Onyx Mueller

Improve Visual Studio 2010 Build Times

28 July 2011

A co-worker pointed me to a great tip that improved my build times within Visual Studio 2010. If you work with a large solution/project, this might help you.

Under Tools –> Options –> ‘Projects and Solutions’ grouping –> Build and Run –> Check ‘Only build startup projects and dependencies on Run’.

[![Only build startup projects and dependencies on Run](http://onyxmueller.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/improved_build_times.png "Visual Studio 2010 Options")](http://onyxmueller.net/2011/07/28/improve-visual-studio-2010-build-times/improved_build_times/)Check 'Only build startup projects and dependencies on Run'

Again, this is probably only useful if you have a larger solution like mine. In my case, it brought my wait time down from minutes to under a minute.

Thanks Andy!

— Onyx