OMG I figured it out! I was looking at it all wrong. I used FuseGL to create my buttons, on/off etc. then I am using Visual Studio Express (however notepad works too I hear, but I like Visual studio because it shows you errors before you save) to edit from there.
for example, I want an image for a background... I add that code using Visual Studio. I will be looking into more advanced functions with buttons here, but for now at least I'm moving. I found the below thread helpful for making edits to my program.
Basically, create the basics in FuseGL, then use Visual Studio to edit the .XML file located in the FuseGL folder (FuseGL\Config\UserGUIConfig.xml)