Extending Other Parts of Visual Studio


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There are many more parts of the Visual Studio UI that you can extend. Here we show you just a few.

The basic building blocks of Visual Studio Extensibility are VSPackages. Learn how to add a VSPackage: Creating an Extension with a VSPackage

Learn how to add new controls and other items to the Toolbox and how to use Toolbox functionality:

Learn how to read and write to the status bar and the progress bar, and how to provide animations and other UI: Extending the Status Bar.

Learn how to make your own start page, either from scratch or from a downloadable start page sample: Creating a Custom Start Page.

Learn how to write to the Activity Log: How to: Use the Activity Log.