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Reference (Visual Studio)

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

General User Interface Elements (Visual Studio)

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

How Do I in General Development

Contains links to procedures that explain how to perform some development tasks using Visual Studio.

Visual Studio Help Reference

Contains topics that describe the best ways to access Help, and also explains some of the formatting and graphics used in Help topics.

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 topics about various XML schemas available in Visual Studio.


Contains topics about how to use the new Microsoft build platform that is integrated into Visual Studio.

Visual Studio Error Messages

Contains information about some of the error messages in Visual Studio.

Product Support and Accessibility

Contains information about how to locate customer support for Visual Studio, and also tips for increasing the accessibility of Visual Studio.

Automation and Extensibility Reference

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

.NET Framework Reference Information

Contains topics 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 designing, developing, debugging, testing, deploying, and managing applications created by using Visual Studio.