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How to: Create Item Templates

This procedure enables you to create an item template using the Export Template wizard. For information on manually creating item templates, see How to: Manually Create Item Templates.


You cannot export templates for C++ projects.

To add a custom project item template to the Add New Item dialog box

  1. Create or open a project in Visual Studio.

  2. Add an item to the project and modify if necessary.

  3. Edit the code file to indicate where parameter replacement should take place.

  4. On the File menu, click Export Template.

  5. Click Item Template, select the project that contains the item, and click Next.

  6. Select the item for which you want to create a template, and click Next.

  7. Select the assembly references to include in the template, and click Next.

  8. Enter the icon file name, template name, and template description, and click Finish.

    The files for the template are added to a .zip file and copied to the ..\Users\<username>\Documents\Visual Studio 2008\Templates\ItemTemplates\ folder.

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