Managing Project and Solution Properties

Projects have properties that govern many aspects of compilation, debugging, testing and deploying. Some properties are common among all project types, and some are unique to specific languages or platforms. You access project properties by right-clicking the project node in Solution Explorer and choosing Properties, or by typing properties into the QuickLaunch search box in the menu bar.

Project context menu

.NET projects might also have a properties node in the project tree itself.

Properties node in Solution Explorer tree


Solutions have a few properties, and so do project items; these properties are accessed in the Properties Window, not Project Designer.

Project Properties

Project Properties are organized into groups and each group has its own property page, and the pages might be different for different languages and project types.

C#, Visual Basic and F# projects

In C#, Visual Basic and F# projects, properties are exposed in the Project Designer. The following illustration shows the Build property page for a WPF project in C#:

Visual Studio Project Designer

For information about each of the property pages in Project Designer, see Project Properties Reference.

C++ and JavaScript projects

C++ and JavaScript projects have a different user interface for managing project properties. This illustration shows a C++ project property page (JavaScript pages are similar):

Visual C++ project properties

For information about C++ project properties, see Working with Project Properties. For more information about JavaScript properties, see Property Pages, JavaScript.

Solution Properties

To access properties on the solution, right click the solution node in Solution Explorer and choose Properties. In the dialog, you can set project configurations for Debug or Release builds, choose which projects should be the startup project when F5 is pressed, and set code analysis options.

See Also

Solutions and Projects in Visual Studio