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  1. There is no pause button.

    There is no pause button. Please add a pause button.

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      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Regex search in the IDE should have a quick "escape" button

      This is about the search Ctrl+F or Ctrl+Shift+F in Visual Studio.

      Usually copy a piece of code and want to search for that.

      Example: { get => My.User[2]; set => My.User[2] = value; }
      I want to match on all indexes, not only number 2.
      I can't simply enable regex and replace the 2 with [0-9]+

      But what I I could:

      1. Paste code in search box
      2. Enable Regex
      3. Click escape regex button <--- this is the suggestion
      4. replace the 2 with [0-9]+
      5. Profit!

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • To fix a bug

        Today I've found a new bug. I have following property in FeedbackModel class:
        public Employee Employee GetSet {get; set;}
        And it's not recognized in quick instance creating mode.
        But it is recognized out of it.
        Hope you'll fix that. Thank you.

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Do not minimize Visual Studio when Coded UI Test Builder is being used in a multiple monitor setup.

          Do not minimize Visual Studio when Coded UI Test Builder is being used in a multiple monitor setup. It is very frustrating to have to bring up the visual Studio window again and again.

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • put the whole offline community edition installer in a link

            we have a very poor internet service. it has a limit cap of 8000MB, so once we reached it, the internet service will either stop, or disconnect. could you please put the whole community edition installer so that we can redownload it once the connection comes back. i had several errors installing your community edition because the installer is directly downloading all of the components via internet and then the limit cap is reached.

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              0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Microsoft Test Manager 2017 - Support for printing - cant print bug reports

              When running Microsoft Test Manager 2017 it is not possible to print out bug reports (or anything else).

              Often a paper copy of a bug report is required as access to the testing system is not always available.

              It would be good to also be able to print out lab configuration settings, test settings and other such things as well.

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                0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Option to include folder (and subfolders, recursively) in solution, tracking file additions and removals

                The way Solutions and Projects work in Visual Studio isn't really compatible with the branching features of a source control system.

                Suppose I've cloned a repository of a library into a subfolder of my project, because I intend to use it as a library. I add all the files in the repo to the project, so they appear in the solution explorer view. Then, I switch to a beta branch of the repo that has some files added, some removed, and some moved. Now, my solution explorer view is out-of-date, and I need to go through the process of adding…

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                  0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Remove size limitation of .pgd file

                  As of Visual Studio 2015 Update 3, the 1GB size limitation on .pdb file has been removed. But this limitation is still on .pgd file(PGO database file), there will be error "error writing to instrumentation file LNK1265" when its size reaches 1GB.
                  There are many large projects today, so it is reasonable to remove size limitation of MSF file format.

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                    3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support F2 shortcut to rename items in the toolbox window

                    the F2 key is usually used to rename items and the rename feature in the Visual Studio 2017 ToolBox window should also include support to rename items using the F2 key.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Contextually Color Brackets

                      It would be awesome if I could assign all brackets a color relative to their context. Like an IF statement bracket might be Blue and my Namespace brackets Green, etcetera.

                      When you get down to the end of a document there is a usually a mess of brackets that I always hesitate to act on until I investigate several of them. Plus this would make long nested statements a lot easier to decipher.

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • DO NOT have settings synchronize by default.

                        DO NOT have settings synchronize be default. There is a major glitch in the IDE settings that I can't get rid of because every time I reset / reinstall VS, regardless of version, it automatically syncs my bed settings before I can turn off syncing. So, I now have messed up IDE settings that originated with VS2013 that I CANNOT get rid of no matter what I do.

                        Also, you should make some kind of interface so I can DELETE or RESET my VS settings in the cloud. Now, every VS install I do is poisoned and there's not way…

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Create an extension to take desktop apps to the Windows Store

                          Instead of telling people that have to use a console application to convert desktop apps for the Windows Store, why didn't anyone in Microsoft think "Why don't we use Visual Studio?".

                          You have the best development tool on the planet, and you give me instructions with no documentation on using a desktop app converter console application.

                          Desktop applications is Microsoft's best platform, and you consistently make it a third class citizen behind UWP and web Asp.NET.

                          If you have a tool that does the code, building this with a GUI should be simple.

                          I have a tool that helps visually…

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                            0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • offer some kind of Blend training for designers

                              I'm technical, but can't even evaluate this tool properly without investing days. the learning curve is steeper than it needs to be. info on the web is sparse, fragmented, broken, old, targeted at engineers. books, same. courses? nothing current. there is no built-in workspace overview even. there are no sample projects i can find. hurdle after hurdle; even Behaviors were a separate install. I'm not familiar with Visual Studio, so that's another fundamental layer of confusion.

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                                0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support Environment Variables in Project Files (like Debug folder names for example)

                                Support the abililty to use environment vars (%path% vars) in file settings.

                                Example: I have a project where I build addins to another applications that runs in User folders. The debug target now has to be expressed as a user specific folder and I can't use `%LocalAppData%\MarkdownMonster\Markdownmonster.exe` for example and instead have to hard code my user specific path.

                                If I pass this project on to somebody else to debug, they have to now change the path.

                                It'd be nice if %path% vars would work for projects to allow making projects more portable.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Expand http status code methods in MVC

                                  currently we have:

                                  Success:
                                  •return Ok() <- Http status code 200
                                  •return Created() <- Http status code 201
                                  •return NoContent(); <- Http status code 204

                                  Client Error:
                                  •return BadRequest(); <- Http status code 400
                                  •return Unauthorized(); <- Http status code 401
                                  •return NotFound(); <- Http status code 404

                                  I'm currently writing an automated tea delivery API and would appreciate the following:

                                  •return ImATeapot <- http statuscode 418

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                                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add "View Dependencies" option to SQL Server Object Explorer in Visual Studio.

                                    This is available in Management Studio when you right-click on tables in the object explorer. It's very useful when writing queries. I keep having to switch back-and-forth just to use of this feature. I wish I could do this in Visual Studio to streamline.

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                                      0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow custom folder colours in a project

                                      I waste minutes a day scrolling to pinpoint specific, regularly used folders. A marker or colour would save me hours over the course of a project.

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                                      • Provide code formatting for LHS and RHS files when comparing in the Visual Studio

                                        Currently, when you compare source code with checked-in code or workspace version, there is no format option for both LHS and RHS files. Imagine a situation when comparing the files, the LHS file is formatted and the RHS file is not formatted. Then, in this case, it is very difficult to see the actual minor changes which were made. Instead, it will show all the changes that is not relevant. This is a very important change which is required.

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Error List hyperlink the more information links for ease of access

                                          Actually enable links as hyperlinks in the Error List Window eg where it refers to linkID

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