Installing Visual Studio Web Essentials

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Visual Studio Web Essentials is a VS extension by Mads Kristensen that assists with the development of CSS, HTML, JavaScript, TypeScript and CoffeeScript.

To install Visual Studio Web Essentials, go to and select Download. We will install on Visual Studio 2015:

Select the version to install:


This will download a VSIX file. Open it:

Click to install:

You will see:

Once installed, open Visual Studio:

Go to Tools->Options:

Select Web Essentials. You will see:

Click OK. We will also download the Web Extension Pack:

Install the VSIX file:

Open Visual Studio. You may see:

Go to Tools->Options. You will see:

There are several things you can do with Web Essentials, that we will go into in future posts.


Carl de Souza is a developer and architect focusing on Microsoft Dynamics 365, Power BI, Azure, and AI.

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