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  1. Save default project(s) in the .sln file

    As per http://stackoverflow.com/questions/694730/why-is-set-as-startup-option-stored-in-the-sou-file-and-not-the-sln-file/1808264#1808264 , store the Startup Project(s) selected in the IDE in the .sln file, but allow them to be overridden by Startup Project(s) stored in the .suo file.

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      18 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add shortcut to quickly open / close CodeLens function

      In Visual Studio 2013 Preview,
      CodeLens function is very powerful, but when we want to close or open it ... set step is too much. ( see Q&A : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/dn269218(v=vs.120).aspx )

      Add a shortcut, when we need it just "click (shortcut)" and show it, when we close is same.

      323 votes
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        5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

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

        321 votes
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          7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • make header include refactoring possible

          Would be great to have a tool which will automatically remove unused headers. I a big projects (more than 1^6 LOC ) this becomes really both code and compile-time issue over the time.

          Another idea is to move from precompiled header those header files which are used only once and move those used more than once into precompiled header. Ideally those thresholds are configurable.

          320 votes
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            under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Please keep the Reference Source symbol server updated

            The Reference Source is a very useful feature, particularly so for its ability to step through framework code. But that feature never lasts very long after a release. Many programmers have .NET 4.5.2 on their machine today, the server doesn't supply the necessary PDBs. Downgrading to 4.5.1 is painful and often not possible at all.

            Please keep the server updated.

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              3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Better code navigation in F#

              Bring over the code navigation features found in the VB.NET/C# Visual Studio experience, such as Find All References and Call Hierarchy

              315 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Exclude outlining operations from the undo/redo stack

                There's something really annoying in Visual Studio : where I expand or collapse a method or code region, this action is pushed on the undo stack. So if I edit some code in a method, then collapse that method, and then want to undo my change, I have to undo twice : once for the collapse action, and once for the change in code. This can be VERY confusing if you expanded or collapsed several things after editing the code, the editor keeps jumping to different places and you don't know whether your changes have been undone or not... Please,…

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                  17 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…

                  315 votes
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                    10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  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!

                      312 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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.

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                          4 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  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!

                          309 votes
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                            13 comments  ·  Games  ·  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…

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                              5 comments  ·  Project  ·  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.

                              305 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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 →
                                • Make the VS Test Explorer Open source

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

                                  290 votes
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                                    9 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  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.

                                    287 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Visual Studio Tools for Git Extension (Microsoft Git Provider) integration with Source Control Explorer window

                                      The major feature that is still missing from the Microsoft Git Provider is to integrate it with the Source Control Explorer window to provide a full featured Git repository UI that will rival third party tools in it's feature set.

                                      A great example of the ideal functionality is the Git Extensions main user interface. It allows changing repositories and branches, stashing changes, committing code and push/pull operations. It also provides a great visual diagram showing the commit history for the selected repository and where each branch (local and origin) is in relation to the head. It also allows you to…

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

                                        When the item was marked as completed, we have misunderstood the suggestion. Your suggestion is still valid, and on our backlogs. But we are not actively working on this.

                                        Opening the suggestion again for you to upvote this one. Sorry for the confusion.

                                        Ewald Hofman
                                        VSTS/TFS Program Manager

                                      • 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.

                                        284 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow me to link Visual C++ filters to specific directories

                                          Please give me a way to associate a directory for a given filter (ie folder) in VC++. The directory would be used as the default when I click on a filter and run the Add New wizard. This would help greatly on larger projects with elaborate directory structures.

                                          Here is an example of how the current setup is maddening. Imagine I am working on something that has a directory structure like this

                                          \Foo
                                          \build
                                          \msvc << VC++ files here
                                          \brandX << build/make files for your competition
                                          \include
                                          \Algorithms
                                          sort.h
                                          \Collections
                                          vector.h
                                          \src
                                          \Algorithms
                                          sort.cpp
                                          \Collections
                                          vector.cpp

                                          I can create Filters…

                                          283 votes
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                                            8 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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