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Article – How to enable SharePoint 2013 Development Project Templates in Visual Studio 2012

Visual Studio 2012 support both SharePoint 2010 and 2013 application development. These features are available in Professional, Premium and Ultimate editions of Visual Studio.

Installing Visual Studio 2012 will provide only SharePoint 2010 development projects templates by default. SharePoint 2013 project templates and many other SharePoint and Office development templates are distributed through Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 option in Web Platform Installer.

Following screen capture shows, out-of-the-box SharePoint 2010 project templates available in Visual Studio 2012:

SharePoint 2010 Project Templates

SharePoint 2010 Project Templates


Following set of instructions will guide you to get SharePoint 2013 project templates integrated to Visual Studio 2012.

Task 1 – Install or Open Web Platform Installer
  1. If you have not installed Web Platform Installer already, navigate to the link, download and install Web Platform Installer. This is a less than 2 MB setup and it won’t take much time to download and install.
  2. Open Web Platform Installer by navigating to Start –> All Programs –> Microsoft Web Platform Installer
Task 2 – Download and Install Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012
  1. Search for “SharePoint” keyword using the Search box in the Web Platform Installer.
  2. Select Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 and select Add to add Office Developer Tools and any other associated tools.

    Web Platform Installer

    Web Platform Installer

  3. Click Install button and select I Accept from the license terms agreement dialog box.
  4. Web Platform Installer will download required components and install them and this may take few minutes.
  5. Once it’s completed, click Finish button.
  6. Restart your Visual Studio 2012 IDE and observer the new project type which are added by the Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012.
SharePoint 2010 and 2013 Project Templates

SharePoint 2010 and 2013 Project Templates


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