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Visual C++ Custom Build Rule Files Dialog Box 

This dialog box enables you to add, modify, or search for Rule Files, which contain custom build rules for your C++ projects.

To access this dialog box, right-click the project node in Solution Explorer to bring up the project context menu, and then select the Custom Build Rules menu item.

Available Rule Files

Displays the list of available rule files. In the Name column, check the rule files that you want to add to your project.


Use the VC++ Project Settings, Projects and Solutions, Options Dialog Box to modify the Rule File Search Paths option.

New Rule File

Opens the New Rule File Dialog Box.

Modify Rule File

Opens a dialog box similar to the New Rule File dialog box.

Find Existing

Enables you to search for .rules files.

Refresh List

Refreshes the list of available .rules files.

Contained Custom Build Rules

Displays the custom build rules contained in the rule file that is selected in the Available Rule Files list.

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