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  1. Bring Back Full-Color Icons to Visual Studio 2012

    The mostly black & gray glyphs used in Visual Studio 2012 are very difficult to distinguish between. Familiar icons that we have known and used for years are now gone, and it takes (wastes!) a ton of time trying to find the right icon/command/object. Please bring back the tried-and-true, full-color icons that clearly represent each command/object and are easily identifiable.

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      316 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks to everyone who voted and commented on this issue. Visual Studio 2013 has added color in several broad reaching icon categories. We classified the icons we focused on into three sets: icons which represent common actions, icons which indicate code hierarchy, and icons that provide some kind of notification. By utilizing a systematic and broadly applicable approach to color use we are better able to effectively convey critical meaning or affiliation through color, to attract attention through color, and to improve scan-ability through color. This approach translates into color being applied to ~80% of standard toolbar and debug toolbar icons, ~75% of code hierarchy icons, and 100% of active notifications.

      Based upon the design goals outlined above and design decisions reflected in the existing scheme for each of the core icon sets we will continue to apply and extend our approach to icon colorization as we move forward. As…

    • Add some color to Visual Studio 2012

      Usability studies have shown that both shape and color help to distinguis visual elements in a UI. The upcoming/current beta release of Visual Studio 2011 has removed color from the toolbars and from icons in e.g. the Solution Explorer.

      Please make this optional so those of us that want a more accessible and user friendly IDE can have their cake and eat it too.

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        1128 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Updated Status: 7/2/2013

        Thanks to everyone who voted and commented on this issue. Visual Studio 2013 has increased color and contrast use within the user interface while continuing to focus on giving the content you are creating and editing visual prominence. We’ve utilized the feedback you gave us to help refine our approach to color and contrast within three main areas: 1) we added color to icons and reduced line weights to improve icon scan-ability and to better communicate icon meaning and categorization; 2) we added line work and raised contrast levels to increase visual separation between screen regions; 3) we included a built-in “Blue” theme option at product first launch to better support user choice.

        In keeping with these three areas we have made many changes to the Visual Studio 2013 built-in themes. In high utilization and icon intensive areas of the product, such as common toolbar actions and…

      • "Send Feedback" -> "Report a Problem" does not remove ability to click other windows

        when you try to report a problem a user may wish to copy something from another window. not allowing this seems like it might make it pretty difficult for users to report certain problems

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

          Hi,

          This should be completed in the latest Visual Studio “15” Preview builds. Give it a try and let us know if you’re still running into the same problem. If so, please report it through our “Report a Problem” function in the IDE to better help us track your problem.

          Thanks!
          - Tim

        • Continue to Improve Visual Studio Feedback (Connect Integration)

          I am a big fan of the Visual Studio feedback mechanism that was introduced in VS2012 (I believe?). Primarily in that it allows a way to let you know our thoughts as developers, but DEFINITELY in that your team ACTUALLY READS OUR FEEDBACK AND GETS BACK TO US. :) :) :)

          This is really great! No longer does it feel like we're coding in a void/vacuum. Thank you for taking the time to provide a bridge to your loyal users and make it possible to start the dialogue.

          With that said, the reward for hard work is more hard work,…

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            2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Feedback tool "Problem manager" console to engage with VS team

            When I submit a problem, I often want to go back and talk about it some more, add more information or how I resolved it.

            This ultimate helps you and helps the community.

            At least, I should get an ID and an email address I can use to forward further detail.

            At present, the feedback tool sends "Problems" into a black hole. Usually, a VS team triage dude contacts me, that's GREAT, but often its long after the event and I've just forgotten and moved on.

            Thanks. Love you.

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              2 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • "Report a problem" dialog should open links to trending issues

              "Report a problem" dialog should open links to trending issues.
              It's nice to have a "Me Too" vote, but seeing the full description right in a web browser gives you more control, like copying text from external URLs.

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                0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Change the "Report a problem" dialog.

                The "Report a problem" dialog box is non resizable and is so large that I can't see the buttons at the bottom on my 15" laptop.

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                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add ability to filter Comments Task List (aka TODO list)

                  In big solutions it is not uncommon to find numerous TODO comments scattered around multiple projects. By adding filter like the one in Errors (Open Documents, Current Project, Current Document) would help to find what you need. Or at least consider adding the Project column to the Task list, just showing the File name is not enough.

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                    8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Hi Supporters

                    Thanks for all who provided feedback on this item.

                    I’m marking this item as completed on the basis that in Visual Studio 2015 Update 3, you can filter down the task list using the “Search Task List” box at the top right of the window. The Project column is now shown by default too. As a result, you can easily filter down to whatever you need (TODO, BUG, etc.).

                    Given this capability, we are not proposing adding any further filters to the Task List at this time, so I’m closing the item to give you back your votes. If you would still like to see more built-in preset filter buttons, feel free to start another item and we’ll track how many votes it attracts.

                    Thanks for your feedback and for using Visual Studio!

