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  1. Check for additional updates when updating extensions using the Visual Studio installer

    Some updates, like the ones for Application Insights and Typescript as seen in the attached image, launch the Visual Studio installer to update the extensions.
    This means that you have to:
    - start the first update
    - close Visual Studio
    - apply the first update in the Installer
    - launch Visual Studio
    - start the second update
    - close Visual Studio
    - apply the second update in the same Installer
    - and launch Visual Studio again to continue working

    Can't the Installer also detect multiple available updates to installed packages/extensions and list the others, so you can then choose to…

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      0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Merging row and/or columns with same data in datagridview

      As asked by others before : Make merging row and/or columns with same data in datagridview easy. (as example : like ComponentOne does with their flexgrid ;-)

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow undo for specified code.

        When multiple changes are made to a file on multiple lines, allow to undo only the code in a specified line/block of code.
        Eg. From original document Line 3 was modified, then many other lines of code was modified afterwards. Allow the user to only undo changes made to Line 3 without removing changes throughout the file.

        This is similar to "U" command in VIM

        3 votes
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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • allow for a way to reset the sort order of the error list

          If I accidentally order the error list then I don't have a way to reset it back to the original sort order (which I assume is based on the compile time, so they are added in order they were found).

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • don't advance to next error with F8 when an error has been fixed

            I use F8 and shift-F8 a lot to navigate between errors after a build. Let's say I'm on error #1 and fix that and then hit F8 to continue. Depending on timing, the error list is automatically updated because I fixed the error, so what happens when I press F8 is that I go down to (previous) error number #3. So I'm skipping every other error. I would like it to go to #2 when error #1 has been fixed (so it's removed from the error list).

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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Open Source the emulator

              Can you please open source this great product?

              We should be able to help you make it better in many ways. There a number of issues that really are important to some of us, but without going thru hoops, they can' be fixed

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                0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Batch Files Should Be Added

                Batch Files Should be included along with all the others (Batch is also Know as DOS, DOSS)

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                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Persist custom solution explorer windows

                  Please, persist custom solution explorer windows (scope and position) in the solution user option (suo) file.
                  Now I have to create the same 3-4 solution explorer windows and position them every time I open my solution. Also, I would like to keep these windows intact when I debug my solution (now they disappear and I have to re-create them during the first debug-session, too).

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • After selecting a control, Navigate to the next implemented event.

                    I migrated from VS 2005 to VS 2015 and navigation seems to be problem sometimes. After selecting a control from the drop down of the code-behind, it should navigate to the next implemented event. eg. if i select a button, go to the click event if it is implemented. Right now, i hv to keep on searching for all the events.

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • select multiple updates at once

                      I want to select multiple updates and install them without multiple restarts of Visual Studio.
                      Multiple restarts of visual studio is ver annoying.

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                        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Recent files and projects shouldn't be saved, from first interaction with items. Not upon closure.

                        Recent files and projects shouldn't be saved, from first interaction with items. Not upon closure.

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Keeping the old database in context with code- first migration: Do we need that?

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                          I have no idea if we need to keep the old database existing in context with Code first Migration. If I start developing a new release I start with the running old files and the old database in a new project. For sure I need to support the old release until the last customer has migrated to the new release.

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                            0 comments  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Bring back 2013's close option on the quick open tab

                            In VS 2013, the down area in the tab well will show the files not visible, but had an x button to close that file (see screenshot). I've been missing this in VS 2015.

                            Please introduce it back into VS 2015

                            6 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add commandline support for "Additional Tools" features

                              The "Additional Tools" of the emulator like Accelerometer, GPS location, battery percentage, Network, etc. can only be managed via GUI.

                              Please add this to the CLI of emulatorcmd.exe to make tests scriptable.

                              35 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                  1 comment  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add SMS/Phone call simulation

                                  In our research project we do automated malware analysis of free android apps and malware samples we get from a cooperation with an anti-malware software company.
                                  We currently work with the official Android Emulator to test and evaluate new Android malware samples.

                                  Our tests with the Visual Studio Emulator have been very promising. However to trigger some malicious behavior we need to simulate SMS and phone calls.

                                  It would also be an important feature for developers who need to trigger some functionality on phone call/SMS intents.

                                  41 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Applying code fixes directly from Error List

                                    Developers should be able to apply code fixes directly from the Error List by right-clicking and clicking Fix.

                                    One should also be able to select multiple Messages from the list to fix multiple.

                                    6 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • In TFS' "find changeset", we want to also search by terms in the check-in comment text

                                      In TFS' "find changeset", we want to also search by terms in the check-in comment text.
                                      The current search does not seem to offer much, in my opinion, and it is hard to find.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • ... allow entries in the watch window to be moved up and down

                                        I sometimes just want to re-order the expressions/variables in a watch window when I'm debugging so they make logical sense (to me at least) as I step through code. It'd be great to have little up/down arrows so I can quickly re-order the variables. Debugging is hard enough!

                                        Many thanks

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                                          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • "go to line window" not a blocking dialog , bigger , darker , and change target file when i change files in the IDE

                                          I need the "goto line dialog" to be a non blocking dialog , bigger , darker , and change target file when i change files in the IDE

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