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How to: Add or Remove Extensions

Extensions let you add new capabilities to LightSwitch. You can find and download extensions directly from LightSwitch by using the Extension Manager. After the download finishes, the extensions appear in the Extensions tab of the Application Designer. You can enable or disable them as needed.

To download an extension

  1. On the Tools menu, choose Extensions and Updates.

    The Extensions and Updates dialog box opens, and a list of installed extensions is displayed.

  2. In the Extension Manager, choose and expand the Online Gallery node.

    A list of available extensions appears in the center pane.

  3. Choose the extension that you want to download and then choose the Download button.

    A Download and Install dialog box aopens.

  4. In the Download and Install dialog box, read the license agreement (if any). If you agree with the terms choose the Install button.

    The extension is installed and appears in the Installed Extensions node of Extension Manager group.

  5. Choose the Restart Now button to restart Visual Studio.

    Visual Studio closes and restarts. The extension is available but not yet enabled in the Application Designer.

To enable an extension

  1. In Solution Explorer, open the shortcut menu for the top-level project node and choose Properties.

    The Application Designer opens.

  2. In the Application Designer, choose the Extensions tab.

    The extension that you just installed is listed in the Extensions list.

  3. Select the check box to the left of the extension to enable it for use in the current project.

  4. To enable the extension for all future projects, select the Use in new projects check box.

To remove an extension

  1. In Solution Explorer, open the shortcut menu for the top-level project node and choose Properties.

    The Application Designer opens.

  2. In the Application Designer, choose the Extensions tab.

  3. Choose the extension that you want to remove.

  4. Uncheck the check box to the left of the extension.

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