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  1. 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 →
        • 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          In addition, the ability to export to XAML on the Illustrator side is no longer maintained as well.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 →
          • 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 →
              • .. 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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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • VS2015 Community should have a Minimal C/C++ option

                      VS2015 Community should have a Minimal C/C++ option that just installs the basic IDE, compiler, git/github and nuget for grabbing libraries and includes.

                      I don't want or need the azure framework or all the other stuff.

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                        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks so much for your feedback. You’ll be pleased to know that we’re working on creating a much more lightweight installation option, as described here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/04/01/faster-leaner-visual-studio-installer/

                        As part of this work, we’re creating C++ workloads tuned for different needs, with the first one included in VS “15” Preview.

                        Best wishes, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                      • Please provide better way to ignore null pointers

                        Using the ? operator to test for null pointers is a step in the right direction, but it is only part of the equation. I think a better way would be to set an attribute or something such that any attempt to read or access a null pointer would either result in assigning a null value or in doing nothing. In this way, a program can simply ignore nulls and not "bonb" just because there is some null data. Making it an attribute would allow programmers like me who always take this approach to have greatly simplified code.

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • User photos from On-prem Active Directory

                          I would like to see with mouseover the lync/skype information of a developer. Also the information in TFS web should show this information.

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • When Visual Studio has a direct link with a Phone then the there should be an option to override/extend the lockscreen timeout

                            It quite usual for phone policy to dictate the maximum lockscreen timeout is only 5 mins. This causes a lot of problems as you switch between code and testing. It would be really helpful if VS & the Phone had a way to allow the timeout to be overridden. It could be done only when connected via USB and kept-alive as the user is active in Visual Studio.

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                              0 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Extracting/searching contents should be based on the active selection

                              Variable, method, class extraction... should be based on the currently selected block of text when there is one.

                              This also applies to Find files/Find usages.

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Show everything in English

                                Please, please, please. I live in Mexico and speak Spanish. However, since I'm technical guy, I want to read everything in English. Many, many, many technical terms are not applicable or translatable. I hate to read in Spanish when developing or researching about a technical topic. That's why I prefer to sign out msdn page!
                                Please, please, please!
                                Thank you!

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                                • Add support for Gradle-based solutions

                                  Sometimes using MSBuild Projects is very painful (especially with cross-platform projects). That's why my idea is to support Gradle projects natively by Visual Studio. Despite Gradle having tasks to generate MSBuild projects, loading them is very, very painful.

                                  At this moment, I think that all of you will agree, Visual Studio is THE BEST IDE available. That's why I don't want to abandon it. Gradle support could help with that.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make it easier for UK people who develop WINDOWS software to but VS 2015 NOT more expensive

                                    Buying the latest version of Visual Studio in the UK is now a nightmare.

                                    No one in the UK, apart from Microsoft, seems to sell the MSDN Pro subscription any more (I assume it is not worth their while)

                                    It costs 50% more to buy the MSDN pro subscription in the UK than in the US (both on-line).

                                    Where has the DVD version gone. I have a 4mb Internet connection and can not download the software.

                                    Please make it worth while for professional individual developers to keep developing software that runs on your operating systems.

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                                    • Ctrl-PgUp/Ctrl-PgDown should switch tabs, like in browsers and notepad++

                                      I've grown used to using Ctrl-PgUp and Ctrl-PgDown to go to the previous/next tab in my web browser, and it works in Notepad++, so why not in VS?

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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • "open to the side" shortcut when selecting file with ctrl+tab

                                        when I am switching to another file using keyboard shortcut "ctrl+tab" (on OSX) it would be great if I could open the file to the side, for eg for quick compare or when I'll be working with 2 files side by side.

                                        I also couldn't find any shortcut to change focus between the 2, or 3 panels

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                                        • Show the checkout status for a file in the tab for the document in the editor

                                          I often find myself having to click on 'Sync with Active Document' in order to view whether a particular file has been modified (i.e. we use Git and modified means whether I've edited the file locally).

                                          It would be useful to have this information displayed in the tab for the document.

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