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  1. Allow Excel export for Diagnostic Tools Events

    Allow Excel export by Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V or some other method. Would be extremely useful for further analysis and readability.

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      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add ability to suppress code autoformatting for some blocks of code

      Code autoformatting is good but sometimes it become pain.
      For example, enum definition, constants definitions, numerous properties that differes only by property name and field name.

      I'd suggest to use preprocessor directives for this - similar to #region ... #endregion

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Suppress <UP> and <DOWN> keys in "Find what" / "Replace with" boxes of the "Find and Replace"

        Those keys are nice when you walking through the MRU but is disaster when you are typing

        Thanks

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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Find and Replace History/Bookmarks

          Keep history of the performed searches / replaces with ability to bookmark them.

          Currently there is no way to keep "Find What" and "Replace With" in sync - you have to select first one from dropdown and then find appropriate entry for second.

          I guess almost everybody reinventing the wheel recreating regular expressions for adopting documents received from external sources to internal formats/standards.

          Thanks.

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Non-Responsive Design View

            The design view in Visual Studio has become so slow as to be almost obsolete.
            Originally I was bewildered by the inevitable 'Not Responding' message, as I'm working on a top range Surface Pro 3.

            Killing every other process not required has made no difference.

            I even briefly installed Visual Studio on a research PC for high performance computing, with 920 I7 processors, and even it hangs!

            I've now spent days researching how to resolve this, and have made one very interesting discovery: I am one of the very few people who still use Design Mode in Visual Studio, as…

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              0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Prominently display the just executed test(s) in Test Explorer

              When running many tests, it would be nice if I could easily see which test is just executing, regardles if it was not yet executed, formerly failed or succeeded. Either you could scroll the test list to the executing test (it has a unique icon already), or you could add a new group "In Progress" in addition to not run/passed/failed.

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

                For better IntelliSense.
                class MyClass
                {
                group WriteMethods
                {
                StorageFile WriteToFile(StorageFile file, string text) { }
                StorageFile AppendText(StorageFile file, string text) { }
                }
                group ReadMethods
                {
                List<string> ReadLines(StorageFile file) { }
                string ReadToEnd(StorageFile file) { }
                }
                }

                Calling:
                My.Class.ReadMethods.ReadLines(myFile);

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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow viewing async tasks in ASP.NET applications

                  Currently, it doesn't seem possible to get a view of async tasks in the Tasks window when debugging an ASP.NET application. It seems that asynchronous (async/await) coding is being pushed by Microsoft and is becoming a generally accepted Good Thing for web applications in many languages, but debugging asynchronous applications with no visibility of outstanding or current tasks is very difficult.

                  The Tasks debugging window only seems to work in a very simple scenario: when running an application (such as a console app) under the debugger via F5. Attaching to an existing process or launching an ASP.NET application running under…

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                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to provide the ability to show outstanding tasks in the Tasks window after attaching to a running application as suggested. We will be providing an update soon.

                  • Flatten the TFS merge UI

                    Merging changesets between branches is done today with a wizard which opens in a modal window. Consider a use case of a user doing a partial merge, of several changesets. E.g. only changesets of closed bugs. You open the wizard from the source branch, then select if to merge everything or select changesets, then select target branch (imagine having multiple target options), click Next, select the changesets, and click Finish (or Next and then Finish, if you want to waste more of your time). Then you repeat all of the above for every changeset you want to merge.

                    This is…

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                      1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make windows layout keyboard binding depend on location

                      VS windows layouts are a great feature; I now have layouts that allow me to switch quickly between 'just editing code', 'debugging','testing' modes with the Ctrl-alt-<digit> shortcuts. However, since I work in multiple physical locations with different monitor setups (ranging from a single laptop display to a 3-monitor panoram) I'd like Ctrl-Alt-2 (for example) to bring up the appropriate layout for 'debug mode' regardless of which environment I'm in. Clearly, this would require me to be able to quickly remap keyboard shortcuts to particular layouts.

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • APIs for taking screenshots and share

                        Please, develop APIs for taking screenshots and can be shared on social media on uwp.

                        6 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add design time support for x:Bind syntax

                          Currently there is no design time support for x:Bind syntax. This makes it hard to use either design time data or mock data to visualize layout at design time.

                          69 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Show unit test results after a test run

                            I can't believe that when I run a unit test or all the unit tests, I can't see the results. How many passed? How many failed?
                            Instead, I have to pick up the mouse and move over to the Explorer tabs and select the Test Explorer.

                            The output window should tell me how many passed and how many failed as part of this output:
                            ========== Run test finished: 32 run (0:00:06.4861821) ==========
                            ------ Discover test started ------
                            ========== Discover test finished: 32 found (0:00:01.4906237) ==========

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                              1 comment  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow Solution Platforms to have their case changed

                              Scenario:
                              Make a new win32 console project with all defaults.
                              Enter Configuration Manager.
                              Pick Edit from Active Solution Platform
                              Try renaming `x86` to `X86`
                              Error: "This name has already been used. Please enter a different name for the platform".

                              Discussion:
                              Solution Platform names can't have their case changed.
                              I think there's no sense to this. Internally VS doesn't want duplicates with the same otherwisely cased names, but this dialog box could easily allow it without the workaround of having to go through a middleman name. E.g. `x86` -> `BUGS BUNNY` -> `X86`.

                              Naturally, this is ultra-low priority.

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Cleanup (erase) button nearby the Build search glass, in Team Explorer view

                                Hi, it would be nice if we can get a erase or cleanup button (cross) nearby the Builds search glass in Team Explorer view.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • VB.Net should be fully supported in ASP.Net VNext , MVC 6

                                      Yes I do web development and Yes I am a VB !

                                      So I was horified to read this on the VNext Page on Gitthub "We have no VB support in the work for vNext."

                                      I Sure urge you to to start some planning about the support of VB.Net in ASP.Net VNext ,,, as Yes I currenty use MVC 5.2.3 in my production sites and hope to be at least able to upgrade to newer versions in the future , in my favorite coding language wich is VB.Net .

                                      I want support for VB.Net in all new webtech just as…

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                                        36 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Appeal to hobbyists and students. I am an elderly hobbyist. Your present approach is overwhelming to me. This market would be small but coul

                                        I am an elderly hobbyist, but there are thousands of children who are learning code in school. Your current approach is overwhelming to a non-professional. I know something about C++, but I can't understand the abbreviations that you use and I don't know what you are talking about most of the time. You might consider a simplified pathway for people like me and my grandchildren. Then show us the way to enter that pathway and progress at our own pace.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Solution explorer should illustrate difference between library and executable projects

                                          The icons and property sheets for C# libraries and C# executables are identical. One shouldn't have to bring up the project property page in order to see the difference, it should be obvious from the icon. Or *at least* show the target type on the properties pane when the project is selected.

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