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  1. Allow using external node / npm / bower / ...

    At this moment, node, npm and bower ship as part of VS. However, many developers will already have installations (and configurations!) of node, npm, bower.. There is no setting in Visual Studio to use an external npm, bower, ...

    Please enable this option such that I can reuse my configurations and that the built-in node in visual studio does not force me to stay behind on versions.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Track copy changes in TFS

      When I make a copy of a file in Solution Explorer, the new file is maked as [add] in the Pending Changes pane, and you can't compare it to the source file. In other words, TFS has no knowledge that the file was copied from another file, and it is added as a brand new file.

      I suggest TFS will be able to track a copy of the file, in a similar way to how it tracks a file move (iirc): the [copy] change will include the path to the source file, and the user can compare it to the…

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        0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Change UI icons back to the VS2010 look

        The icons in VS 2015 is just terrible! It feels like being back in the 1980s or like someone’s young child made them. How can anyone come up with an idea like this? I know that fashion makes people blind, but this? Anyone who compares the UI of VS2010 with the later versions and don't see the superior UI of VS2010 must be nearly blind. One thing is to go for the latest fashion when marketing teenager consumer electronics, but this is for professionals and fashion doesn't belong here. It's very, very unprofessional.

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          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add support for ES2015 generator functions in the VS 2015 javascript editor

          Add support for ES2015 generator functions in the VS 2015 JavaScript editor. Please :)

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add a new pseudovariable that reflects Current Directory

            I would like to know what is the Current Directory during debug session.
            pseudovariable on Watch Window could be a simple solution.
            See related question: http://stackoverflow.com/q/34061235/619493

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              0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Running Unit Test Displays Running Elapsed Time In Seconds

                When running a unit test currently, in `Test Explorer` the time shown to the right of the named test is the previous test runs resultant time shown until the end of the unit test.

                A suggestion is to show the running elapsed seconds while the test is running and update that field dynamically. That will visually indicate that a specific test(s) is running.

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

                  When using a MessageBox to display a quick message sometimes it is hard to see how readable it is. It would be nice if the message could be previewed to get a better idea of how it would be formatted. When looking at a long string in the source code it is easy to lose track of the content due to the formatting.

                  Alternatively instead of making it specific to messagebox, perhaps a better formatting mode for long strings in general.

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                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Per Team Project databases instead of Project Collection

                    We don't want to create multiple project collections, but the database size is growing quite large. It would be great if we were able to split the project collection to use per project databases.

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                      0 comments  ·  SQL Server Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow always using spaces in place of tabs in Visual Studio IDE as an option.

                      In old versions of Visual Studio for Windows, I could select an option to always use spaces in place of tabs. Without this option, a Fortran code I write in the IDE becomes weird when sent to a Linux machine to be compiled and to execute. Fortran and C have incompatible practices, which makes any tabs a disaster in Fortran. Please bring back this option, as it is very annoying to be constantly going through multiple menus to get rid of the tabs.

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Search for a named variable in the Debugger Locals heirarchy

                        Be able to search for a variable name in the Debug \ Locals window (EG from a jquery or angular function) , so that you can see where it is in the heirarchy, if there are any duplicates, & whether it is still 'in scope'

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                          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • make it easier please

                          its not fair

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Trigger email alert if build last longer than

                            Can we have an option to set an alert if a build last longer than a manually define time span ? The counter should start when build action is started, not when build is in queue and waiting for build agent.

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                              0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Ability to alias solution name in recent projects list on start page

                              Would like a way to alias a solution name in the recent projects list on the start page and when you right-click the Visual Studio icon on the taskbar. This would make it easy to pick out the solution I want instead of hovering over the name and waiting for the tooltip to show the full path. Good for when you have multiple branches in a repository and want to open a specific one without navigating through Explorer or creating shortcuts.

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • support for design low resolution winform software with high resolution desktop like surface book

                                i am a winform developer and i recently bought a surface book and when i open a form in design mode, it is very small and untidy and i can't do anything with that . please support for design low resolution winform software with high resolution desktop like surface book

                                6 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add a "enable just my code" checkbox to the "Exception Settings" window

                                  The new "Exception Settings" window is a great improvement in VS2015 compared to VS2013. However, often when I change exception settings I also have to toggle the "enable just my code" debugger option. I think this is actually one of the main reasons for me to use the Visual Studio options window. It would be great if I could access this option faster, for example from the "Exception Settings" window.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make a way to log in without globally allowing Javascript

                                    You do not need Javascript to submit an email and password to a server, and the only alternative being to globally allow Javascript in your browser is a ridiculous.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make VSAE custom tool (FragmentGenerator) run with every build

                                      The Visual Studio Authoring Extensions (VSAE) custom tool called FragmentGenerator used for transformation of snippet data and templates into MP fragments seems to run only when you remember to do so manually.

                                      It’s possible to do TFS builds of VSAE solutions. However with the limitation mentioned above, you cannot just update the configuration (.mpsd files) in say TFS and do a new build to get the updated MP

                                      It seems you need to use VS to run the custom tool manually for ever configuration update.

                                      For some reason VSAE did not choose T4 as its text templating engine. T4 can…

                                      5 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Update VSAE projects to support pre and post build events

                                        Visual Studio Authoring Extensions (VSAE) doesn't support pre and post build events.

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                                        • Update VSAE to support T4 code generation

                                          For some reason VSAE (Visual Studio Authering Extensions) did not choose T4 as its text templating engine. Instead the VSAE custom tool (FragmentGenerator) is used for transformation of snippet data and templates into MP fragments. I'd like to be able to use T4 instead or in combination with the FragmentGenerator. As t4 is (mucjh more flexible,

                                          4 votes
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