Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How do you install a .VSIX file?

A file with the extension .VSIX is a Visual Studio extension file created by Microsoft. It adds additional capabilities that the Visual Studio IDE can provide. It's a zip file that contains files that extend the functionality of the IDE.

It should be downloaded and installed. The installation can be carried out by going to the extension manager in Visual Studio. You can look for a particular extension or you can browse the internet to get an extension. You will require Internet connection.

You can access the Extensions and Updates screen from Tools as shown.

Click Extensions and Updates... drop-down menu.

In the Extensions and Updates screen you can see all about the extensions:
  • Installed
  • Online
  • Updates as shown.

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