How to: Use a Starter Kit to Create a New Project

You can search online for custom project templates, called Starter Kits, to use in Visual Studio.

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Creating a project from a Starter Kit includes the following steps:

  1. Locating the Starter Kit.

  2. Installing the Starter Kit so that it appears in the New Project dialog box in Visual Studio.

  3. Creating a project based on the Starter Kit from the New Project dialog box.

You can search for online Starter Kits by keyword. Once you have located the Starter Kit you intend to use, you can read additional information about the Starter Kit and decide whether or not to download it.

To search for a Starter Kit online

  1. On the File menu, choose New and then choose Project.

  2. In the My Templates list, select Search Online Templates and then click OK.

    The Search page of Help appears, with the Templates & Starter Kits option selected for the Content Type filter.

  3. In the text box, enter a keyword or name for the Starter Kit you are searching for and then click Search.

    Matches are grouped by source and are displayed in the Search Results area.

  4. Click a result to display additional information about the starter kit.

Once you have downloaded a Starter Kit, you must install it so that it appears in the New Project dialog box.

To install Starter Kits downloaded from the web

  1. On the web page for the Starter Kit, click the link to download it.

  2. Click Open to download and install the Starter Kit at the same time.

    Security note Security Note

    It is highly recommended that you read the information in Publisher Status to determine whether the control is signed. For further security, click Review to display a list of the files that will be installed on your computer.

  3. Follow the prompts to install the starter kit.

After you've installed a Starter Kit, you can easily use it as a template to create a project within Visual Studio.

Security note Security Note

Before you use a downloaded Starter Kit, determine the trustworthiness of the code outside of Visual Studio. Creating projects in Visual Studio automatically executes code from that project on your local machine in the trusted process of devenv.exe.

To create a project from an online template

  1. On the File menu, choose New and then choose Project.

  2. In the Templates list, select the Starter Kit you downloaded from My Templates.

  3. Click OK.