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  1. IDE exception window is not useful

    Sometimes we've got the attached image.
    - It would be good to give a linked text to open ActivityLog.xml file
    - Or, make it to send error report.

    The error log itself is not helpful to find its cause. Make log message more detail. Mine is as below.

    System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Editor.Implementation.CommandFilterPerfTracker.RecordDelaySource(Object slowestComponent)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Editor.Implementation.CommandFilterPerfTracker.TrackTypingDelay(TrackCommandsType commandType)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Editor.Implementation.CommandFilterPerfTracker.StopTracking(TrackCommandsType typingCommandType)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Editor.Implementation.SimpleTextViewWindow.Exec(Guid& pguidCmdGroup, UInt32 nCmdID, UInt32 nCmdexecopt, IntPtr pvaIn, IntPtr pvaOut)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Editor.Implementation.VsKeyboardFilter.SendCommand(Guid cmdGroup, UInt32 cmdID, Object inParam)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Editor.Implementation.VsKeyboardFilter.TextInput(TextCompositionEventArgs args)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Editor.Implementation.KeyProcessorDispatcher.<>c.<DispatchTextInputEvents>b__6_0(KeyProcessor p, TextCompositionEventArgs args)
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Editor.Implementation.KeyProcessorDispatcher.<>c__DisplayClass10_1`1.<Dispatch>b__0()
 at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Utilities.GuardedOperations.CallExtensionPoint(Object errorSource, Action…

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow to create a new Test Playlist via Mainmenu > Test > Playlist

      In Visual Studio 2015 Pro
      Allow to create a new Test Playlist via the Mainmenu > Test > Playlist

      Now you can only do it in Test Explorer with right mouse click.

      Had to search the interwebs just to find a blog that explains it... -_-

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        0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Mit der Installation, gleich "alte" Version deinstallieren.

              Hobby-Programmierer wie ich, arbeiten kaum mit mehreren Versionen von Visual Studio. Für mich ist es jedesmal ein etwas größerer Akt, die alte Version zu deinstallieren. Wäre doch schön, wenn man mit einer Option im Installer, gleich alle alten Versionen deinstallieren könnte und alle Projekte gleich auf die neue Version umstellen kann.

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                0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Release more CRT sources

                As mentioned before (https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/suggestions/2940069-release-more-crt-source-header-files-and-code), we *really* need to be able to step around the CRT to efficiently debug. It seems you essentially agree as you do release many (most?) of the CRT source, but too much was left unreleased.
                I think the ucrt\src\appcrt\ subtree is at least one major source of missing releases.

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                  0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • make more project properties available to be set via property pages

                  I have about 95 c++ projects in my solution, for which I manage the project properties with Property Pages. I would like options such as "Windows SDK Version" and "Platform Toolset" to be properties that I can factor out of the project file into a Property Page, if I so choose.

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                    0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Document tabs displayed in column on side of document window

                    Currently tabs are always at the top of the document window.
                    This change would add an option to instead show the tabs in a column, similar to how OneNote's pages are displayed.
                    The column could be widened or narrowed as needed (similar to other windows) and would scroll.
                    Currently only a few tabs can be opened at a time and still be visible, even on wide monitors. This enhancement would make it easier to find documents and would make better use of the wide screens common today.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Build Git Tag

                      Allow VSTS Build and Release to access current git tags with variables.
                      I wan't to create a version tag in my master branch and then use it's value in the Build Number.

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                        0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • add ARM support *BACK*

                        Add ARM support *BACK* to Visual Studio for native/desktop ARM development, just as it was available in VS2015.

                        This means providing ARM libraries such as 'libcmt.lib' and friends in 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Community\VC\Tools\MSVC\14.10.25017\lib\arm\' along with a cross platform ARM compiler and linker in 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Community\VC\Tools\MSVC\14.10.25017\bin\Host[X86|X64]\arm\'.

                        VS2015 was great, because, for instance, it allowed compiling native UEFI ARM application due to the presence of the ARM toolchain. Sadly, even installing the Android NDK or the latest Windows 10 Insider SDK does not seem to make an ARM toolchain available for VS2017 compilation and the ARM support from…

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Configure Windows SDK installations in Visual studio Installer

                          Frequently have to go to modify the installation in programs and features to add stuff like WinDbg.

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                            0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Highlight other uses normally when the cursor is on an identifier in a parenthesized tuple.

                            Normally, when the text caret is inside an identifier, other references to the same identifier are highlighted. However, this doesn't work when inside a parenthesized tuple like `(patient, observation, incompleteQuestionIds)`. I propose that highlighting work consistently.

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                              0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Not fill our C: when we select to install on I:

                              Yes that's right. I had 33 GB free on C: I ran the installer from I: I selected the install to be into "I:/programs/visual studio" yet somehow, your installer fills our C: not sure where, maybe temporary files?!

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                                0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add editor commands for navigating up and down the GoToAll search results

                                Basically make Edit.LineDown and Edit.LineUp work in the GoToAll search results so we can choose keys to navigate the results.

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • It would be great to have a way to find all assignments within Visual Studio

                                    It would be great to have a way to find all assignments within Visual Studio instead of finding all references and looking for where the property or member is set within the find window

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • New Programming Languages

                                      Create New Programming Languages to be powerful and Simple like Python programming language or some thing like that.

                                      Also, Support Python programming language please.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make it easier to restore the window that shows in-report datasets in a SSRS project

                                        Yet again the window that shows in-report datasets has disappeared, and after a frustrating half hour looking through the VS IDE for how to restore it, I've given up and will search the web.

                                        This is stupid - that window shouldn't completely disappear to begin with, and if it does there should be SEVERAL quick, easy, obvious ways to restore it. For example:

                                        Clicking on the error message that says there is a problem with the dataset should restore that window and open the dataset.

                                        The ReportProperties window should have a collection of in-report datasets, and selecting one should open…

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                                          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Hacer Visual Studio amigable con las pantallas tactil

                                          Teniendo la Surface se me hace difícil programas, los botones son muy pequeños, no pudo hacer scroll con el dedo, necesita una nueva interfaz que se adapte a las necedades de los usuarios.

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