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Hidden Visual Studio 2005 Image Library

There is a large library of image files hidden within Visual Studio 2005. There are about 1400 animations, bitmaps, and icons that you can use in your applications. The animations include an .avi and a corresponding animated .gif. Every folder of images has an HTML file that lists every file in that folder and a recommendation with what they can be used for.

The image library will save you a great deal of time in searching for icons to use as buttons in your applications, and animated sequences for copying files.

If you installed Visual Studio in the default location, the library can be found at

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\VS2005ImageLibrary

In this folder you’ll find VS2005ImageLibrary.zip which will uncompress to the 3 folders containing the image library.

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