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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make custom work item type fields editable in excel. They are currently read only.

      When I create a custom field for say a user story. e.g. "Customer Value", and then choose picklist and enter some values. If I open that list in excel to make editing large amounts of items a bit faster, the custom fields are always read only. This just makes those custom fields not as useful. It would be great if I could edit the custom field, and it even pulled in the picklist and the validation.

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        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Unused Lambdas should trigger C4189 (initialized but not referenced) or a similar warning.

        Currently a lambda which is declared and initialized but not referenced does not generate a warning. This would be a useful warning for the same reasons C4189 is useful.

        Is there any reason to declare and initialize an un-referenced lambda?

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Don't block the user interface with a progress bar when deleting files

          When working with large branches of large projects, sometimes you delete files. First, you have to get a specific version (changeset 1). Then, you have to wait 2-3 minutes, twiddling your thumbs, as VS deletes a few thousand files. You should be able to do something else (Like start getting the new branch you're working on, why else did you delete the old one?)

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            0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • User should be able to find a pull request by a CommitID. Add more search filters for Pull requests.

            On VSO there are no search filters to find a Pull request. I found a commitID containing the regression issue and then I was looking for the Pull request that actually brought that Commit into the repository, but there was no way to find pull requests containing a commitID.

            I think the pull request search could be improved adding more filters.

            Thanks,
            Massimo

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              0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Seperate VS High contrast setting from being mandatorily applied from Desktop

              Seperate VS High contrast setting from being mandatorily applied from Desktop. I find it a bit strange that this happens. I want to be able to change the settings in vs independently (color theme and any others I am not aware of) from my desktop. I have no idea why when high contrast theme setting is applied to my desktop that vs gets stuck in high contrast, when I switch my desktop to another theme vs is fine, i can then change it to any theme I want.

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                1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add a URL option on the VS welcome screen and auto place it into a web wrapper.

                Add a URL option on the VS welcome screen and auto place it into a web wrapper. Its simple to most but i get asked constantly by bloggers how to convert there mobile site to an app and most of the of these wysiwyg builders online don't allow web wrapping.

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                  0 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • I have two suggestions for you...

                  1) You allow the user to change the units for margins in the page setup dialog box from inches to mm (you already have metric paper capability with A4 being selectable for size). and

                  2) Any changes to margin settings in the page setup dialog box should be permanent so next time you run VS, its the same. Not reverted to 1 inch as is the current situation.

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                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • marketplace: Provide analytics

                    In the Visual Studio Marketplace, provide usable analytics that providers may exploit, similar to NPM or github: visits and downloads per week or month, etc.

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                      started  ·  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • let users specify default event category filters for Diagnostic Tools

                      Every time I start up a debug session of my project, I have to go into the Filter selection in the Diagnostic Tools Events tab and turn off Program Output, ASP.NET, and Application Insights categories. I'd love to have some way to default to those categories being turned off.

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                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • In TFS 2015, create shared steps into other shared steps

                          Shared steps are currently flat, it means that we can only have 1 level of shared steps. Therefore, it is not possible to refer to a shared steps within another shared steps. This is something needed to create sophisticated test cases based on other test cases.

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                            2 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Capability to run .ps1 file type on external tools

                            Implement a capability to run .ps1 and pass arguments to be executed more dinamycally

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

                              Hi All,
                              I have something what can improve .NET and C# more further in cloud and cloud programing. Everything is prepared for analytics and developers. I've tried lot of contacts in microsoft but nobody helped me and nobody give to me better contact.

                              So is here someone from Microsoft who could discuss with me? I can come to the Microsoft CZ and show you how far you can jump with this.

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Save the selected .runsettings/.testsettings file so I don't have to reselect when restarting VS.

                                It is a waste of time having to reselect the .testsettings file each time I restart Visual Studio. This should be persisted with the .suo file or location saved with the solution.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • EF6: Set DefaultValueSql via fluent API

                                  It would be very helpful to set a SQL Default Value via Enitity Framework Fluent API (SQL Server, EF6). We don't want to edit generated migration files nor use an attribute at the Domain entity class nor implement some C# code in an overridden SaveChanges() method. The value should be caluculated by the SQL Server indipendent from the data repository layer of our appilcation.

                                  Is there anything like
                                  modelBuilder.Entity<TEntity>()
                                  .Property(p => p.CreatedAt)
                                  .HasDefaultValueSql("getdate()")

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                                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support for Auto Closing Tabs

                                    Implement an option to check if a tab has been open for X amount of time and idle(aka you haven't used it). If so, close it (prompt for close?).
                                    So you don't end up with 100 tabs open and you only use 20 of them (Numbers are just example :P )

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Array of controls like in VB6

                                      You know, I really don't get why this idea was ignored in the creation of .NET. It was really useful when you were creating projects with a lot of images.

                                      Currently, there are several limitations, for example: I was never able to migrate an old software from VB6 to .NET due to this specific reason, it was insane do it in code, in that project I had more than 400 small images for an odontogram and just start to code, maybe I'll spend months instead of days. Just to do that in the newest versions of VS, you need to…

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                                        3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Pin unpin a variable while debugging

                                        I would like to have the pin button in the left side when pinning or unpinning variable content in the IDE instead of the right side. If I have a variable with a some length to it, I sometimes find it difficult to drag my mouse cursor within the small window showing the variable content. It would be so much easier if the pin was in the left side.

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Display the name of the build in TFS build email notifications

                                          Email notifications when build fails is a great feature and we use it team collection wide as an announcement to all members.

                                          However, we tried to use less team projects, so in one team projects, there would be multiple projects as well as multiple builds.

                                          The notification email would be displayed something as
                                          "[Team Project's name] Build 20160702.1 failed"

                                          It would be much better to display the actual build name like
                                          "[Build's name] Build 20160702.1 failed"

                                          This will help increase visibility and avoid confusion.

                                          One step further would be to open up the subject of the email alert for customization.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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