How to stop Visual Studio 2010 showing the post-build Error List

One of my least favourite features of Visual Studio 2010 is that every time my build has an error, it pops up the Error List window. And every time, I switch to the Output window to read the full compiler error because the Error List doesn’t show enough information. In terms of interaction, that’s a major context switch – I’m focussed on the Output window looking at compile errors then BANG, the Error List interrupts my train of thought.

Now, I’ve tracked down this option to stop the Error List appearing:


The remaining question is: why put this option under “Projects and Solutions” instead of under “Build and Run”?

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