerer Akt, die alte Version zu deinstallieren. Wäre doch schön, wenn man mit einer Option im Installer, gleich alle alten Versionen deinstallieren könnte und alle Projekte gleich auf die neue Version umstellen kann.

                                        1 vote
                                        Vote
                                        Sign in
                                        Check!
                                        (thinking…)
                                        Reset
                                        or sign in with
                                        • facebook
                                        • google
                                          Password icon
                                          I agree to the terms of service
                                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                          0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • make more project properties available to be set via property pages

                                          I have about 95 c++ projects in my solution, for which I manage the project properties with Property Pages. I would like options such as "Windows SDK Version" and "Platform Toolset" to be properties that I can factor out of the project file into a Property Page, if I so choose.

                                          1 vote
                                          Vote
                                          Sign in
                                          Check!
                                          (thinking…)
                                          Reset
                                          or sign in with
                                          • facebook
                                          • google
                                            Password icon
                                            I agree to the terms of service
                                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                            0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base