Solution Platform drop-down list isn't visible after you install Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

This article helps you resolve a problem where you can't see the default Solution Platform drop-down list in Microsoft Visual Studio 2013.

Original product version:   Visual Studio 2013
Original KB number:   2954109

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:

  • You have Visual Studio 2013 installed on the computer.
  • You select a profile in Visual Studio, and then you install Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. Or, you don't install Visual Studio 2013 Update 2.

In this scenario, by default, the Solution Platform drop-down list in Visual Studio isn't visible.

By default, the Solution Platform drop-down list is visible as a feature improvement in Description of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 (refer to the following screenshot).

describes difference before and after VS 2013 update

Workaround 1: Install Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 if you don't

If you didn't select a profile, nor have you installed Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, you should install Description of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 to resolve this issue.

Otherwise, you can try one of the following methods:

Workaround 2: Customize the profile to add the Solution Platform

  1. Open Visual Studio 2013.

  2. Click Standard Toolbar Options (The screenshot for step 2, 3 and 4 is under the step 4).

  3. Click Add or Remove Buttons.

  4. Select Solution Platforms.

    how to add or remove solution platforms

Workaround 3: Reset the profile

Note

This method will discard any other customization to your IDE.

  1. Open Visual Studio 2013.
  2. Click Tools, and then select Import and Export Settings.
  3. SelectReset all settings.
  4. Select a location to back up your settings.
  5. Select a profile.
  6. Click OK.