Rick Glos Life in Portland, Oregon.

Show output window during build in Visual Studio 2010

23. August 2010 08:07 by Rick Glos in

I was complaining to my co-worker the other day that my output window in Visual Studio 2010 was not showing during a build.  I usually hit Ctrl+Shift+B, and while I appreciate the minimalist UI, I like to see what it’s doing.  All I would see was the status bar text saying, “build started…” followed by, “build succeeded”, or in same cases, “build failed”.

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When I was watching my co-worker, the output window popped up showing a log of the progress.  I think this is the default but I don’t recall changing my configuration.  I do normally take the output window and unpin it so it stays out of the way and off my screen while I’m coding.  Perhaps the act of doing this flips the option.  I don’t know.  What I’m after is when compiling, slide the window up from the bottom and show a log of what is compiling.

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I poked around and found the option to turn this on or off and here it is for future reference.

Tools –> Options –> Projects and Solutions –> General –> Show Output window when build starts

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