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  1. Allow Canceling Opening Visual Studio From Splash Screen

    Sometimes I get click happy with the Visual Studio icon in my taskbar. It would be great to cancel the opening of additional Visual Studio instances directly from the splash screen.

    I run Visual Studio in a VM so the splash screen may be visible for 10-30 seconds per instance.

    Thanks,

    Khalid Abuhakmeh (https://twitter.com/buhakmeh)

    15 votes
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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve productivity while working with JSX

      Please add some productivity improvements to JSX:
      - auto-closing tag (like in HTML editor)
      - rename closing tag while changing opening tag (like in HTML editor)
      - add ability to wrap selected JSX with DIV (like in HTML editor)
      - add ability to export selected JSX as stateless component

      20 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Codelens Doesn't Detect Parameterized nUnit Tests

        CodeLens currently does not support detection of parameterized nUnit tests, as described in the pages below:

        https://github.com/nunit/docs/issues/174
        https://github.com/nunit/nunit3-vs-adapter/issues/55
        https://github.com/nunit/nunit-vs-adapter/issues/105

        Adding support for CodeLens detection of tests in-line would be very useful.

        36 votes
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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide a custom offline installer package for vs 2017

          I'm loving the flashy new UI for the web-install of VS 2017. As I often do not have access to really fast speed internet access (only ADSL 1 at home!) I would love to be able to choose my custom combination of components and have them all download at once initially and provide me with either a single installation file or (perhaps more practicably) an installer and an accompanying data store (archived or any format as you see fit).

          Initially I would imagine the installers flow would be something like:

          1. Ask user if they want offline or online installation …

          79 votes
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            4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 58 votes
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              2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a line height setting to the Editor

              Almost every editor at this point has line height settings for the code editor except for visual studio. Complex statements and blocks are hard to read when the lines are squished together so much. It is a primary inhibitor for me and many people I know from switching to visual studio as their primary editor.

              You can see in the attachment visual studio on the left and sublime text on the right with custom line height.

              10 votes
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                2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add filter for Application Insights debug events in output window

                Application Insights can log a huge amount of debug events to the output window if your running in debug.
                While this might be useful sometimes, I mostly think it clutters up the output window, and "hides" debug events of interests.

                I can disable the debug logging from Application insights, by using the following configuration:
                TelemetryDebugWriter.IsTracingDisabled = true;

                This stops logging of the events to the output window, but it also prevents Visual Studio from collecting any Application Insights telemetry!

                It would be nice, if it was possible to just filter out the Application Insights events from the output window.

                21 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Unwind the call stack on unhandled exception

                  The option "Unwind the call stack on unhandled exception" was removed in Visual Studio 2017. This unfortunately means, that an important scenario is broken: Edit and continue after an unhandled exception!

                  The issue is described in detail here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/43126140/continue-after-an-unhandled-exception-in-visual-studio-2017

                  TL;DR: If you want to salvage a running program after an exception you're out of luck in the latest product version.

                  Please restore this option.

                  28 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • VSO/VSTS Pull Request Integration Inside Visual Studio

                    I think better integration of Visual Studio and VSTS would really help streamline my workflows.

                    Example:
                    - VS2017 knows what my current git branch is, and if there is a remote branch associated with it
                    - VSTS knows what Pull Request is associated with that remote git branch
                    - VSTS has a list of comments associated with that pull request
                    - VS2017 could have a ribbon allowing me to iterate through the comments (and would load the file at the correct line in the IDE), or a side bar showing a list of all the comments with buttons to filter…

                    7 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Microsoft can make an update of the VB6 to VB7 (Classic VB)

                      1) It should be able to create VB Command Line application.
                      2) API selection dialog which will put the selected API on the project.
                      3) It should be able to create both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.
                      4) It should also have a feature to create self dependent application which doesn't depend on any runtime library.
                      5) Change the looks similar to the VS2013/VS2015.

                      # If Microsoft does create this new COM based programming language I am sure many programmers will switch back to Microsoft.
                      # And really there is not point in abandoning such a huge crowd of programmers who…

                      462 votes
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                        38 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • VS 2015>C#: auto complete braces behavior, single line IF -> multi line IF

                        In VS 2015, type the following code:

                        if (test)
                        do1();
                        else
                        do2();
                        if I want to modify to add more lines after if statement, put an open brace after if, it will auto complete the close brace as below:
                        if (test) { }
                        do1();
                        else
                        do2();
                        The expected result:
                        if (test) {
                        do1();}
                        else
                        do2();

                        Or
                        if (test)
                        {
                        do1();
                        }
                        else
                        do2();

                        4 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 33 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make available &(SolutionPlatform) and $(SolutionConfiguration) macros for project settings and scripts

                            Some users are requesting macros for the IDE combo box selected solution configuration and platform. These are not available for project settings/scripting, only per project $(Configuration) and $(Platform) are, which sometimes is very confusing when mixing different project configurations (which is supported and allowed). I created a VS extension[1] that adds the solution selected properties in all VS version until VS2017, but supporting this extension is becoming hard due to surprisingly complex VC project system. Supporting them directly on VS side (not from an extension) would be instead much more easy and viable.

                            [1] https://github.com/ceztko/SolutionConfigurationName

                            9 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • angular 2 deployment (publishing)

                              Provide templates and publish functionality to create Angular 2 applications (pure Angular 2 with no backend code, Angular 2 SPA application hosted in an MVC application (.net 4.6), Angular 2 SPA application hosted in a .net core application, etc).

                              The publishing functionality should bundle/minimize all necessary files (including the relevant components in the node_modules directory) and copy them to the server, all at the click of a button.

                              39 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Do not re-enable IIS Express launch setting in VS2017 if deleted

                                If you remove the IIS Express launch setting in a dotnet core project in VS2017, the next time the solution is opened the IDE will re-add the launch setting and set it as the default. I would rather have the Kestrel launch setting as a default.

                                22 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • extensions and tools without restart

                                  Now that Visual Studio has made it to version 15 (2017), it would be great to have the ability to install extensions without requiring a restart of Visual Studio. Restarting Visual Studio is time consuming and context switching mentally. It reduces developer productivity.

                                  11 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Show current downloaded size and total downloaded size of individual components in VS installer

                                    It would be helpful how much data being downloaded and how much is remaining within VS installer. This would allow to know how much further time installer would take and improve installer experience vastly.

                                    87 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Generic OrderedDictionary

                                      Add a generic OrderedDictionary implementation like this one https://github.com/mattmc3/dotmore

                                      231 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide a way to prevent the Script Documents folder from expanding during debugging

                                        While the Script Documents folder is a useful debugging tool, the auto-expansion on every page load is a pain in the neck when navigating source files in the Solution Explorer. Please provide an option to keep this folder collapsed by default (or at least remember the current state).

                                        Note that this issue has been referenced back to at least VS2013, and does not seem to be a difficult (or controversial) feature to add. Perhaps its time has come?

                                        13 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • "Go to Files"

                                          "Go to Files" search dialog should be able to find files by typing only part of the name.
                                          Example: I have files named "MyFileNumberOne.cs" and "MyFileNumberTwo.cs"

                                          When I type following into "Find in Files" dialog:
                                          "MFN" -> I should get both files
                                          "MFNO" -> I should get first file
                                          "MFileNO" -> I should get first file

                                          12 votes
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