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The Visual Studio Extensions options dialog provides settings, so you can configure the Telerik Visual Studio Extensions to best suit your needs.

It can be accessed through the Visual Studio >> Extensions >> Telerik >> Telerik UI for WinForms >> Options:

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The Options dialog contains two sets of options that affect the Telerik UI for WinForms Visual Studio Extensions.

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The settings under the General category affect all of the installed Telerik Visual Studio Extensions.

Project setup

Copy referenced assemblies to solution and integrate with source control - When enabled, the referenced assemblies will be copied to the solution when using Telerik wizards

Project Upgrade Notifications for Detected Local Distributions

  • Show me a message when a newer version is available on – When enabled, you will be prompted to upgrade upon opening a project, which is not using the latest version of Telerik UI for WinForms installed on your system.

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All settings under the WinForms category affect only the Telerik UI for WinForms Visual Studio Extensions.

As of R2 2021 in the Options dialog, there is a setting that controls whether the message for changing the default theme will be shown.


If "Suggest default theme" is set to true, the following message will be prompted to the user when you drag a Telerik RadControl from the toolbox and drop it onto the form:


If you accept the changes and restart the designer, the Fluent theme will be used as default theme for the design time experience.

Select a folder for downloads

Configures the path where the extensions look for and store distributions.

Changing the folder path will not move existing folder contents from your previous path. Please, move your previous folder contents manually in case you still want to use them.

Latest version retrieval

Include internal builds in Latest Version update and retrieval – When enabled, the Latest Version Acquirer tool will retrieve internal builds as well as official releases when checking for a new version.


Show me a message when a newer version is available on When enabled and solution containing an UI for WinForms project is loaded, you will receive notification if a new version of Telerik UI for WinForms is available on the Telerik website.

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