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Visual Studio
VS 2003+

Set the Visual Studio 2003 Start-Up Action

When you first begin using Visual Studio 2003, a start-up page is displayed when you launch the development environment. The start-up page is useful but other options are available for the start-up action including automatically opening the last project.

Visual Studio Configuration

The start-up action setting is configured using the standard Visual Studio 2003 options menu. To view the options dialog box, open the Tools menu and select Options from the list.

General Options

Once all of the settings are visible, you should already be able to see the General configuration items. If you cannot, expand the Environment branch of the tree and select the General option. The dialog box will be similar to that pictured below. You can now select the default start-up action from the circled drop-down list. Five options are available:

  • Show Start Page. The default setting is to display the Visual Studio start page.
  • Show last loaded solution. With this option selected, the last project you worked on is automatically reloaded at start-up to allow you to continue working from where you left off.
  • Show Open Project dialog box. The Open Project dialog box is displayed to allow selection of a project to load.
  • Show New Project dialog box. The New Project dialog box is displayed to allow selection of a type of project to create.
  • Show empty environment. If this option is chosen, Visual Studio launches with no dialog boxes or information displayed. You can then open a project or create a new one using the File menu.

Visual Studio 2003 Startup Options

10 July 2007