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  1. Fast switch of document encoding

    After years of using Notepad++ as fast editor, I am so used to the encoding switching, I would like this in VS as well.
    Here you have an encoding menu, where you can either switch to another encoding (if it was not detected) but more important a convert to another encoding as well (without saving and reopening or something like this). You can see this in the file I attached.
    This option could fit easily in Edit/Encoding.

    If this is not an option, you could put those advanced save options into edit as "convert document options" or something like this.…

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide way to permanently change page setup margins. I don't print often but I really hate having to print twice to get the margins right.

      Provide way to permanently change page setup margins. I don't print often but I really hate having to print twice to get the margins right.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Search for a parameter based on its current value while debugging.

        Ability to halt a debug and search for a parameter with a certain value. For example when trying to figure out how someone named a field when you are reengineer their software you could start debugging the program, select pause. While the debug is paused you see the field you are reengineering on their application has the value of 12 so you can search for 12 in a special search window and VS will show you all variables that currently hold the value of 12.

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          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • cmake

          Provide a path to a custom Cmake version. When I use Cmake option in VS2017 it only works with Visual Studio's Cmake, and I can't provide an alternative Cmake version.. I want to be able to provide a path to an alternative Cmake version..

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            0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Statement coverage for C++

            It would be very useful if VS could show me which lines or statements were executed during the run of a program and which were not. The editor could colorize all lines, for example green for executed and red for not executed (see attached screenshot for an example).

            This already exists as the extension OpenCppCoverage: https://opencppcoverage.codeplex.com/

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              0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve Tab identification.

              I like how the tab color is different based on which project the file is related. However, the identification as to which tab relates to the active file is difficult. The font color can be white or black based on the background color of the tab. Just making the text bold does not make it stand out too much.

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              • Please bring back the Illustrator import and Photoshop option in Visual Studio Blend 2017

                Please bring back the Illustrator and Photoshop import option in Visual Studio Blend 2017 that was in Visual Studio Blend 2013.

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                  0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Consolidate MRU Lists

                  It'd be nice if all of the MRU lists used for VisualStudio were kept in sync. Specifically around removing an item from the MRU list because it's no longer valid. In this use-case, I'll create a test project and then delete it. It becomes present in all MRU lists and so I have to delete it from each list individually (which I use multiple lists depending on how I launch VS). It'd be nice that if I deleted it from, it'd remove that item from all MRU lists.

                  Example of MRU lists could be:
                  - Right click on icon in…

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                  • restart option after changes to extensions

                    I like that making changes to extensions is less obtrusive than in the past (i.e. you're not harassed about restarting VS). However, a "nice to have" feature would be to provide an "Update and Restart Visual Studio" option. For example, near the File > Exit menu option and/or on the Extensions and Updates dialog box itself.

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                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Line Spacing Property for TextBox

                      I'm missing the line spacing property for the TextBox control. I'm using the TextBox as paragraph element and it is not possible to separate two single line paragraphs with an optically good looking distance

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                        0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Show status of all tests in a test class in CodeLens

                        Currently in a test class each test method shows it's test status in CodeLens. I'd like the containing class to show the status of all the contained tests, possibly like methods being tests show the status.

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                        • Enable Attribute toggling in model classes

                          Sort of like outline toggling, an option that could toggle the visibility of DataAnnotations so that on larger business model entities, it would be clearer/easier to see the model itself

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Performance profiler with Ropen

                            There is a Performance Wizard for R projects, but it is unclear if it can actually be run.

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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    • Please support newer version of OpenMP

                                      VC only support OpenMP 2.0 for a long time.
                                      Could please update it?

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                                      • tfs work item history needs maximize zoom badly

                                        when *adding* a history item, the maximize button is available. great.
                                        when reviewing the items with colleagues (in a mtg for example), the history stays small in the lower right corner, no way to zoom it in.

                                        second issue: while it is possible to paste formatted text, it would be great to have proportional fonts available for code snippets (bold, italic is available, but not enough).

                                        thanks

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                                        • Be able to customize spacing for generic casts

                                          In coding preferences, you are able to choose how spacing works for parenthesis, such as the difference between:

                                          void Foo() {
                                          // No space between Foo and ()
                                          }

                                          and

                                          void Foo () {
                                          // There is a space between Foo and ()
                                          }

                                          However, there is no way, as far as I can tell, to do this with generic casts, such as:

                                          List<Foo> myList; // No space between List and <Foo>

                                          and

                                          List <Foo> myList; // There is a space between List and <Foo>

                                          So far, it seems to default to the no space variety, which I am not…

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