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Introduction to the Visual Basic Express IDE

Visual Studio 2008

The Visual Basic Express integrated development environment (IDE) makes it easy for you to create programs for Microsoft Windows. The IDE contains several tools that help you design your applications and write, edit, and debug your application code. The following links will help you to familiarize yourself with the Visual Basic Express IDE. 

Exploring Your Solution: Using Solution Explorer

Explains how to use Solution Explorer to manage your project files.

Rummaging Through the Toolbox

Explains how to find controls in the Toolbox and add them to an application.

Setting Properties: Using the Properties Window

Explains how to set the properties of controls in a Windows Forms application.

Smart Coding: Using IntelliSense to Help You Write Code

Explains how IntelliSense can make your coding tasks easier.

Keyboard Shortcuts: Navigating the IDE by Using the Keyboard

Lists the most common keyboard shortcuts that can help you to quickly perform tasks in the Integrated Development Environment (IDE).