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  1. deterministic ordering of initializecomponent in windows forms designer

    When I make an edit to a winforms file, often the designer reorders properties, etc. Instead, the designer should do one of two things:

    * attempt to preserve original order
    * define a deterministic ordering of properties designed to minimize reordering (e.g., sort by field name). The first people who use a version of VS which does this will experience heavy editing of files the first time but subsequent changes will have nice, small diffs and merge more easily.

    The way designer works currently seems to be nondeterministic. So, e.g., setting CancelButton on a Form results in the order of…

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      0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Measure file size before giving the "this might take a long time" message

      When you drag a file from explorer into a VS project, you get the "...this might take a long time" even if the files are very small and you're dragging from the local file system.

      Would be better to have the message only say that if, say, the files were very large and/or were being copied from a remote network.

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        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • add the option "Interface" on the "Add" menu on the solution explorer.

        I think it would be awesome if you guys added an "Interface" option on the "Add" menu on the solution explorer.

        After all, basically most of the files you add are classes and interfaces.

        Thanks!

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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • During code review, if the file is new open the review in full tab instead of side by side.

          In Visual Studio, During code review, if the file is new open the review in full tab instead of side by side with a blank tab.

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            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Hide lightweight solution suggestion banner when disabled in Options

            When the 'Lightweight solution load for all solutions' is disabled in the Projects and Solutions options, do not show the 'Load *** faster next time by trying out lightweight Solution load..." banner when opening a solution with the Lightweight Load property set to Default.

            It is bad user interface practice to suggest a feature to the user that has been explicitly disabled in the application.

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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add support for F# autogenerate XML documentation

              For C#, typing "///" will auto-generate an XML documentation template for the method your cursor is above, or similar, including <summary> and <param> tags.

              This tool doesn't exist for F#, and while I'm aware in VS 2015 the extension "Visual F# Power Tools" covered this functionality, it hasn't been ported over

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                0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Visually Distinguish Reference Types

                In the IDE, different reference types should be visually distinguishable from each other. Project references, assembly references, and .NET framework references should be colored differently or have different icons. This would make it easier to separate and identify dependencies.

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Update highlights when toggling the aA case-button (ALT+C)

                  Update highlighted text when you click the aA-button (ALT+C) so you don't have to remove one letter and add it again to update the highlights when searching for a word.

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                    0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • [VS2017] Improve CMake project usability around Build/Debug/Run

                    Things that I would love to have work the way they do with regular slns:
                    1) Build single file (Ctrl + F7)
                    2) Debug current target (F5). In the cmake workflow this no longer builds the target it's about to start.
                    3) The startup target should persist when the cmake cache is regenerated!
                    4) The startup target should persist when switching build configurations! Super annoying to switch from debug to release only to have to re-find the startup item in the dropdown (amongst tens of others)

                    New things that would be awesome:
                    1) Keyboard shortcut to select startup target. Right…

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • navigate to constructor

                      When i hit F12 and caret is over constructor then i am navigated to the XAML file of that class (UI class).
                      I would like to navigate to code behind, constructor of class.

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                        0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • navigate to constructor

                        When i hit F12 and caret is over constructor then i am navigated to the XAML file of that class (UI class).
                        I would like to navigate to code behind, constructor of class.

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                          0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Edit strings in the debugger more conveniently

                          Editing strings requires entering a C# string literal. This is not very convenient for non-trivial cases.

                          Can the debugger maybe show an edit button/link that opens a normal text box? This text box should be able to make a multi-line string as well. Maybe upgrade the current multi line string visualizer so that it is editable.

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                            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Edit DateTime values in the debugger

                            When you try to edit a DateTime variable in the debugger you get a syntax error. It seems that the input is interpreted as a C# expression which of course is invalid.

                            It should be possible to easily edit DateTime values like you can do it with primitive types.

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add more powerful text editing operations

                              For example, a way to sort all lines in the selection. What I would do in your place is to look through the menus of other text editors for power users (Notepad++, Sublime, ...) and copy the features that make sense. These simple text features should be fairly easy to implement but could create a lot of value if selected tastefully.

                              3 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Cache Test Discovery Results and selectively update them when necessary

                                Discovering unit tests takes a long time when working with larger solutions (~1,000 solutions) and an appropriate amount of unit tests.

                                It would speed up my work if test discovery results were cached and only selectively updated whenever necessary (e.g., when a test project was modified).

                                6 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • VBFP PROGRAM MENU VIEW HAVE TO BIG & VBFP 9.0 CONVERT DBF FILES INTO ANY FORMAT

                                  IN VBFP 9.0 PROGRAM, PROGRAM MENU IS VERY SMALL & MENU CONTAIN VIEW IS VERY SMALL IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO MAKE PROGRAM MENU BIG SO TELL ME HOW?? ELSE MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO VIEW BIG PROGRAM SCREEN.
                                  SNAP ATTACHED, PLZ FIND OUT

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                                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Change the link for Discover ways to extend and customize the IDE

                                      When you click the link 'Discover ways to extend and customize the IDE', this should take you to information about extensibility.

                                      As it now, you are sent to Visual Studio Marketplace.

                                      Visual Studio seems to confuse 'Find an extension' with extend and customize the IDE.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Images for Toolbar Buttons

                                        Ok, you nixed the idea of re-adding the button editor (see UV item "Images on customized toolbar buttons") like you had over a decade ago (and maybe before) (which I don't understand since you already have the code for the button face editor - just throw it back in!).
                                        Well then, how about at least providing an image Of Some Kind for anything you can put on a toolbar? Try to make the images correspond to their functions. (The button for the VS Start Page in 2015 is two concentric circles with a "1" in the middle [I had to…

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                                          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • allow us to link a theme per connected workspace

                                          lots of times I'll open the same solution in a different branch. Would be nice to have the color scheme linked to the workspace so that it's easier to distinguish

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