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  1. add a global override shortcut prefix for access to default shortcut sequence behaviour

    Some plugins (like VisualAssist and VsVim) override the default editor shortcuts. I suggest that a key (e.g. ESC) or key sequence (e.g. ESC, ESC) be added, that when pressed, followed by any shortcut sequence, will execute the default built-in shortcut sequence action, rather than the override action.

    For example:
    Alt+M (execute whatever action)
    ESC ESC Alt+M (execute the default editor action)

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        1 comment  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Normalize the arguments used when creating and installing an offline layout.

        I just went through the process of creating then installing an offline layout. For the most part it worked well, but one confusing part was how when I created the layout the syntax for specifying the component list was "--add Component.A Component.B Component.C". But then when I went to install from the layout I created this syntax was invalide, I had to specify "--add" between each one, which is something I was able to figure out by looking at the dd_client*.log file in my %temp% directory. Considering I was calling vs_community.exe in both cases, it seemed very odd that the…

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          1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Stop using MS Edge for debugging ASP.Net apps

          Positing for a second that MS Edge is unsuitable for debugging ASP.Net apps (see list below), PLEASE stop defaulting to that browser when debugging. I prefer to have the experience relatively streamlined so that I can focus on debugging *my* code. However, with Edge's flakiness, I'm having to jump debugging paradigms and deal with whatever bugs Edge wants to expose. It's just a royal pain in the &*# compared to vPrev, which wasn't great for ASP.Net either.
          Why Edge is bad for debugging ASP.Net:
          1. VS does not attach its debugger; it uses Edge's, so I constantly have to open…

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            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make live unit testing configurable

            Right now, live unit testing in VS2017 RC will run all all unit tests in the solution. It would be great to restrict it to certain test assemblies (e.g. with file name filter, *.unittest.dll).

            Why? Imagine you have a solution with unit tests and integration tests (or even Coded UI tests). In this setup, it's common that you don't want your integration tests run whenever you do a code change.

            Or is this already possible? Via test configuration file? I could not find anything.

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              1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • rc3

              Release jet another RC before the final release! I had blocking bugs in previous RCs that didn't allow a full test. Or else, update more often the RC builds in all the components

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                0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 2017: don't require SQL LocalDb for web workload

                Please don't require SQL LocalDb for the web workload. I use SQL Server remotely and will never use LocalDb, and of course some people don't do SQL programming at all. I can understand making IISExpress and LocalDb selected by default when choosing the web workload, but please allow both to be un-selected. Neither are required to make an ASP.Net or MVC project.

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                  0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • IntelliJ IDEA like autosave

                  Autosave all files; like IntelliJ IDEA. There is not notion of saving or that of dirty files by placing an "*" in the tab. Anything you type is saved, always. Of course, have a buffer and persist when user is not blasting away on the keyboard. And VS makes sure to persist everything in this buffer when user closes solution.
                  Perhaps allow turning off the feature if user wants to save it manually.

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                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add "Copy Diff from Left to Right" button and vice versa

                    Add "Copy Diff from Left to Right" button and vice versa

                    VS 2015 is awesome. I really appreciate its speed and CodeLens and other things, but there is one I would like to ask you to improve: can you please add functionality like "copy diff from left to right" and vice versa to VS diff tool? I do not want to select piece of code, copypaste it and then remove the old one in the other file. I want one button which will be shown when I put cursor to a line of code and will do it for me…

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • In c++ projects link .h and .cpp files linked together in the tabs

                      In the bar with tabs there should be a way to link the .cpp and .h file together so they are next to each other. In that way you can always find the file easily in the tabs. See the attachment.

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                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Fix the alignment of new Find All References + Allow easy disable

                        The new Find References with color coding is nice but is very hard to just look at the window and find what you need because some code is one line and some is two lines.

                        I like to put the filename column on the left but then I noticed that the code is not aligned. See attached Image

                        The code fragment should be centered vertically.

                        Also preferably there should be a faint line between each item. it is a very hard window to work with.

                        There should also be a way to easily disable it with a button. That is…

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                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • toggle comment

                          I'd have short cut key to toggle code block comment out and uncomment out.
                          On default kyeboard map scheme, to comment out code block, we use Ctrl+K, Ctrl+C, to uncomment out, Ctrl+K, Ctrl+U.

                          I wanna use "Ctrl + /" to toggle comment code block,
                          like in Visual Code.

                          7 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add support for System.Data.SQLClient in UWP

                            There are many reasons one would want to connect to an "on prem" SQL Server from a UWP. We have several applications we cannot distribute through the Windows Store because this limitation exists.

                            UWP are able to connect to other databases such as SQLite or MySQL. Why not allow SQL Server as well?

                            Please add support for System.Data.SQLClient in UWP.

                            6 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Redirect std::cout or std::clog to Visual Studio Output window.

                              Have either std::cout or std::clog output to the Visual Studio debug window, so users don't have to write macros or global functions that sends copies of everything to std:: as well as OutputDebugString().

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                                1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • provide complete offline help option

                                The offline help in VS 2015 has not been updated in ages, and is not synchronized with the online help. Online help has poor usability and sometimes there isn't wifi around. I see in VS 2017 offline help is not even an option!

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                                  0 comments  ·  Developer Community  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add feature to "git remote prune" the repository

                                  It would be nice if there was an option in the VS UI Team Explorer to perform a "git remote prune" command to cleanup the origins.

                                  After a while branches are created and deleted but what you see in Visual Studio is not in sync with the origin. Almost all other git tools (SourceTree, Tower to name a few) provide this feature.

                                  20 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Give a download pause button when installing update update through online installer

                                    Please give that button to atleast pause the download if its take 6 hours to update from VS Community update 2 to update 3.
                                    First download everything and then install one by one. Is this so much to ask for. Have the microsoft guys lost some common sense as to how to build a update tool. No one has time to sit around and update VS for 6 to 12 hours. We have got a life to live to. So please think about it.

                                    18 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      In Visual Studio 2017, we optimized the build-to-build upgrade to inspect what’s on your machine and only download the specific components that have changed. Small updates can occur in a minute or two rather than hours.

                                      We don’t serialize download and install by default, because as you note everyone wants updates to be as fast as possible – and so we install updates as quickly as they come down the wire. If you want to create a download cache prior to installing, you can use the —layout command line switch with the installer.

                                      Thanks for your feedback – we do appreciate it!

                                      Yours, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

                                    • provide effective CLI tooling for running multiple .NET Core projects in Visual Studio

                                      Debugging .NET Core web applications that require multiple Kestrel instances is often difficult. For example, consider an Aurelia client application using data provided by a .NET Core Web API that is secured by ASP.NET Identity, authorization through IdentityServer4. This could use three separate Kestrel instances:

                                      1. Web API
                                      2. IdentityServer4
                                      3. Client

                                      Using command prompts gets unwieldy, as they are opened outside of Visual Studio and managed manually. It would be simpler to keep track of everything if Visual Studio offered some sort of tooling for opening multiple command prompts and managing them as windows attached to the IDE.

                                      5 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow color customization for structure guide lines

                                        I like the structure guide lines. But I'd like to use a more subtle color for the lines. However, "structure guide lines" or anything like it doesn't exist in the Fonts and Colors choices.

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                                          1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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