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Reference (Visual Studio)

This section includes user interface reference, language equivalents, and other reference documents that apply to the integrated development environment (IDE).

General User Interface Elements (Visual Studio)

Contains documents about dialog boxes and windows that are not described elsewhere in the table of contents.

Visual Studio Commands and Switches

Contains information about Visual Studio commands and devenv command-line switches.

Language Equivalents

Contains information about language equivalents, which summarize common programming concepts by using side-by-side code examples or tables.

Visual Studio XML Reference

Contains documents about various XML schemas available in Visual Studio.

XML Tools in Visual Studio

Contains documents about the XML tools in Visual Studio and provides links to more information.

Visual Studio for Applications Reference

Contains reference documentation for interfaces that you can use to integrate .NET Framework script engines into applications.


Contains documents about how to use the Microsoft build platform, which is integrated into Visual Studio.

Resources for Troubleshooting Integrated Development Environment Errors

Contains links to resources to help you resolve IDE error messages

Resources for Troubleshooting Project Errors

Contains links to resources to help you resolve project error messages.

Availability of Features in Visual Studio Versions

Contains information about feature support in the listed versions of Visual Studio.

Product Support and Accessibility

Contains information about how to locate customer support for Visual Studio, and also tips about how to change accessibility options.

Automation and Extensibility Reference

Contains language reference documents for the IDE automation model. Includes debugging.

Reference (Visual Basic)

Contains Visual Basic upgrading information and the Visual Basic language and run-time reference.

Visual C++ Reference

Contains language reference documentation.

JScript Reference

Contains documents about the JScript programming language. Includes properties, methods, objects, and functions, and other elements.

.NET Framework Reference Information (Visual Basic)

Contains documents about the .NET Framework class library, compiler and language reference, and also ASP.NET syntax, XSD reference, and other topics.

Application Development in Visual Studio

Find out about how to design, develop, debug, test, deploy, and manage applications created by using Visual Studio.