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Add or remove a reference

You can add a reference to any .NET Framework assembly, Microsoft Silverlight assembly, or compatible COM library DLL to a Blend for Visual Studio project. For example, you might do any of the following:

  1. On the Project menu, click Add Reference, if you want to add an assembly (.dll or .exe) to your project.

  2. In the Add Reference dialog box, browse to the location of the assembly or COM library that you want to add to the current project, select that item, and then click Open.

    The item is not added to your project, but a reference to it is added in the References node in the Projects panel.

  3. Build your project to incorporate the referenced item and to make any new controls available from the Assets panel 0d8b8d29-1af9-418f-8741-be3097d76eab.

    If the referenced item is updated externally, you will need to rebuild in Blend to pick up the changes.

  1. Add a new or existing project to your solution.

  2. On the Project menu, click Add Project Reference, and then select the name of your project from the list that appears.

  3. Build your project to incorporate the referenced project and to make any new controls available from the Assets panel 0d8b8d29-1af9-418f-8741-be3097d76eab.

    If the referenced item is updated externally, you will need to rebuild in Blend to pick up the changes.

  • In the References node in the Projects panel, right-click the reference that you want to remove, and then click Remove from Project.

    Note Note

    Using the Remove from Project option only removes the reference from the project; it does not delete the referenced item from your computer.

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