The “New Project” dialog box in Visual Studio provides an option to easily access samples as seen in the following screen capture:
Upon selecting a sample, you will get the following dialog box with standard disclaimers:
After clicking the “Install” button, the sample you selected will be loaded into solution explorer. A description page (downloaded as a solution item) will be displayed as seen here:
The sample is ready to go! You can poke around (code is pampered with comments) or run it immediately.
The main message here is this – before you go searching the web all over for that “how to” sample, you might be pleasantly surprised to see it is already available via Visual Studio 2012!