# Where is the Shader Designer in Visual Studio?

I have Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate and I've been trying to access the Shader Designer. I searched through MSDN's text and Channel9's videos, but they keep failing to mention how to access it.

Can someone let me know where it is?

• msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh315733.aspx – Toni Nov 19 '12 at 7:43
• @Toni, you should add this as an answer – Laurent Couvidou Nov 19 '12 at 9:52
• I'm not sure it qualifies as one. I don't actually have the ultimate version and don't have the functionality. Just assumed that it's integrated in the IDE and that following the getting started would help. – Toni Nov 19 '12 at 10:05
• I found it. MS needs a facelift of documentation/tutorial/UI of their website... It's the .dgsl file that you have to create that allows you to visually create shaders... – ChocoMan Nov 21 '12 at 4:58

For the shader designer, the file type is .dgsl. Simply add an existing .dgsl file or add a new one (the template should be under the "Graphics" sidebar heading in the Add New Item dialog), and open it and the designer will fill the main view.