Did you know… How to create temporary projects (Zero-impact Projects)

We have this new feature in Whidbey called Zero-Impact Projects.  It allows you to create projects without saving anything on disk.  I used this all the time as a QA folk, because we’re constantly creating and discarding projects when doing our testing.

To enable/disable Zero-Impact Projects (ZIPs), go to Tools – Options – Project and Solutions – General.  You’ll see the option “Save new projects when created.”

This option does not apply to VC projects.

Happy Visual Studio’ing!

Comments (7)

  1. Vurg says:

    That’s neat. I remember reading about this a year ago and I almost forgot about it. Very cool feature indeed.

  2. Ricky Dhatt says:

    New? ITYM "Restored a feature from VB6." 🙂

  3. saraford says:

    Yeah, it’s a new feature for whidbey that wasn’t in either VS 7 or 7.1


  4. Matt Rolak says:

    And as pointed out above it was ‘created’ as a feature in Whidbey largely because it was a feature in VS 6 which people wanted back again 🙂

  5. Norman Diamond says:

    Actually VC++ programmers want it too. Since modern VC++ can copy other stuff from VB6 (such as the Declare statement where the caller’s source code has to name the DLL where the called function is located, and a roundabout way of getting the last error code that a Windows API returned), why can’t it copy this from VB6 too?

  6. Maciej Rutkowski says:

    I really miss such functionality in VC since I often have a single cpp source file I’d like to simply compile and run without creating a dedicated project.

  7. gene levert says:


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