Questions tagged [visual-studio]

Use this tag if you have a specific question about Visual Studio features and functionality. DO NOT use this tag on questions regarding code which merely happened to be written in Visual Studio. Consider tagging the exact technology area your question links to and also tagging a more specific version of Visual Studio. Please mention your exact VS version, edition, and update level in your question. DO NOT use this tag on questions regarding VS Code.

Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) offered by Microsoft used to develop computer programs for Microsoft Windows, as well as web sites, web applications and web services.

Microsoft Visual Studio History

Prior to Visual Studio Version 4.0, there were Visual Basic 3, Visual C++, Visual FoxPro and Visual SourceSafe as separate products.

Below is the list of the products along with their release date. Note: the actual version numbers for the products are sometimes confused with the last two digits of the 'year' field of the name; these version numbers are shown as "V-nn.x.y.z," where the given "nn" value is the major version number, and 'x', 'y' and 'z' would be the minor version, build and revision numbers, respectively.

The current stable release is Visual Studio 2022 - for questions regarding this specific version use .

Visual Studio Editions

  • Professional includes end-to-end solution to meet demanding quality and scale needs of teams of all sizes
  • Enterprise featuring professional developer tools, services, and subscription benefits for small teams
  • Community is a free, fully-featured IDE for students, open-source and individual developers

See the products page on the Microsoft site for the full list of Visual Studio products and download links. Microsoft also publishes a comparison table where major differences between editions can be seen at a glance to help you decide which edition fits your needs the most.

Using This Tag

You should ask questions about Visual Studio here on Stack Overflow, but if you have bugs to report, report them at Developer community instead.

Consider tagging the exact technology area your question links to and also tagging a more specific version of Visual Studio (see above). Please mention your exact Visual Studio version, edition, and update level in your question.

Do not use this tag on questions just because the code was written in Visual Studio. For example, a question about parsing a date/time string in .NET with C# should not ordinarily be tagged .

More Information

Visual Studio Extensions (.vsix)

You can read about Visual Studio extensions here and see the available Extensions for the Visual Studio family of products.

Developer Community

Developer Community is a website where you can read about the Visual Studio release history. Also see all the reported bugs and find solutions for them. You can help the Visual Studio team and vote on the the issues (which you also have) and they can prioritise the problems and ship fixes to the most demanded ones. Also you can report a problem.

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What are the correct version numbers for C#?

What are the correct version numbers for C#? What came out when? Why can't I find any answers about C# 3.5? This question is primarily to aid those who are searching for an answer using an incorrect version number, e.g. C# 3.5. The hope is that…
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Command to collapse all sections of code?

In Visual Studio, is there a command to collapse/expand all the sections of code in a file?
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Using Git with Visual Studio

As a long-time Visual SourceSafe user (and hater) I was discussing switching to SVN with a colleague; he suggested using Git instead. Since, apparently, it can be used as peer-to-peer without a central server (we are a 3-developer team). I have not…
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Difference between Build Solution, Rebuild Solution, and Clean Solution in Visual Studio?

What is the difference between Build Solution, Rebuild Solution, and Clean Solution in Visual Studio? When is the appropriate time to use each one of these?
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.gitignore for Visual Studio Projects and Solutions

Which files should I include in .gitignore when using Git in conjunction with Visual Studio Solutions (.sln) and Projects?
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Could not find a part of the path ... bin\roslyn\csc.exe

I am trying to run an ASP.NET MVC (model-view-controller) project retrieved from TFS (Team Foundation Server) source control. I have added all assembly references and I am able to build and compile successfully without any error or warning. But I…
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How do you auto format code in Visual Studio?

I know Visual Studio can auto format to make my methods and loops indented properly, but I cannot find the setting.
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Error message "No exports were found that match the constraint contract name"

This morning I faced a problem while opening my Visual Studio solution, and when I tried to run it, it said: No exports were found that match the constraint contract name How can I fix this problem?
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Can you force Visual Studio to always run as an Administrator in Windows 8?

In Windows 7, you could go into a programs compatibility settings and check off to always run as an Administrator. Is there a similar option in Windows 8? I've always disabled UAC on my machines, and did the same after my Windows 8 upgrade, or so I…
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How do you count the lines of code in a Visual Studio solution?

Is it possible to find the number of lines of code in an entire solution? I've heard of MZ-Tools, but is there an open source equivalent?
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How do I add an existing directory tree to a project in Visual Studio?

The issue is simple really. Instead of creating folders in Visual Studio, I create a directory structure for my project on the file system. How do I include all the folders and files in a project, keeping the structure? If I "Add Existing File" on a…
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Should I add the Visual Studio .suo and .user files to source control?

Visual Studio solutions contain two types of hidden user files. One is the solution .suo file which is a binary file. The other is the project .user file which is a text file. Exactly what data do these files contain? I've also been wondering…
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What are the various "Build action" settings in Visual Studio project properties and what do they do?

For the most part, you just take whatever Visual Studio sets it for you as a default... I'm referring to the BuildAction property for each file selected in Solution Explorer. There are a number of options and it's difficult to know what each one of…
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ASP.NET Web Site or ASP.NET Web Application?

When I start a new ASP.NET project in Visual Studio, I can create an ASP.NET Web Application or I can create an ASP.NET Web Site. What is the difference between ASP.NET Web Application and ASP.NET Web Site? Why would I choose one over other? Is the…
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What are the differences between Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio?

Microsoft recently released Visual Studio Code and I am a little confused about its usage, since Visual Studio has lot of functional similarities with it.
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