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  1. filter tasklist

    Add an option to filter the Task list in a similar way as you have the Error list.

    I have added a High priority token and a low priority token to Visual studio.

    In one of my solutions the TODO list is currently 150+ items. I want to go through them Project by Project and file by file and fix them starting with the high priority ones.

    Having this filter I could check that Everyting is fixed in a specific Project, file, class etc. Before moving on to the next one.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add the C++ version option (C++ 98, 03, 11, 14, and the soon to be released version 17)

      I can find the C++ version option in none of Visual Studio 2015's Option Menus. Codeblocks practically sticks it in one's face in its Properties Menu.

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        0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Update Start Page Template

        The Start Page Template has not been updated since VS2010. Please update it.

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          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Automatically import project references (.dlls) into T4 Templates

          I have a few custom T4 Templates that I make available in NuGet packages. These templates depend on functionality compiled with the project they reside in, so I import the .dlls. I then package the project (assemblys + Templates) in NuGet and install them into multiple, separate projects.

          The problem here is I need to now reference the .dlls that came with the Templates from the Package's path, and this is not known during packaging time (e.g. I can't push the path with the Templates themselves). What I end up having to do is manually Find and Replace the paths…

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            0 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • expand tooltip display of numbers

            Adding the option for binary or hex number display in number tooltips would be very helpful.

            these options might be in the settings so you can pick which ones are useful.

            when dealing with bit fields and coded entries displaying in binary or hex is extremely helpful instead of during number base math every time you are looking at a value.

            3 votes
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              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • CodedUI Test Support for Running as 64-bit

              I add some code changes on NUnit to make Coded UI test cases runnble (since I don't want to install VS/Test Agent), it works very well in x32 OS after Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.UITest.Playback.Engine.dll registered manually.

              The problem is that same approach doesn't work in x64 OS and throw following error:

              Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.UITest.Extension.PlaybackFailureException : Cannot perform '' on the control. Additional Details: The control details were not specified. ----> System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException : Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID {6DA215C2-D80D-42F2-A514-B44A16DCBAAA} failed due to the following error: 80040154 Class not registered (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80040154 (REGDB_E_CLASSNOTREG)).

              https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/e005dbd0-a8ff-4920-895d-16d02cc4f6ae/the-coded-uitest-cannot-be-run-as-a-64-bit-process?forum=vstest

              4 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • NOT change the search scope out from under me

                When one does a search - then clicks on the items in the find list - then does a search again - the search in context changes to "window".

                Or if I clicked on the document window, it changes to "document"

                YUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                There needs to be an option to disable this "smart" (read: dumb) behavior.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Not possible to work on steps in Excel

                  Steps are defined in the form of HTML in the test case.
                  When we connect to a TFS Query via Excel (with the team addin), steps are loosing html information.
                  Therefore, we are not able to work on test steps in Excel, as we are not authotised to upload changes.

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                    0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add text background coloring, depending on level of line indentation and current method

                    The idea, is to make text background color (hue) slightly different for each method definition, for the user to speed up recognition of which method he is currently editing.

                    The other thing, which can be done is to make text background color lightness dependent of level if indentation.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • TFS 2015 does not show UnitTest standard output

                      I did some transform on the server for my UnitTests from xUnit Xml to Trx as part of my build. This way TFS can show the UnitTest counts in the build summary. That part works fine, the user can see the count of the UnitTests on the summary of the build. The user can also click the link and see the list of UnitTests that were run under the "Test results" tab. UnitTest List

                      However when you double click one of the tests to see the standard output from the UnitTest, TFS does not show the standard output.

                      When I…

                      32 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Microsoft should make MFC open source

                              MFC is still used in several C++ legacy projects (including very large enterprise applications) still active in maintenance mode.

                              With MFC open source, the community and Microsoft could submit new code and patches while Microsoft could monitor the quality of the submitted code and support an official branch.

                              Would something similar to open-sourcing ASP.NET work fine for MFC?

                              Scott Guthrie sums up an interesting approach when he announced the open-sourcing of ASP.NET MVC, Web API and Razor:

                              http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/asp-net-mvc-web-api-razor-and-open-source

                              “[…] Doing so will enable a more open development model where everyone in the community will be able to engage and provide…

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                                under review  ·  9 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 →
                                  • 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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                                    • 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 →
                                      • 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 →
                                        • 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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