How to: Create a New Windows Forms Application Project

The foundation of most solutions that involve Windows Forms is the Windows Forms Application project. Creating a project is easy within the integrated development environment (IDE).


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To create a Windows Forms Application project

  1. Start Visual Studio 2010. 

  2. On the File menu, point to New, and then select Project.

    The New Project dialog box appears.

  3. In the Installed Templates pane, expand Visual Basic or Visual C#, and then select Windows.

  4. Above the middle pane, select the target framework from the drop-down list.

  5. In the middle pane, select the Windows Forms Application template.


    The Windows Forms Application template in the .NET Framework 4 targets the Client Profile by default. For more information, see .NET Framework Client Profile.

  6. In the Name text box, specify a name for the project.

  7. In the Location text box, specify a folder to save the project.

  8. Click OK.

    The Windows Forms Designer opens and displays Form1 of the project.

    Visual Basic noteVisual Basic Note

    Every executable file 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


Windows Forms Overview

Other Resources

Arranging Controls on Windows Forms

Dialog Boxes in Windows Forms

Creating a New Windows Form