/INCLUDE (Force Symbol References)


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## Remarks  
 Specifies a symbol to be added to the symbol table.  
## Remarks  
 The /INCLUDE option tells the linker to add a specified symbol to the symbol table.  
 To specify multiple symbols, type a comma (,), a semicolon (;), or a space between the symbol names. On the command line, specify /INCLUDE:`symbol` once for each symbol.  
 The linker resolves `symbol` by adding the object that contains the symbol definition to the program. This feature is useful for including a library object that otherwise would not be linked to the program.  
 Specifying a symbol with this option overrides the removal of that symbol by [/OPT:REF](../Topic/-OPT%20\(Optimizations\).md).  
### To set this linker option in the Visual Studio development environment  
1.  Open the project's **Property Pages** dialog box. For details, see [Setting Visual C++ Project Properties](../Topic/Working%20with%20Project%20Properties.md).  
2.  Click the **Linker** folder.  
3.  Click the **Input** property page.  
4.  Modify the **Force Symbol References** property.  
### To set this linker option programmatically  
-   See [ForceSymbolReferences](assetId:///P:Microsoft.VisualStudio.VCProjectEngine.VCLinkerTool.ForceSymbolReferences?qualifyHint=False&autoUpgrade=True).  
## See Also  
 [Setting Linker Options](../Topic/Setting%20Linker%20Options.md)   
 [Linker Options](../Topic/Linker%20Options.md)