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  1. Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

    The VS editor should support italics for syntax highlighting.
    Why bold, but not italics?

    325 votes
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      7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Start developing the Windows API Code Pack again

      Back in the Windows 7 timeframe, Microsof gave us the "Windows API Code Pack", as a way of using some of the new Win 7 APIs from .Net.

      It was really useful, but (like anything) it had some bugs, and was missing some useful features.

      Unfortunately it seems to have been abandoned by Microsoft, with no release since August 2010, and the website moved to the "archive" site:
      http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/WindowsAPICodePack

      Please bring it back!

      NuGet seems like a perfect vehicle for distributing a package such as this, so that API bindings can ship alongside OS releases (or not), rather than being…

      323 votes
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        10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make XNA open source

        XNA is an incredible framework. It gave a lot to game developers. Don't bury it please. It's not too late. Open the sources!

        323 votes
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          13 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Please replace the flat, mostly monochrome icons in VS 2015

          Visual Studio already looks a lot better than Visual Studio 2012 and 2013. I like that at least some icons got colored again and that the menu no longer is all ppercase.
          However, I'm still not a fan of flat design. The colored icons still look quite strange. And most of the monochrome icons are really ugly.
          So please bring back the icons of Visual Studio 2010. Or provide multiple icon packs and let the user choose. Not everybody likes flat design!

          318 votes
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            6 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make the debugger stick to the current thread instead of jumping around between threads!

            Please, please fix this! Debugging multithreaded applications is hard enough as it is, without having to manhandle the debugger just so it does the obvious thing you want.

            I'm sure everyone knows what I'm talking about. You're stepping through your function, and suddenly your instruction pointer jumps somewhere unexpected and none of the variable values make sense and you realize you're not in the thread you thought you were in. It's really tough or impossible to get back to where you were in the thread you cared about. Or you set a breakpoint two instructions down, and it may be…

            316 votes
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              16 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to address this suggestion in a future release. Thanks for capturing the pain points you feel when stepping through multithreaded applications while debugging. We will be providing an update soon.

              Additionally, I wanted to clarify that the debugger will only ever complete a step on the thread from which the step was originated. So if you hit a breakpoint, disable it, and then begin stepping you should not stop on a different thread. If you have other breakpoints in your application and another thread hits one, then you will be debugging in the mixed thread state as described in this item.

              Kaycee Anderson
              Program Manager, Visual Studio

            • Make go-to-definition and find-references work between F# and C# projects

              In a solution containing a mixture of C# and F# projects, go-to-definition does not work when your starting point is, say, C# and the target function/value/type definition is in F#. (And vice versa.) The same is true for find-all-references.

              This is a major inconvenience when working on this kind of mixed codebase. It would be great if it could work in both directions but even go-to-definition would be a great start.

              316 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make StepInto a std::function go directly to the implementation without stepping into std library code.

                I have code like this:

                #include <functional>
                #include <iostream>

                void display() {
                std::cout << "Hello" << std::endl; // step into should go here
                }

                int main() {
                std::function<void()> f = &display;
                f(); // Step into here should go directly to "display()"
                }

                If I'm sitting on the breakpoint line: "f()" and I do "Step Into", it steps into a bunch of std library code and I have to keep doing Step Into many times before eventually stepping into the implementation of my function. It's worse if the function signature involves lots of arguments because you also have to step over…

                315 votes
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                  11 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Show <returns> and <value> contents of XML Documentation of target member in the IntelliSense tooltip

                  C# IntalliSense does not show contents of <returns> and <value> element of target members' XML Documentation. But these often contain important information, and its length is usually enough short to show in the tooltip, so the IDE should include these content in the IntelliSense tooltip.

                  314 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Debugger should support C# compiler '/embed' option

                    The C# compiler supports embedding sources files into the PDB via the '/embed' option. However, currently the debugger will not automatically pull them back out and show them. This item tracks properly supporting this feature in the debugger.

                    308 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Don't close all files when a project file is edited

                      When a project file is edited on the file system (e.g. source control pull), you'll currently get a prompt: "The project '<name>' has been modified outside the environment"

                      My options are to not reload, often not being able to compile, or reload the project closing everything I have open...even if it's completely unrelated to the project change (added image files for example). This causes a huge productivity loss on a rapidly iterating project (Stack Overflow in this case), I have to reload the project then spend time opening/searching for whatever I was working on before it happened. In most cases…

                      307 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Reinstate VB5cce (VB5 Control Creation Edition) free download and support

                        As subject. Until 6 days ago, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/165524 had a useful description and endorsement of VB5cce which used to be available for free. Myself and my clients use VB5cce. The article was since unceremoniously deleted (no mention of why, simply a broken link).

                        Please Reinstate it and confirm it is free. Thank you.

                        It is known we can download it from elsewhere, but my users treated this article as an endorsement that it was free to use and supplied by Microsoft. It worked perfectly on Windows 10 64b etc, so I can't see why MS chose to delete all reference to…

                        306 votes
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                          7 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Please provide Visual Studio 2017 Express.

                          Please provide Visual Studio 2017 Express.

                          306 votes
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                            8 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 305 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add PHP to Visual Studio

                              Even dough PHP is not a Microsoft Language, The IDE could be working for it and generating Microsoft an Income.

                              303 votes
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                                18 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make the VS Test Explorer Open source

                                This entry tracks the interest in seeing the VS Test Explorer open sourced.

                                303 votes
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                                  9 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Stop Autoformatting my code

                                  Visual Studio has always had options to stop the editor from autoformatting our code. They are found in Options > Text Editor > C# > Formatting > Defaults.

                                  In Visual Studio 2015, you decided to add a bunch of new actions that cause Autoformatting to happen. And you didn't add the option to turn it off to this screen.
                                  Some of the cases where it now happens:
                                  - When I press colon
                                  - When I press {
                                  - Some cases with the using block.

                                  It would be even better to just have a NEVER autoformat my code option - And…

                                  298 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow Visual Studio users to create custom Android Emulator profiles

                                    Although it's great that Microsoft provides profiles for common Android devices in their XDE Emulator, it would be great to tweak these for certain use cases.

                                    For instance, I'd like to make an Android profile for a "phone" that uses xhdpi (or even lower) with 512M of RAM.

                                    There's no option for this, however by examining the list that Visual Studio Emulator Android downloads on launch:

                                    * http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=534775

                                    It should be possible or trivial to allow users to custom create their own profiles.

                                    296 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support refactoring in razor views

                                      Basic refactoring operations doesn't work in razor views.

                                      IMHO, the most useful cases are :
                                      - The "Find all references" menu should search in razor files too
                                      - The "Rename" refactoring should work in razor files

                                      292 votes
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                                        12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Support for running web class applications from the VB6 IDE

                                        Enable debugging of VB6 web class (IIS) projects in Windows 7/8 in the next service pack.

                                        291 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Bring back individual zoom levels for each window

                                          Individual zoom levels are key to comparing and editing code in large projects. Please bring that back in VS2015.

                                          290 votes
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                                            25 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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