You can create a basic MVC 3 application, by following the next steps:

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1. Begin by choosing File -> New -> Project


New Project selection with Visual Studio 2010

2. In the Installed Templates section on the left column of the New Project dialog, shown in the next picture select the Visual C# -> Web templates list. This displays a list of web application types in the center column.


MVC 3 Template selection with Visual Studio 2010

3. Select ASP.NET MVC 3 Web Application, name your application BasicMvcApplication, and click OK.