Using Batch Build in Visual Studio

This is a really simple one, but if you want to build a solution in a specific ‘Configuration’ and you have a big solution open, it can sometimes be an awfully long time to switch configurations – e.g. Debug -> Release.  You may find yourself needing to do this when you’re needing to build and rebuild setup projects whilst testing.

You could of course run a command line compile, but a simple way to stay in the IDE and Debug configuration whilst running a Release build is the Batch Build facility. 

Just go to Build –> Batch Build, then select all the Release versions of the projects you want to build (or whatever you want to build), and then click Build.  The settings will be remembered for the next time you go in too…

I said it was simple.