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Framework and References, Common Properties, <Projectname> Property Pages Dialog Box

Use this property page dialog box to set up C++ projects with references to .NET Framework assemblies, COM components, or external projects.

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This property page dialog box is available only for CLR projects.

To open this property page dialog box, select References on the Project menu or on the project shortcut menu in Solution Explorer. Alternatively, you can open the property pages for your project, expand the Common Properties node, and then select References.

How to: Open Project Property Pages

Applications created by using Visual Studio 2008 can specify which version of the .NET Framework they should target. By default, the targeted framework is set to .NET Framework 3.5 for new projects. If your project must be able to run on computers that do not have .NET Framework 3.5 installed, select either .NET Framework 3.0 or .NET Framework 2.0. The targeted framework will use .NET Framework 2.0 for projects that were created by using an earlier version of Visual Studio.

The References pane displays a list of all the components that your project currently references, such as .NET Framework assemblies, COM components, and external projects.

Add New Reference

Opens the Add Reference dialog box. For more information, see Add Reference Dialog Box.

Remove Reference

Deletes the reference to the assembly that is selected in the References list.

ActiveX Reference Properties

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ActiveX reference properties are available only for references to COM components. These properties are displayed only when a COM component is selected in the References pane. These properties are not modifiable.

Control Full Path

The full path of the referenced control.

Control GUID

The GUID for the ActiveX control.

Control Version

The version of the referenced ActiveX control.

Type Library Name

The name of the referenced type library.

Wrapper Tool

The tool that is used to build the interop assembly from the referenced COM library or ActiveX control.

Assembly Reference Properties

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Assembly reference properties are available only for references to .NET Framework assemblies. These properties are displayed only when a .NET Framework assembly is selected in the References pane. These properties are not modifiable.

Minimal Framework version

Displays the minimal version of the .NET Framework that the project must target in order to reference the assembly. For more information, see the section Targeted Framework earlier in this topic.

Relative Path

The relative path from the project directory to the referenced assembly.

Build Properties

The following properties enable you to specify how to build with references.

Copy Local

Specifies whether to automatically copy the referenced assembly to the target location during a build.

Copy Local Dependencies

Specifies whether to automatically copy the referenced assembly's non-system dependencies to the target location during a build. Only used if Copy Local is true.

Copy Local Satellite Assemblies

Specifies whether to automatically copy the referenced assembly's satellite assemblies to the target location during a build. Only used if Copy Local is true.

Use Dependencies In Build

Specifies that the dependencies of this assembly are used in the build process. If true, this assembly's dependencies will be used on the compiler's command line during the build.

Use In Build

Specifies that this assembly is used in the build process. If true, the assembly will be used on the compiler's command line during the build.

Reference Properties

The following properties are not modifiable.

Assembly Name

Indicates the assembly name for the referenced assembly.

Culture

Indicates the culture of the selected reference.

Description

Displays the description of the selected reference.

Full Path

Indicates the directory path of the referenced assembly.

Identity

Indicates the full path for the .NET Framework assemblies. Indicates the GUID for COM components.

Label

Indicates the label of the reference.

Name

Indicates the name of the reference.

Public Key Token

Indicates the public key token that is used to identify the referenced assembly.

Strong Name

true if the referenced assembly has a strong name. A strong named assembly is uniquely versioned.

Version

Indicates the version of the referenced assembly.

The Additional reference search paths pane displays a list of additional paths to search when the compiler resolves assembly references.

Add Path

Opens the Add Reference Search Path dialog box, in which you can add search paths. For more information, see Add Reference Search Path Dialog Box.

Remove Path

Removes the selected search path from the list of reference search paths.

Move Up

Moves the selected search path up in the list.

Move Down

Moves the selected search path down in the list.

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