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How to: Modify Project Properties and Configuration Settings

You can view or modify properties associated with your projects in either the Properties window or the Project Property Pages dialog box. The project type determines where the property appears in Visual Studio.


The options available in dialog boxes, and the names and locations of menu commands you see, might differ from what is described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. This Help page was written with the General Development settings in mind. To view or change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Visual Studio Settings.

To view project properties

  1. In Solution Explorer, select a project.

  2. On the View menu, select Properties Window.

  3. In the Properties window, modify the properties you want to change.

If you want to modify properties that are specific to a project configuration, you need to open the Project Designer. These pages generally contain the properties that apply to the entire project and those that are specific to a selected configuration. For more information, see Introduction to the Project Designer.

To open the Project Designer

  1. In Solution Explorer, select a project.

  2. On the Project menu, choose Properties.

    The Project Designer opens.