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Start Page 

The Start Page provides an easy way to access or create projects, learn about upcoming product releases and conferences, or read the latest development articles. To access the Start Page, on the View menu, point to Other Windows and then click Start Page.


The options available in dialog boxes, and the names and locations of menu commands you see, might differ from what is described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Visual Studio Settings.

Item Description

Recent Projects

Displays a list of recently updated projects, lets you create new projects, and lets you open existing projects.

Getting Started

Displays a list of Help topics, Web sites, technical articles, and other sources designed to increase your productivity and highlight features found in the product. The topic list changes depending on the settings you have applied. For more information, see Working with Settings.

<product> Headlines

Displays links to product and event information from Microsoft.


Displays a list of articles from the RSS feed specified by the settings you have applied. For more information, see Startup, Environment, Options Dialog Box. For a list of available MSDN RSS feeds, see RSS Feeds on the MSDN Web site.


If you connect to the Internet through a proxy server that requires that you be authenticated, a message might appear in the <news> section requesting you to enter your user name and password. Once you have entered this information, you will be able to view the articles available through your selected RSS feed.

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