Getting Started with Visual Basic .NET

If you have an earlier version of Visual Studio, see here how to create a new project:

Visual Studio 2015 to 2017

For the latest version of Visual Studio Community Edition, stay on this page.

Starting up Visual Studio Community Edition

Sadly, Microsoft have decided to do away with the nice start up page from previous versions. Instead, you'll see this:

Visual Studio 2019 opening screen

Any projects you create will appear on the left, under Open recent, and you can simply click on your file to open it. Click on Create a new project, the fourth box on the right in the image above.

On the Create a new project dialogue box. You'll see this screen:

Visual Studio 2019 new project dialog box

At the top, click the dropdown list for Language. Then select Visual Basic:

Selecting Visual Basic as the language for Visual Studio 2019

From the list that appears, select Windows Form App (.NET Framework). Then click Next:

Selecting Windows Form App as the project template for Visual Studio 2019

When you click Next, you'll see this screen, Configure your new project:

Configuring your new project

In the Project name box at the top, type My First Project. (It will probably say WindowsApplication1.)

You can choose a location to save your projects. We've created a folder called Projects, in the Documents\Visual Studio 2019 folder.

The Solution name box will get filled in for you. So just click the Create button.

Eventually, a new project will be created. You should see a screen like the one below:

VB NET Community 2019 - new popup window (47K)

You can now make a start on the course by clicking the link below on the right, Move on to the Next Part.

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