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Open Project Dialog Box

Use this dialog box to open an existing project or an existing solution (.sln) file. When you open a project, you can choose to open the project in the current solution — if a solution is open — or to close the current solution before opening the project. When you open a solution file, all projects and files associated with the solution open as well. For a conceptual overview of solutions and projects, see Introduction to Solutions, Projects, and Items.

Security noteSecurity Note

Before you open an existing project or component, determine the trustworthiness of the code outside of the Visual Studio designer. Opening projects or components in the Visual Studio designer automatically executes code from that project or component on your local machine in the trusted process of devenv.exe.

NoteNote

Choosing to open the project in the current solution adds the project to the solution just as you can in the Add Existing Project dialog box. For more information on the effect of multiple project solutions, see Introduction to Solutions, Projects, and Items

You can access this dialog box by choosing Open from the File menu then clicking Project/Solution.

Look in

Locates the folder that contains the project or solution. Selecting a folder from this list displays the folder's contents.

My Places Bar

Desktop

Displays the files and folders located on the desktop.

My Projects

Displays the files and folders at the location specified in the General, Projects and Solutions, Options Dialog Box.

My Computer

Displays the contents of your floppy disk, hard disk, and CD-ROM drive.

<Source Control Plug-in>

Displays the contents of a source control database or repository. For more information, see How to: Open a Project or Solution from Source Control.

Folder List

File name

Use this option to filter the files and folders that are displayed. Enter a full or partial file name on which to filter. You can use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard.

NoteTip

Navigate to Web and network locations by entering a URL or network path in the File name box. For example, "http://mywebsite" displays the files available at the "mywebsite" Web location and "\\myserver\myshare" displays the files available at the "myshare" location on "myserver."

NoteNote

If you try to access and build Visual C++ projects directly over a network, you will experience problems. Visual C++ does not perform any special operations to accommodate network drives and shares, and it is unaware of whether the file it is reading or writing is on a network drive or a local drive. Use of Visual C++ in this manner is not supported. For more information, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 255252.

Files of type

Use this option to filter the files displayed based on file extension. Each product lists default filters of the most common file types.

NoteNote

Visual Studio retains the active project's location and filter parameters for the duration of your Visual Studio session.

Add to Solution

Select this radio button to add the project to the current solution. The solution will remain open in the integrated development environment (IDE). This option appears only when a solution is already open.

NoteNote

Choosing to open the project in the current solution adds the project to the solution just as you can in the Add Existing Project dialog box. For more information on the effect of multiple project solutions, see Introduction to Solutions, Projects, and Items.

Close Solution

Select this radio button to close the current solution before you open the selected project. Visual Studio will prompt you to save changes to any project items before closing the solution. If Visual Studio is unable to find the project's parent solution, a new solution is created in an unsaved state. This option appears only when a solution is already open.

If you want to open a project or solution that is in a Visual SourceSafe database, the following columns are displayed in the folder list when you click My SourceSafe Stores in the My Places Bar:

Item

Lists the Visual SourceSafe databases that you have opened previously and enables you to add a database to this list.

Details

Displays the location of each Visual SourceSafe database.

When you open a database, the following columns are displayed:

Item

Lists the files or project folders in the current project folder.

Destination Folder

Displays the location of the working folder for each item. For more information, see How to: Open a Project or Solution from Source Control.

Toolbar

Navigate Back

Returns the most recently viewed folder, drive, or Internet location.

Up One Level

Navigates the tree to the next highest folder in the hierarchy.

Search the Web

This button is not available.

Delete

Deletes the selected files or folders from storage.

New Folder

Displays the New Folder dialog box. Use this option to create a new child folder under the folder selected in the Look in list.

Views

Provides options for arranging and viewing the contents of the item selected in the Views drop-down list box.

Thumbnails

Displays thumbnails for items in the display pane.

Tiles

Displays files and folders as large icons.

Icons

Displays files and folders as small icons.

List

Displays files and folders in a list format.

Details

Displays the name, size, type, and last-modified date of files and folders in a list format. To sort by a particular detail, click its column header.

WebView

This command is not available.

Tools

Select a tool to apply to the item selected in the contents pane.

Delete

Deletes the selected file or folder from storage.

Print

Prints the selected file.

Add to "My Places"

Adds the folder to the shortcuts on the My Places bar, to the left of the files and folders list.

Properties

Displays the property sheet for the selected item.

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