Auto select the project on project load in Visual Studio

Peter Volz 1,295 Reputation points


When I double click on a VS project solution in Windows explorer and Visual Studio is loaded, if I directly click on Build menu, all items are disabled, so cannot build/rebuild.

I need to select the one of the project files in the right side (Solution Explorer) so those items (plus more) will be enabled.

Is there any way to force it auto select the loaded solution at startup?

Thanks :)

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  1. Tianyu Sun-MSFT 27,981 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hello @Peter Volz ,

    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A forum.

    Did you double click on a .sln file? I tested locally, but it seems that after VS was loaded, all the projects were loaded. Clicked Build and the items were all available(I could build/rebuild). The project which was set as startup project(right-click the project > Set as Startup Project) was correctly selected automatically.

    Are you using any extension, or did you set any special configuration in VS? Would you mind sharing us a gif picture with more details to check further?

    Best Regards,


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