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VC++ Project Settings, Projects and Solutions, Options Dialog Box

This dialog box lets you define Visual C++ project settings related to build logging and supporting file types.

To access this dialog box

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.

  2. Select Projects and Solutions, and then select VC++ Project Settings.

Specifies the list of directories that contain .rules files, which help you define build rules for your projects. For more information, see Rule Files.


Turns on generation of the build log file. This option generates BuildLog.htm, which can be found in the project's intermediate files directory. Every fresh build overwrites the previous BuildLog.htm file.


Turns off generation of the build log file.


Turns on build timing. If selected, the time it takes for the build to complete is posted to the Output window. For more information, see Output Window.


Turns off build timing.

Specifies the file name extensions of files that will not be displayed in Solution Explorer when Show All Files is enabled. For more information, see Using Solution Explorer.

Specifies the file name extensions of files that can be ported into your project.

Specifies the maximum number of CPU cores to use for parallel C++ compilation.


Lists environment variables in the build log file. This option specifies to echo all environment variables, during builds of Visual C++ projects, into the build log file.


Exclude environment variables from the build log file.

Show only files in project

Configures Solution Explorer to only display files in the project.

Show all files

Configures Solution Explorer to show files in the project and files on disk in the project folder.