Running the command prompt from visual studio tools menu

What I wanted in Studio


  • Open Visual Studio
  • Go To "Menubar -->  Tools -->  External Tools"

  • Click "Add"

Enter Information:

Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt
Command: cmd.exe
Arguments: %comspec% /k ""C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\vcvarsall.bat"" x86

Click "Ok" and you are done.

Note: If you have a different installation directory, the arguments you need will probably be different. You can check the properties of the shortcut to the Visual Studio Command Line just to be sure: 

I hope you find this shortcut as useful as I did.