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Make VS menus customizable (same way as in VS 2008)

Make VS studio menus customizable the way it used to be in VS 2008 (Office 2003 style). Visual Studio 2010 introduced major step back in menu customizability :-(.
* Drag & Drop menu editing
* Tollbars and menubars on any side of main window
* Floating toolbars and menubars
* Custom icons for menu items and toolbar buttons
If it not possible to achieve with WPF, don't use WPF!

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    Jan ZárubaJan Záruba shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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      • Martin LemburgMartin Lemburg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Donny:

        I understand this, because it is no bug!

        There was a decision to reduce the guidance for users to customize the UI since VS2010.
        Since then nothing changed, so the decision was to invest no time into re-introducing guiding features around the UI customization.
        If the management decides to do not invest in such features for the future, to concentrate on other enhancements - especially those that you live with every day, every hour, than this decision is understandable.

        But in my opinion the investment should be not that huge! To lay a better guided UI customization aside and let us crawl to get something done is the wrong decision!

      • ĐonnyĐonny commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Strange reasoning. "We are not gonna to fix this bug, because we didn't fix it for so long time." :-(

      • Martin LemburgMartin Lemburg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If VS "15" won't bring significant enhancements in usability of UI customization, than it is quiet sad.

        The impression is, that it is not wanted to customize the UI by additional menus, toolbars with "describing" icons.

        Even the process to upgrade from VS version to another is not "nice" and problematic in transferring settings, external tools and UI customizations!

      • ScottLanghamScottLangham commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I want some space for code, but the IDE is full of menus.

        In 2008, I could take menus I never click on from the main menubar and place them as sub-menus under the Tools menu. Then, there was space to place a couple of toolbar buttons I regularly use on the menu bar, and the rest of the screen was available for code.

        In VS2013, when viewing certain file types such as XML that introduce extra menus, the menu bar wraps to display everything and I waste two rows.... and it contains stuff I don't care to use (well, I may use it via shortcut keys, but don't want to click through the menus).

      • Oliver IkingOliver Iking commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This really is a showstopper for me to migrate from 2008 to 2010 or even 2011 at our company if it won't be fixed in the next version. UI customization was a no-brainer in 2008, but in 2010, I'm stuck for minutes just to shift some context menu items around. Or it doesn't work out at all because one just can't figure out what command a menu item really invokes. So please, please bring back the VS2008 customization features!

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