Navigating Visual Studio 2013 IDE

Starting page of Visual Studio 2013 IDE

Default Interface of Visual Studio 2013

Explore the Visual Studio 2013 IDE (Integrated Development Environment) as much as possible to get familiar with the features and options available with the help others. It’s super easy and very user friendly to develop fully functional applications using visual studio IDE

Components to Explore

  • Menu Bar
  • Toolbox
  • Start Pane
  • Recent Page
  • Solution Explorer

Creating a new project in Visual Studio 2013 IDE

To create a new project go to File –> New –> Project

When you click the File –> New –> Project, you will get new project dialog box as shown below

Interface to Create a New Project

No. 1 –> This pane presents the templates available within Visual Studio 2013. Here we need to select visual C# as it’s the language that we are going to write programme. If it’s not there as in the image, locate it from Other Languages node

No. 2 –> Templates available within the selected language. Please note that we will be using Windows Forms Application project in order to render Windows Forms Graphical User Interface (GUI)

No. 3 –> .Net Framework version that we are going to use. Let’s use 4.0 for our purpose. Please observe when we change to different .Net Framework versions the available templates (No. 2) also changing.

No. 4 –>  Name: The name of the project being created

               Location: The location where we store our Project

               Solution Name: The container (Folder) in which the Project is Created

After doing the required settings, click OK. Once you click OK, you will get a development interface as below

Now click on the Toolbox marked above and Make it Visible without auto hiding using the icon below

Now your development environment would look like below. Though we can set the development environment as we desire, the below is a handy view to handle all the panes that we will be using.

Toolbox (Left Pane) à The Toolbox displays icons for controls and other items that you can add to Visual Studio projects. To open the Toolbox, click Toolbox on the View menu. You can dock the Toolbox, and you can pin it open or set it to Auto Hide. Toolbox icons can be dragged to a design view or pasted in a code editor.

Solution Explorer (Top Right Pane) à Solution Explorer provides you with an organized view of your projects and their files as well as ready access to the commands that pertain to them. A toolbar associated with this window offers commonly used commands for the item you highlight in the list. To access Solution Explorer, select Solution Explorer on the View menu.

Properties (Bottom Right Pane) à The Properties window enables you to view and change the design-time properties and events of selected objects that are located in editors and designers within Visual Studio. You can also use the Properties window to modify and view file, project, and solution properties. The Properties window is available on the View menu.

  • Explore these options to get familiarize with these handy tools to develop some handy software applications

Get started with developing your applications by trying to create a small calculator with basic arithmetic operators.

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