Hi @Max Cooley ,
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What kind of project are you using? Are you using a project which is not supported to be published?
publish option is hidden by accident maybe, you can go to Extensions > Customize Menu… > Commands > select
Menu bar: and choose
Build in drop-down list, and then click
Reset All. (Another method, reset all VS settings)
Besides, if you right-click on your project will you see the
Publish… option in the context list? If you can see that option, click it and it will do the same operation(publish).
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