How to: Create a New WPF Application Project

Most solutions that involve Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) use the WPF Application project. Creating a new project is easy using the Visual Studio IDE.


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To create a new WPF Application project

  1. Start a version of Visual Studio that supports WPF development, such as Visual Studio 2008. 

  2. On the File menu, point to New, and then select Project. The New Project dialog box appears.

  3. In the Project Types pane, choose the programming language you want to use.

  4. In the Templates pane, choose WPF Application for Visual Basic or Visual C# projects. More information about the selected template is displayed below the Project Types and Templates panes.


    If you do not see the WPF Application template, make sure that you are targeting a version of the .NET Framework that supports WPF. In the upper-right corner of the New Project dialog box, select .NET Framework 3.5 or later from the drop-down list.

  5. In the Name text box, name the project something unique to indicate the application's purpose.

  6. In the Location text box, enter the directory in which you want to save your project, or click the Browse button to navigate to it.

  7. Click OK. The Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Designer for Visual Studio opens, showing Window1 of the project you created.

    Visual Basic noteVisual Basic Note:

    Every executable file that you create with Visual Basic 2005 contains a namespace with the same name as your project. For more information, see Namespaces in Visual Basic.

See Also


How to: Create a WPF UserControl Library Project

Creating a Drawing Application by Using WPF

How to: Create a C# WPF Application

Creating a Drawing Application by Using WPF

How to: Create a New WPF Browser Application Project

Other Resources

WPF Designer

Working with Controls in the WPF Designer