how to create an executable in visual studio

Hi Guys,

How do I create an executable for a visual studio windows application?

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DjDezmondConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Well, if your asking what I think your asking, you need to goto "Build" and then "Build Project".

It will then be in the "Project Folder\Bin\Release" folder

If you just debug the application (IE, click play and use it that way), then the compiled EXE is in the:

"Project Folder\Bin\Debug" folder

Hope thats what your after
It will create under Bin folder of your application folder after compiling sucessfully.

Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
You need to use the Build solution from the Build menu.
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you really need to use better programming practice and create another project by selecting deployment project and creating an installer application.
DimandjaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
From Visual Studio, select Build>Build Application.  The executable will be found in the Bin directory of the solution.

From outside VS, run VBC.EXE. It comes with VS.
DEEPESHConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Simple goto build menu and select build solution.
If you have slected Debug mode in configuration combo box then exe will be in debug-- bin folder and if you hace selected Release mode then resulted exe will be in release--bin folder
dchau12Author Commented:
where is the configuration combo box?
riyazthadConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Press Ctrl+Shift+B shortcut for above.

dchau12Author Commented:
ahh... ok I got it.  I thought the configuration combo box was some sort of setting I had to configure.  Thanks a lot guys.  I really appreciate it.

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