Creating an Empty Windows Desktop Application

To create an empty Windows desktop application

  1. From the File menu, select New > Project.

  2. In the left pane of the New Project dialog, click on Win32 and in the center pane, select Win32 Console Application.

  3. Enter a name for your new project, a path to the project directory, and then click OK.

  4. In the Win32 Application Wizard, click the Application Settings page. Select the Application type you want to create with your source code file, and then select the Empty Project check box under Additional options.

  5. Click OK.

The project appears in Solution Explorer with three directories to contain source files, header files, and resource files.

Next, you can add files to your empty Visual C++ project.