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  1. C# highlight current cursor block curly braces

    It would be nice if in the C# editor (or VB), when the text pointer cursor is inside a block delimited by curly braces, these braces were highlighted like when you position the cursor on one of them, so you can easily find the end of the block scrolling the editor.
    For example:
    if (value == 1)
    { <-- highlighted curly brace
    //line 1
    //line 2 <-- text pointer cursor here
    //line 3
    //line 4
    } <-- highlighted curly brace
    else
    {
    //line 1
    //line 2
    //line 3
    //line 4
    }

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Display the previous and current version of an image when comparing images in TFS

      In the changeset details view or in the pending change view, it would be great if instead of displaying binary files differ when comparing images, Visual studio would be able to actually show the images.

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        0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add support to C# for dot notation

        Since C# is type aware could you add support for dot notation, for example suppose I have an Enum called CardTypes

        public enum CardTypes { Visa, VisaDebit, Amex }

        And a property in a class

        public class CreditCard {
        public CardTypes CardType { get; set; }
        }

        When assigning to the property we could use syntax like this:

        var creditCard = new CreditCard();
        creditCard.CardType = .Visa

        Because C# knows that `CardType` is of type `CardTypes` the compiler would know that `.Visa` is an enum value of that type

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          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Local version management / Save current situation

          Currently I barely start experimenting with existing code because if it doesn't work I have to put it all back. If I could press a button that would make Visual Studio save all the changes I make so I could restore everything to how it was before I started the experiment I would do it way more often and save allot of time.

          I tried to create an extension for this, but It didn't really work out because events weren't firing or firing too late.

          6 votes
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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Adding context menu to Menu options for toolbars and customizable icons to toolbars

            .- When adding commands to a toolbar it would be great to right click a menu option in the main menus, and choose an "add to current toolbar" option from a context menu. Reason: there are menu options which you think you are going to use often and the shortcuts are not easily memorized.

            .- When customizing toolbar commands it would be great to assign icons to them from a general icon list. This way the command wouldn't take too much space in the toolbar, and the description would be part of the tooltip when you hoover the mouse over…

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              0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow Task Runner gulp/grunt output to be funneled to Output and Error List windows

              If you're using the Task Runner, you're likely using gulp or grunt to run tasks through it. However, the output from those tasks is mostly limited to what you see in the console window in Task Runner. It would be nice if you could funnel the ouput/errors from a task to the Visual Studio Output and Error List windows, especially for errors. For example, when building a project fails, the Error List pops up so you know it failed. When something in a task fails (perhaps not the task itself, for example compiling SASS), it would be nice if the…

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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add an easy way to switch the personalization account between already signed in accounts

                Right now, the only thing I can see to do is sign out completely, and sign back in again, requiring another round of username, password and 2FA. Would love to be able to easily switch accounts, between my work and personal accounts. This should allow me to switch everything from git profiles and network repos, VSO etc.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make use of the Windows 10 WebAccountManager to allow single sign on with my MSA or OrgID

                  Right now, every time I sign in to VS I need to re-enter my username and password, and do 2FA, when Windows 10 already has all of this available and can provide the access token without needing full auth to happen.

                  3 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 服务器太操蛋,不好就不要搞个在线安装,操蛋啊!

                    大微软你们的服务器也太尼玛操蛋了,订阅office服务,安装的时候装了4个小时,装VisualStudio社区版的时候也是5个小时。我的网络下个8G的电影也才1个小时!服务器太差导致体验太差,我们怎么能好好的用正版,只能推荐身边的朋友用盗版了,还要教给他们怎么用破解版的方法。

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                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • TFS - reduce wasted space so developers can read the descriptions

                      There is a lot of wasted space in the TFS screen (see YELLOW area in attachment). Most of this is never used, and the sections that are used are restatements of the selected List View Item in the Query Results.

                      How about a way to "Close" this header so that we can just get to the meat of the problem? At least, redesign it so that the information is more compact. All of the information shown in the YELLOW area could easily go into the Details tab.

                      3 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • outline

                        There should be a way to collapse and unfold by levels in Visual Studio. I already know these keys:

                        CTRL-M, O: collapse all
                        CTRL-M, O: unfold all
                        CTRL-M, M: toggle
                        They work, but they collapse and unfold to the maximum possible level. I want for example unfold at lvl 2, lvl 3 depth, then collapse to lvl 1, etc.

                        An example of this functionality exists in Notepad++ editor:

                        ALT-n: collapse level n
                        SHIFT-ALT-n: unfold to level n

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • make the "description" window in the browser version larger than 250px

                          When working in TFS (the web version) the "description" window is only 250px tall, while it has a ton of white space below. it would be nice to have it expand if you have more content in it. or at least double or triple the height.

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                          • Drag a tab from one visual studio instance to another..

                            You have 2 visual studio windows open.

                            Drag a file tab from window A to the dock it in window B

                            Closing window A keeps the tab open in window B

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                            • 'Restart Debug' test to be present in the place as marked in the snapshot

                              'Restart Debug' test to be present in the place as marked in the snapshot

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Provide an option to unload all projects in the solution

                                Working with large solutions in Visual Studio is a pain. For instance, Chromium has a few thousands of projects, all that huge tree of projects consumes lots of memory, and the IDE is constantly indexing/scanning/updating IntelliSense.

                                Unloading all these projects makes things much better.

                                There is a context menu item that unloads all projects within a solution folder. That is fine, but the aforementioned Chromium has dozens of folders.

                                It would be great to have an "Unload all projects" option in the context menu for the solution node.

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                                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Environment Variables -> Path on installation exceeding max length

                                  Visual Studio adds folders to the Environment Variables -> Path without regard to the max size for the Path. The reason I highlight this here is with Visual Studio and SQL Server, it is common for developers to have multiple versions and hence much greater exposure to Path corruption due to it being too long.

                                  Some programs are known to clear the Path on install when it is too long - not something you want to find out the hard way!

                                  It would be better if VS either reduced dependence on adding lots of items to the Path OR it…

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                                    0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • The light bulb menu should be also a sub menu on the right click context menu

                                    The current context menu in a code file shows "Quick Actions and Refactorings..." but selecting it closes the context menu and then opens the Lightbulb menu with no way real interaction between the two. The "Quick Actions and Refactorings..." menu should open a sub menu with the same options as the Lightbulb menu without having to switch to a different UI system. Specifically I dislike having to press enter on a menu item when you're still in a 'menu' like system. Enter means to perform the physical action, not to continue in the "metadata" action (ie: open a new menu).…

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                                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Create Code Snippit

                                      I should be able to select a chunk of code, right-click, then have the option to "Create Code Snippit" from the selected code.

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                                      • Sync class view with code

                                        Would be helpful if there was a button in the Class View window that could be used to auto-synchronize it with whatever class/method is being viewed in the editor.

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                                        • Update TFS 2015 so that at new team project set up and new team set up, that the default area path be set to “sub-areas included”!

                                          Please update on premise TFS 2015 so that at new team project set up and new team set up, that the default area path be set to “sub-areas included” as it was before TFS 2015. This has caused significant rework for us after we discovered that the default is now set to "sub-areas not included". It was explained to me by Eric Parvin in MS Support, that "the default setting has changed in VSTS (online version) back to "Sub-Areas Included" by default." This is evidence that enough feedback was provided that the "sub-areas not included" default was a poor choice.…

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