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  1. Make adding commands to toolbars not make you want to hit something

    In VS2008 Customising the toolbar was easy. "There's this option in the menu I use all the time, I'll go into customise mode, and drag it from the menu onto my toolbar."
    It was so simple and so logical.

    Now you have to use a non-drop and drag environment, where finding the option you care about is absolutely impossible.

    If you just added searchbox, this screen would be usable.

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      1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Include Microsoft Band Emulator

      Hi all , I would like to suggest to had Microsoft Band Emulator in Visual Studio because some of the student interest to developed the Microsoft Band Apps but can't afford to buy the Microsoft Band. Thank You.

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        0 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • syntax highlighting for .compute shader files

        .shader and others already work, except for .compute files.
        It would be nice to have the same benefits for .compute files as other shader files.

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          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Test Automation would ask for Human Intervention

          Provide a running mode where when a Test Automation script is running and it cannot continue (like it cannot find a button) would ask for Human Intervention instead of crashing (you would still have Debugging and Regular running modes).

          I can see this being a regular running mode for a like a smoke test (making sure GUI items are there).

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            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow the user to easy add a Test to Test Explorer

            Allow the user to easy add a new test to Test Explorer

            Like in the popup menu or dragging and dropping from the Source Control Explorer.

            Currently, I cannot see an easy way to do this.

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              0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Enable installation of web dev tools

              Update VS2015 Pro so that I can actually install web development tools. This would enable me to develop web applications. As it is now, I keep getting error messages about missing or damaged installation packages. Even if I download and install those .msi files, the error messages persist. Fresh installs fail. Modified installs fail. Repairs fail. Troubleshooting tips fails. I just want to build a website.

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                0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow project files to be directly editable like .cs file in VS IDE

                Will it not be good to edit .csproj files same as we can simply click and write code to .cs files in VS IDE, I don't mind reloading project after editing.
                Also when there is a conflict in the .csproj file I cannot directly edit it in the compare window unlike .cs files.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Showing a code covered by a Comment in a box while writing/reviewing code.

                  Show a box for a code covered by a comment, that way while reviewing/reading code it will be very easy to find the scope of a particular code block, and we can also easily identify this complex block of the code.

                  I am imaging it like this, before writing code a developer writes a comment when he go to next line a box will appear which will surround all the code written after the comment, it will keep surrounding code till next comment written (then a new box will appear) or function/class end or double line gap(double empty lines could…

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Switch Two Strings in IDE with hot keys

                      Many times, we need to switch two strings in two different lines or positions.
                      Currently we have to cut and paste one string right behind the other one. Then we will have to cut and paste the second one into the first strings' position.
                      There are two things made this cumbersome.
                      1. It is hard to select the second string and cut it.
                      2. Sometimes it is hard to locate position where the first string was once you cut it.
                      it is a simple operation but takes too many small steps. It will be nice to be able to select…

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                        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Camel Case Words while typing

                        It would be nice to get a "Camel Case" feature in Visual Studio per default.

                        Example:
                        You have two variables like "TestVarHeight" and "TestVarWidth"

                        If you later want to use the variables in code you just need to type "tvh" and it directly suggest you just the "TestVarHeight"

                        Additional informations:
                        * not case sensitive
                        * also working with parts of words like "TestVH" or "Tevh"
                        * directly suggest the word while typing (no need to use some shortcuts or something to navigate through words)
                        * also work with digits (like "v3" for "Vector3" or "t4y" for "Test4You")

                        This is a…

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                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add support for not asking for 2 step authentication code on this computer

                          Every so often, you need to provide your credentials again to renew your visual studio license. Whenever I do that, I'm also asked to provide the 2-step authentication code. I always check the do not ask again on this computer checkbox, but doesn't remember I checked it.

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                            0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Too Many Extensions on Install

                            I routinely have to remove extensions from a VS install even when I don't ask for them in the install.

                            I don't do Azure development and yet there are half a dozen of them there, some of which I can't uninstall. Shouldn't this be an opt-in?

                            Didn't check Powershell development and yet there's extension in there.

                            SQL? Please give me an option to install without SQL anything in it.

                            Don't get me wrong, I love extensions (even wrote one myself) but don't shotgun them in there without asking.

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                              1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Don't sync zooming level between 2 different code files

                              In Visual Studio 2013 we were able to have different zooming levels on 2 different code files. But in 2015 version all the open files sync their zooming level , and we don't even have an option to change that. It would really help if I could have different zooming levels , since I'm using 2 monitors , a bigger one and a smaller one.

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Visual Studio Multi-Window operation

                                I'd like an option such that if you have multiple VS Windows open and you select one from the tray, all of the windows for that running instance of VS are brought to the forefront, not just the one window you selected.

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • to make it simpler

                                  I suggest you to make things simpler. Every version of visual studio has new templates and some time it is not easy to understand "what to do" with "what". It is not only about mobile (where templates grows like mushrooms) but event for desktop and web applications where some time competences mix up.

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                                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Please bring back the Illustrator import option in Blend 2015

                                    Please bring back the illustrator import in Blend 2015.

                                    I use it extensively in Blend 2013 and now I find it is missing.

                                    In addition, the ability to export to XAML on the Illustrator side is no longer maintained as well.

                                    Blend is a *long way* from being a decent graphics generation and line drawing tool.

                                    Breaking this tool chain is going to effect many people. It is very popular.

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                                      34 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • .. add a new property "Defines Namespace (bool)" to solution Folder properties

                                      This new property for a solution folder would then dictate whether its name is used as a sub-namespace or not, like it works already for newly added source files to solution folders.

                                      It would be delightful to omit certain folders from taking part in generating namespaces, so these folders could actually behave as categorical organizers for the parent name space.

                                      When source files that reflect their containing classes' name are renamed, the class / namespace resolver can then also detect the class and offer a question about whether to rename it along or not, I would guess.

                                      Thanks in advance,…

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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Enable Pasting Images From Clipboard into User Stories/Bugs/Tasks

                                        On the TFS web portal, I want to be able to snip an image of an error message or on-screen issue and paste it directly into the Detail or History text areas. I don't want to have to save the image first--just CTRL+V. This functionality is available on the desktop client and is a more streamlined workflow for me. The image has no value to me out of context and I don't need to keep it.

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                                          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support the designer in x64 projects and user controls

                                          We have multiple very large desktop applications made up of large amounts of Visual C++ and C# code using MFC, ActiveX and WinForms. Our developers use the designer to create custom user controls using either language. Visual Studio needs to be updated to support complete development of desktop 64 bit applications. We have no plans to maintain an x86 line of code. We will only support a x64 line of code. Please update Visual Studio and the designer to work with x64 user controls and design time x64 components.

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