                    Regards
                    Mark Wilson-Thomas
                    Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

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                      33 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We think this is a fantastic suggestion and have already begun moving project related files into a “.vs” folder at the root of the solution. You can check it out in the latest CTP of Visual Studio 2015. So far, we have moved the .SUO file and the VB/C# compiler IntelliSense database files to the new location. All new project specific, machine local files will be added to the new location too. We plan on taking this even further in future releases and are investigating how to improve the directory structure of build output and other existing files that can clutter the source tree.

                      If you are upgrading an existing solution you may need to clean up the old files at the root of the solution. We don’t delete them to ensure your settings are not lost if you round trip the project with earlier versions of Visual Studio.…

                    • Bring Back the Visual Studio Installation Customization Options

                      We'd like to have all of the options back to customize Visual Studio. We'd probably like to have more granular installation customization, but at the very least, let us customize the installation.

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                        62 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make CodeLens Available Outside of Ultimate

                        CodeLens is one of the most existing new features in Visual Studio 2013. Restricting it to Ultimate is a mistake. Make this available to at least Premium, and to Professional if at all possible!

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                          167 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Please support the long path feature that was released with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

                          The Windows 10 Anniversary Update enabled long paths to overcome the 260 character path limit for manifested applications. Please enable this support in Visual Studio!

                          http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-enable-ntfs-long-paths-in-windows-10/

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                            2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make Design View available for x64 target platforms with custom elements

                            Design view is unavailable for x64 and ARM target platforms when the document contains custom elements (XAML with a user control, for example).

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                              14 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Starting with Visual Studio 2015, we have enabled you to design/author your XAML even when you target anything but x86. Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 should bring together several fixes and changes to have this experience work even better.

                              However, it is worth noting that we will not be able to execute any code you might have written in the designer when the project is targeting anything but x86. This is because of the restriction that an x86 process (which the XAML designer is) cannot run ARM or x64 code. You should be able to view and edit all of the XAML on the page, with any custom types replaced with replacements to preserve the WYSIWYG experience as much as possible (and switch to x86 when you really care about running the code in the designer).

                              Thanks,
                              Unni

                              Program Manager,
                              Visual Studio

                            • Allow 3rd party Extensions (vsix) in Visual Studio Express editions

                              As a developer of a commercial extension for Visual Studio, I was (and still am, at some level) against supporting non-paying customers.

                              However, over the years I came to realize that you get more flies with honey, and I now believe Microsoft should allow installing Visual Studio Extensions (vsix) in Express editions.

                              People use Express editions for different reason - some won't pay for their development tools out of spite, others just can't afford the next (basic) SKU, or an MSDN subscription.

                              Yet there are many people who create and maintain free and open source extensions for Visual Studio. While…

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                                28 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Create short guidance on the differences between VSO, On-premise TFS, and TFS on Azure IAAS

                                Teams new to TFS (or moving IT to cloud) constantly struggle when trying to decide between Visual Studio Online and on-premise TFS. With TFS on Azure IAAS also as an option, the decision is even more difficult. The Rangers could create some short and concise guidance on which one to select.

                                There is some guidance from Microsoft already out there (http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/compare-visual-studio-products-vs), but it is mostly marketing/licensing fluff and doesn't address the details. What am I really missing with VSO at the technical level? E.g. Can I update a process template?

                                Note that multiple queries to the Rangers forum…

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                                  1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • TFS 2012 Storyboard with Kinect

                                  A Kinect enabled application to help “visually” manage and estimate a backlog in TFS using a storyboard. Imagine a screen projector (or large LCD) + Kinect… using gestures and voice commands to control the storyboard.

                                  Submitted by an ALM Ranger

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                                    completed  ·  2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Change Location of View Code <> Icon - VS 2011 Beta

                                    At first glance of VS 2011 Beta - the View Code <> icon appears to be too far to the right in the Solution Explorer.
                                    If the Solution Explorer is not wide enough, the <> icon is not visible.

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                                      completed  ·  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • It's been said before but I am asking AGAIN - REMOVE 260 Path Limitation

                                      It seems every time someone posts this request, it is swept under the rug and just given a "it will break too much backwards compatibility" ... or "we need to devote resources elsewhere at this time" .. or even "it is too difficult to accomplish"

                                      I, for one, am sick and tired of the excuses. It is 2015 - 10 years ago, the excuses would be barely acceptable. Today, not so by a long shot.

                                      The problem is compounded by the VS Project templates themselves. By default, all users projects are put into the particular user's Home Documents Directory (%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Users\%USERNAME%\Documents…

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                                        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • As a TFS Administrator, I would like to extract permission reports to audit purposes

                                        This is a common request, mainly in Banks, Government and large corporations with audit sector. Often I'm asked how to extract reports showing TFS Users and what access level they have.

                                        Something like:

                                        User: Andre Dias
                                        Access to:
                                        Project Level -> Delete team project, View project-level information
                                        Build Level -> Administer build permissions, Edit build quality
                                        Version Control -> Check out, Check in

                                        A access level matrix would be fantastic.

                                        88 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Create practical guidance on Agile Portfolio Management with TFS 2013 and beyond.

                                          Create focused and "crisp" guidance around agile portfoilio management, team projects and teams, to complement the TFS Planning Guide (www.vsarplanningguide.codeplex.com) and capturing dogfood findings by the ALM Rangers and from the field.

                                          106 votes
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