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  1. Use the same language for "Track Active Item In Solution Explorer" and "Sync With Active Document"

    Sync with Active Document is something I use all the time, but I never knew Track Active Item in Solution Explorer existed. I think making the language more consistent would make it more discoverable.

    Although they describe very similar features (one is just an automatic version of the other), they use inconsistent language for the following
    Track <-> Sync
    Item <-> Document

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Do not notify on Visual Studio patches prior to the release notes being available

      As of 5:47 PM UTC, April 10, 2018, Visual Studio has notified me that 15.6.6 is available. The link brings me to the below web site.
      https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/releasenotes/vs2017-relnotes#15.6.6

      There are no patch notes for 15.6.6 there - just 15.5.5. Please don't offer update notifications prior to the patch notes being available. You have notified me that there is a decision I don't yet have the information to make. This is a waste of time.

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        1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • shutdown when complete install or update or download update pack

        shutdown when complete install or update or download update pack

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          0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Gracefully handle mismatched msvsmon (remote debugging tools) version

          Mismatched major versions (VS 2015, VS 2017, etc.) of msvsmon (remote debugging tools) running on a deployment or debug-target machine and the version of Visual Studio connecting and attaching as the debugger don't work entirely. Slightly mismatched (minor version differences) between the two will often work, but intermittently crash.

          This is a major pain point for our entire development team for a number of reasons.
          A. Finding and installing the proper version of debugging tools on the client machine is unnecessarily time consuming. Most of our team isn't even aware of these versioning issues but is affected by crashes during…

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            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Use PackageReference in vcxproj

            Can you add support for the PackageReference markup from C++ and C++/CLI projects (.vcxproj)?

            It would be more convenient than using a packages.config file.

            Thanks!

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              0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • "This is new in this release" for Visual Studio

              I think adding a "this is new in this release" page after updating Visual Studio, in the same way that Visual Studio Code does it, would make a lot of sense. It would make it a whole lot easier to know what was added, and why it was worth waiting an hour to get the newest released installed, instead of having to search for it...

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Notifications to the Users/Stake Holders when a UC/Bug is assigned/closed/resolved.

                Notifications from the TFS to the user when a Use Case/Bug is assigned. Also, notifications to the stake holders when a UC/Bug is closed/resolved.

                I do not have any information about the UC/Bug until my manger informs that a uc/bug is been assigned. After closing/resolving the UC/Bug, inreturn i need to inform stake holders that the UC/Bug is closed/resolved. This is a tedious job.

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                  0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • default .runsettings

                  Currently we can't configure our solutions or projects to always use a default .runsettings file. We always have to select our .runsettings files manually. Otherwise no .runsettings file is selected by default if we open the solution the first time in Visual Studio 2017.

                  Please allow to configure default .runsettings file per solution and/or project.

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • incompatible .NET versions should be prompted

                    Hi

                    What i have encountered multiple times now over the years and today is that when i add a .NET DLL of .NET framework version 4 to a .NET framework 2 project i get no errors, no warnings of incompatibility, even worse i can see the type from the referenced .NET 4 dll and F12 into them from the .NET framework 2.0 project.
                    BUT ! it does not build, the errors dont show up in the errors output, i have to find them in the build output window and even then it is not telling me i have an incorrect…

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                      0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow developers to disable automatic comment aligning. This wastes my time too much!

                      On the internet community, this is frequently discussed and people seems to be disappointed to find out there is no solution. Allow us to disable this double-edged feature. Oftentimes, it wastes my time more than helping.

                      int i; // Comment

                      // Comment that has nothing to do with the above comment
                      int j; // Does the above comment look smart? Not at all!

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                        1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Header generated for .tlh and .tli files

                        The Microsoft C++ compiler currently generates a header like this one when importing from an external .tlb or .dll.

                        // Created by Microsoft (R) C/C++ Compiler Version 14.13.26129.0 (6ddc810e).
                        //
                        // c:\workspace\development\bridgenet\application\bridgenet.compiler\release\probeenvsrvr.tlh
                        //
                        // C++ source equivalent of Win32 type library probeenvsrvr.tlb
                        // compiler-generated file created 03/26/18 at 14:04:41 - DO NOT EDIT!

                        There's not much purpose to having a file include a path to itself in the header. If i ever open this file to view its content, then I already know where the file is located. (And if I don't, the Visual Studio IDE will tell me anyway.)

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow Work Item Search criteria to be exported as a query

                          You get some unique and powerful results when searching with the Work Item Search tool. But it would be really helpful to allow these searches to be exported or saved as a query.

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                            0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • "Peek Definition": add keybinding for toggling open/closed

                            The "peek definition" window is great. However, I find it cumbersome to use because I must manually close that window via a different action whenever I want it to go away.

                            In particular this makes it quite difficult to bind it to mouse buttons or other other toggleable interfaces.

                            I am requesting that a keybinding be added for "Toggle Peek Definition". This would have the following behavior:

                            1 - If the Peek Definition window is not currently open in the current document, it would open it (invoking it using the same behavior as is currently implemented)

                            2 - If the…

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • improvements to the references tree item in solution explorer

                              under the references tree item in solutions explorer, would it be possible to list the Methods in the project which call the Reference.

                              Sometimes when working on projects often references are unused or even only utilised by a small set of functions or methods etc. by being able to visually see which methods in the project these are reference dependency can be reduced where possible. ?

                              It is useful to see which references are being used but it could be a better tree item. having more functional use.

                              Perhaps there are better or other ideas for this tree item?

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Give us a checkbox to turn off your stale code ********.

                                When I am editing a file, It is the CURRENT version. And when I double click on a call stack I WANT THE ******* VERSION I AM EDITING. NOT THE VERSION I BUILT WITH 30 MINUTES PRIOR.

                                Visual studio is a glorified text editor. Is there any more improvements coming that prevent me from editing the text i want to edit?

                                Can we get yet another options checkbox to turn this **** off?

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Here are some problems and issues that have been affecting the for some yome

                                  These are problems I gave been saving for a long time and I figured you guys would know what to do with them. My devices have all been hijacked and it's been ****.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • add virtual folders the the solution explorer

                                    Allow each user to create virtual folders that could be used to organize files. It may make sense to occasionally show files in a single folder even though they are stored physically in other folders. Each physical file could be represented in a number of different virtual folders. This would make it easier to find the 5 files that need to be changed based on a task that needs to be preformed. I find myself doing a lot of searching trying to find the 3 or 4 files I need to change.

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • profiler core

                                      Profiler for .NET Core

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                                        0 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • need XAML Intellisense to work with Xamarin for F# project

                                        Need to add Intellisense to work with Xamarin for F# project.

                                        Event it work prefect on C# Xamarin project forms. But there is no Intellisense support for F# xamarin forms project.

                                        Thanks,

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Use git mailmap for the Team Activity CodeLens

                                          The Team Activity popup for CodeLens shows duplicate committer information if some committers have (accidentally) committed using multiple committer names and/or emails. It would be nice if CodeLens detected a git .mailmap file and used that to de-duplicate committers just like `git shortlog` does.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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