How to: Set VSIX Package Properties

By setting the properties of a VSIX package, you can determine what information appears for a Visual Studio LightSwitch extension on the Extensions tab of the application designer and in the Extensions Manager. You can set these properties by using the VSIX Manifest Designer to modify the source.extension.vsix manifest file in the .Vsix project for an extension. For a list of applicable properties and where they appear, see VSIX Package Properties for LightSwitch Extensions.

NoteNote

You should always edit at least the Product Name and Description package properties for an extension. By default, the Product Name is your solution name, and the description is “SolutionName description.”

To set VSIX properties

  1. In Solution Explorer, open the source.extension.vsix manifest file in the .Vsix project.

  2. In the VSIX Manifest Designer, set the Product Name, Author, Version, and Description properties to values that are appropriate for your extension.

  3. In the Locale list, click an option.

  4. Click the ellipsis (…) buttons next to the License Terms, Icon, and Preview Image properties, and then locate the files that you want to use.

  5. In the text boxes for the More Info URL and Getting Started Guide properties, specify URLs to the appropriate resources.

    Caution noteCaution

    You should never change the Supported VS Editions or Supported Framework Runtime properties. If you change these properties, your extension might not work in LightSwitch.

  6. On the command bar, choose File, Save source.extension.vsix to save your changes.

    You can debug your application in an experimental instance of Visual Studio to view your changes on the Extensions tab of the application designer and in the Extensions Manager.

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