Organizing Your Custom Project Templates


Versions:  2008,2010
Published:  11/8/2010
Code:  vstipProj0019

 

In vstipProj0004 (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/02/22/roll-your-own-project-or-item-with-the-export-template-wizard-vstipproj0004.aspx) I showed you how to create custom project templates.  What I didn't show you was how to organize them.  It's actually pretty easy.  Once you have created your template go to C:\Users\<user>\Documents\Visual Studio <version>\Templates\ProjectTemplates.  In my case, I'm going to "C:\Users\zainnab\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Templates\ProjectTemplates":

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Notice I created a custom Console application for this example with the very cool name of ConsoleApplication1.  By default custom project templates don't show up in the project folders:

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But if we create a new folder in our directory that matches where we want our template to show up then they will go in these areas.  So go back to your C:\Users\<user>\Documents\Visual Studio <version>\Templates\ProjectTemplates directory and let's create a new folder called "Windows" to match the area we want our new Console template to go into:

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Move your template into the new folder.  In this case I will move ConsoleApplication1.zip into the Windows folder:

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That's it!  The next time you open up the New Project dialog (CTRL + SHIFT + N) it will show the project template in the proper area:

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