In functioning as a container, the project manages settings that allow you to control properties that apply to the entire project as well as properties that are limited to certain build configurations of the project. For more information, see Project Properties (Visual Studio).
Properties for the Entire Project
Some properties apply to the entire project. Other properties are applied depending on whether or not you specified customized builds for specific configurations, for example, Debug/Win32 and Release/Win32. For more information, see Building in Visual Studio.
The following properties are examples of properties that apply to all of a project's configurations. You can find and modify these properties in the Project Designer.
Properties for Specific Build Configurations
Configuration Settings are those properties that apply exclusively to a specific configuration (for example, Release/Win32) selected for a project. Examples include:
Output path or directory
Generate symbolic debugging information