Automatically Show the Output Window During Build in Visual Studio

The Visual Studio IDE Output window displays status messages for various features with in IDE  include build errors, compilation error, Project configuration information, that occur when a project is compiled. This window is very much important to see what your application doing during build. Now, this windows is by default turn off. So when ever you want to see the output window during build time, you have to go to “View > Output” or using shortcut key off “Ctrl + W , O”


Now, to reduce the redundant effort, if you want to see the output window every time, whenever your build start, you need to do a small settings.

You can do  a small settings from Tools > Options > Project and Solutions , then Select “Show Output window when build starts”


With this settings your Output window will always  launch with the project build .

Abhijit Jana

Abhijit runs the Daily .NET Tips. He started this site with a vision to have a single knowledge base of .NET tips and tricks and share post that can quickly help any developers . He is a Former Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, CodeProject MVP, Mentor, Speaker, Author, Technology Evangelist and presently working as a .NET Consultant. He blogs at , you can follow him @AbhijitJana . He is the author of book Kinect for Windows SDK Programming Guide.