visual studio - Where is Developer Command Prompt for VS2013?

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For some reason, it doesn't properly add an icon when running Windows 8+. Here's how I solved it:

Using Windows Explorer, navigate to:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Visual Studio 2013 

In that folder, you'll see a shortcut named Visual Studio Tools that maps to (assuming default installation):

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\Tools\Shortcuts 

Double-click the shortcut (or go to the folder above).

From that folder, copy the shortcut named Developer Command Prompt for VS2013 (and any others you find useful) to the first directory (for the Start Menu). You'll likely be prompted for administrative access (do so).

Once you've done that, you'll now have an icon available for the 2013 command prompt.

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From VS2013 Menu Select "Tools", then Select "External Tools". Enter as below:

  • Title: "VS2013 Native Tools-Command Prompt" would be good
  • Command: C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
  • Arguments: /k "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\Tools\VsDevCmd.bat"
  • Initial Directory: Select as suits your needs.

Click OK. Now you have command prompt access under the Tools Menu.

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I used a modified version of this answer - based on my experiences adding it to VS 2010:

  1. Select Tools >> External Tools in Visual Studio
  2. Click Add
  3. Title: I use Visual Studio Command &Prompt
    • &P Makes P a alt-shortcut key (when menu active)
    • I originally used C, but that conflicts with the existing shortcut for Customize
  4. Command: C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
  5. Arguments: \k "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\Tools\vsvars32.bat
    • /k keeps a secondary session active so the window doesn’t close on the .bat file
  6. Initial Directory: I use $(ProjectDir) (from the dropdown)
  7. Click OK.

Now you have command prompt access under the Tools Menu.

See also: Add command prompt to Visual C# Express 2010

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You can simply go to Menu > All Programs > Visual Studio 2013. Select the folder link "Visual Studio Tools". This will open the folder. There is bunch of shortcuts for command prompt which you can use. They worked perfectly for me.

I think the trick here might be there are different versions for different processors, hence they put them all together.

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I don't know if this changed recently -- the answer given by Samuel did not apply to me even though that link seemed authoritative.

A couple of things

1) For some reason, the folder in the start menu is called Visual Studio 2013, and not Microsoft Visual Studio 2013. Using the win8 apps interface you might see the 2010 entry Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, and since you don't see the new 2013 folder Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 next to it, you assume it isn't there. But it is.. Just a few page scrolls away..

2) It seems the Windows 8 (or 8.1 at least) cannot display sub-folders. I tried creating a folder underneath the Visual Studio 2013 folder with shortcuts, and the entire folder just didn't show.

3) Which is why what is installed is a shortcut. Not sure what the windows 7 behavior is with a shortcut in the start menu, but the apps menu just displays it like a folder. When you click on it, it brings you to the so-called missing shortcuts in explorer.

Final solution: under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs, create a new folder called Microsoft Visual Studio 2013. Copy the shortcuts from C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\Tools\Shortcuts to that new folder. Then you'll have your icons using the windows 8 app interface under the heading which is the new folder name.

You'll also be able to just start typing from the start screen VS2013, and the icons will now show up.

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