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Visual Studio Reference

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.

Devenv Command Line Switches

Lists devenv command line switches.

Visual Studio Commands

Explains how to use Visual Studio commands from the Commands window.

Keyboard Shortcuts in Visual Studio

Lists the keyboard shortcuts used in Visual Studio.

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

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.

C++ Language and Standard Libraries

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.