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Make the Options dialog resizable

The current option dialog in not resizeable which makes it very hard to configure e.g. the keyboard view (only 4 lines of commands visible). Please make it resizeable!

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      • ali commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Bring back Classic Visual Basic (VB6), and allow 64 bit compilation


      • Duncan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        With the newly ****** up colour schemes in VS2012 this requirement is now more important than ever.

        With every release of VS I shake my head in disbelief that they _still_ haven't fixed this issue.

      • annoy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Josh Stevens: " It really does need to support resizing to conform to modern UI standards."

        No Josh/Microsoft, it needs to support resizing to *keep your customers happy* or at least allow them to perform what should be a simple task without being driven to distraction.

        Most of you guys at Microsoft really don't have a clue, do you?

        Josh Stevens again: "Spec’ing the proper resize behavior, writing the resize code, and testing it is where the real cost of this work lies – not to mention the coordination of work between the many separate teams that contribute Options pages."

        Hmmm, in 2012 writing code to resize the contents of a window is now costly and difficult to coordinate at Microsoft. Why don't you get your head out of your arses and at least try giving the appearance of caring about your customers for once?

      • Andre Artus commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I could not agree more. In a time when the average dev has 2 or 3 widescreen monitors on our desks it is crazy to have to scroll around on a dialog. I have written my apps to use resizable dialogs going back to Win95. This has always annoyed me.

      • Junior Mayhe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please, it has been years and still we do not have a way to resize this Tools->Option dialog. Also with the same UI concept.

      • Huseyin Yilmaz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        At least make the default fixed size bigger. No self respecting developer uses a resolution below 1920x1080 novadays...

      • Michael Csikos commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I can understand the Environment Variable editor not being allocated any time or money to fix, because, "Hey, who uses this stuff anymore?" But, the Visual Studio Options dialog is used by everyone at some point, and usually within the first ten seconds of a new install. If first impressions count — and they do — this dialog makes a terrible first impression. We have multiple megapixel+ monitors and this dialog makes me want to kill myself.

        Not every page needs updating, but there are a few which would really benefit from being resizable. Surely, a couple of junior programmers could have this done in a matter of weeks. Chump change.

      • cpmcgrath commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Terrible habit of Microsoft. The worst case is the Environment variables. The have a tiny textbox to fit something like the Path Environment Variable in.

        By default, all dialogs should be resizable and be able to be maximised. Preferably the size should be remembered.

      • toettoe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Regarding the dialogue at Menu: "Tools" / "Options...":
        Why is the options dialogue not resizable? The dialogue box is very small, so you can't see as much as would be helpful. Many items would win if I could see more of the content.
        Set a minimum fixed width, but allow us with big screens to use the available space - screen space is for free :-)

      • John commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's an old Microsoft's bad habit: most of dialogs in their product are not resizable. It's really very silly.
        It's the sign Micorosoft Engineers write programs and never use them.

      • Александр Sonicflare commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        >>Having said that, we recognize that the lack of resizability is frustrating and makes the dialog less usable. It really does need to support resizing to conform to modern UI standards. Unfortunately, due to schedule constraints, this didn’t quite make the cut for the latest version. It’s still on our “to do” list for the future.

        good point. How about implement the auto-reflow of controls (like Winforms, or Qt), then recompile and see how buttons fly all over the screen :D

      • Jack, France commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Josh : You're right : It's a hard work. But don't you think that buying a Ferrari with Beetle wheels is a little bit disappointing ?
        The time MS don't spend by developping this 'gadget' is spent 1000 times by users who waste time by cliking on moving slidebars all the day long.

        If you have access to (*), read this : https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/675746/option-windows-are-too-small-and-not-resizable
        (*) Not sure you can access this page without sign-in.

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