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How to: Send Feedback About Visual Studio

You can send feedback about Visual Studio to Microsoft in the following ways:

You can provide feedback quickly and easily by sending a smile or a frown, in which you simply identify a feature or behavior and describe why it pleased or annoyed you.

To send a smile or a frown

  1. Near the right side of the title bar, choose the speech-bubble icon (Icon to open the Send-a-Smile/Frown Dialog Box), and then choose either Send a Smile or Send a Frown.

    Menu options for Send a Smile/Frown and Report Bug

    You can open the same menu from the menu bar by choosing Help, Feedback.

  2. In the text box, tell us what you liked or didn't like.

  3. If a screenshot of your desktop would help convey your message, leave the Include screenshot check box selected. Otherwise, clear it.

  4. If you want to include your address, select the Include email address check box, and then specify your address.

  5. Choose the Send a Smile or Send a Frown button.

If you have a Microsoft account, you can report a potential bug by using the Microsoft Connect website or the Visual Studio Feedback Tool, which has a wizard interface. The website prompts you to provide several kinds of feedback, such as information about the version of Visual Studio and the operating system that you're running, steps to reproduce the bug, and expected and actual behavior. As an alternative, you can report the same kinds of information in the wizard, as How to file a good bug using Visual Studio Feedback Extension describes.

To report a potential bug on the Connect website

  1. Choose the Microsoft Connect link or, near the right side of the title bar, choose the speech-bubble icon (Icon to open the Send-a-Smile/Frown Dialog Box), and then choose Report a Bug.

    Menu options for Send a Smile/Frown and Report Bug

    You can open the same menu from the menu bar by choosing Help, Feedback.

    If you choose the link, the website opens in a browser. If you choose a menu option, the website opens in a new tab in Visual Studio.

  2. Choose the Submit Bug button, and then follow the directions.

To report a potential bug in a wizard

  1. Download the Visual Studio Feedback Tool, follow the instructions for installing it, and then restart Visual Studio.

  2. Start the wizard by choosing its icon in the notification area or, near the right side of the title bar, choosing the speech-bubble icon (Icon to open the Send-a-Smile/Frown Dialog Box) and then choosing Report a Bug.

    Menu options for Send a Smile/Frown and Report Bug

    You can open the same menu from the menu bar by choosing Help, Feedback.

By using Visual Studio UserVoice, you can suggest a feature or enhancement, request a code sample or additional help content, and vote on suggestions from other users.

To suggest a change and vote on other suggestions

If you participate in the Visual Studio Experience Improvement program, Microsoft tracks anonymous information about how you use Visual Studio and uses this information to improve the next version of the product. To participate, you must run Visual Studio with administrative permissions. You are prompted to participate the first few times that you use Visual Studio, but you can participate at any time by completing the following steps.

Important note Important

Contact your system administrator if Group Policy settings block your participation and you have additional questions.

To send usage information

  1. Open Visual Studio as an administrator and then, on the menu bar, choose Help, Customer Feedback Options.

    Help menu: Customer Feedback Options
  2. In the Visual Studio Experience Improvement Program dialog box, choose the Yes, I am willing to participate option button, and then choose the OK button.

    Send Usage Data dialog box

    You can stop sending usage information at any time by following the same steps but choosing the No, I would not like to participate option button.

If you want to give feedback about a particular topic on MSDN, you can rate the topic and make a comment by choosing the Rate this topic link just below the topic title. If you want to start or contribute to a discussion of MSDN, TechNet, or the Expression Library, you can post in the forum that's dedicated to those discussions.

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