Back to Basic : Displaying detailed output of MSBuild in Visual Studio output Window

Back to Basic : Displaying detailed output of MSBuild in Visual Studio output Window

I have received this question as a follow-up from one of my pervious post Back to Basic – Building Solutions in Visual Studio – Build Vs. Rebuild . There I explained the details of different types of build and how things works under the hood, and shows how you can view the detail inside output window.  Question was how we can view the detailed of build in output window as shown in some of the screenshots ? Well,  by default Visual Studio doesn’t show the detailed output of MSBuild in output windows. And to be honest you really don’t need to check them most of them.  But there are some cases, when you want to identify very specific project build related issues, or diagnose some build error, having this enabled would be extremely helpful.

To enable the detailed output of the MSBuild in output window, navigate to:

Tools –> Options –> Projects and Solutions –> Build and Run 


Quick Tip : You can launch the same using the Quick Launch





Related Post : Quick Launch in Visual Studio


From the right panel, you can set the verbosity of build output by selecting following option.


Change the build output verbosity from here and you can see the changes in build output window.

Must Read : Automatically Show the Output Window During Build in Visual Studio

Here is the sample screen shots of different build output window when different build verbosity was selected.


This is not something new features of Visual Studio..  its been there since beginning; As I have received this questions shared it over here.. and hopefully would help others.


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