Visual Studio C# 2010 Express

I was looking the usual configuration options when working on a C# application, such as switching between Debug and Release, but I could not find them in express.

After a bit of searching, I found a way of enabling the configuration drop down, as well as adding a Clean button.

Debug / Release

  1. Enable the Tools → Settings → Expert Settings menu option
  2. Go to Tools → Options
    In the dialog box, check Show All Settings option in the bottom left.
  3. In the above dialog, now choose Projects and Solutions → General.
    Check the option Show advanced build configurations.
  4. Click OK.


  1. Tools\Customize
  2. Commands tab
  3. Menu bar -> Build
  4. Add Command (Build -> Clean Solution)
  5. Select the Clean Solution command