Linker option not available when trying to add addional libraries in visual studio 2019

Robert Scott 1 Reputation point

I'm trying to reference additional libraries in visual studio 2019 but when i right click on the project and go to properties the linker option is not there. Is there something that i didnt install properly when setting up visual studio? What am I missing? Thank you in advance.


A high-level, general-purpose programming language, created as an extension of the C programming language, that has object-oriented, generic, and functional features in addition to facilities for low-level memory manipulation.
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  1. David Lowndes 4,691 Reputation points

    That's how it should be - a static library is just a .LIB file with the object code.
    It's the LIB command that "links" (joins) object files into a .LIB.

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  2. Minxin Yu 9,361 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi, @Robert Scott
    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!

    i think it's a static library.

    You can confirm which project you are using in Properties > General > Configuration Type.

    Best regards,

    Minxin Yu

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  3. Robert Scott 1 Reputation point

    Sorry, but i dont think anyone is understanding me. See the picture above how it does not have a link option in the left hand pannel. That is what i was also missing. I installed vcpkg and now it is there and i can link external libraries. Thanks for offering some help though.