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June 30, 2010

How to determine the project type of an existing Visual Studio project?

Filed under: Visual Studio — J. Abram barneck @ 1:50 pm

Ok, so I have an existing C++ Visual Studio project (at my new position here as a Developer at LANDesk) and who knows who created it or when it was created.  Anyway, I wanted to start a new project and use the same project type.

So how do I find out the project type.

In Visual Studio, I opened the ProjectName.vcproj file and found this information near the top:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="Windows-1252"?>
<VisualStudioProject
	ProjectType="Visual C++"
	Version="9.00"
	Name="MSICheckForPatch"
	ProjectGUID="{0793FB88-8BED-4297-8615-9408EA2FBE74}"
	Keyword="AtlProj"
	TargetFrameworkVersion="196613"
	>
	<Platforms>
		<Platform
			Name="Win32"
		/>
	</Platforms>
	...

So I noticed the Keyword was AtlProj, so that clued me in.

Looks like it was as easy as opening a text file and looking.

If there is a better or easier way, please comment and let me know.

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