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How to: Find Community Components 

Custom code snippets, add-ins, and other components that run in Visual Studio can be created as community components and distributed for use by other developers. For more information, see Community Component Essentials.

You can find community components posted by other developers on the Internet, especially on Codezone Community and MSDN Online sites. Some examples:

Type of component URL

Starter Kits

Visual Studio Starter Kit site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=65171)

Code snippets

Visual Studio code snippet site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=65172)

To search for community components from within Visual Studio

  1. In Visual Studio, on the Community menu, click Community Search.

  2. Select a type of community component from the list.

    The Search page in Microsoft Document Explorer appears, with the correct type of community component selected in the Content Type filter.

  3. In the Search text box, enter a word or phrase to search for the community components of the type you chose.

  4. Click Search.

  5. Review the search results for the Codezone Community and MSDN Online sources.

    To learn more about a search result, click on its link. Information about how to download the community component should be included.


    Community components also might be available from other locations online. Use an Internet search engine to locate them.


It is highly recommended that you download community components from trusted sources only.

See Also

Community Additions

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