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Open File Dialog Box

Use this dialog box to open an existing file from disk. You can also use this dialog box to open an already opened file using different language encoding options.

To access this dialog box, select Open from the File menu and then choose File.

Caution noteCaution

Before opening a project or component in Visual Studio, determine the trustworthiness of its code. The act of opening the project or component in a Visual Studio designer will cause devenv.exe to execute its code in a trusted process on your local machine.

Look in

Locate the existing project folder from this drop-down menu. Selecting a folder from this list displays the contents of the folder in the primary pane.

My Places Bar


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.

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.


Locate Web servers and network computers 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".

Files of type

Use this option to filter the contents of the folder or directory selected in Look in for a particular file type.

Open With and Encoding Options

To use the Open With Dialog Box to specify an editor for the target file, select the small rectangle at the right of the Open button and choose Open With. If necessary, you can also specify a language-encoding scheme to apply when opening the selected file. To do so, select a program in the list that contains "with Encoding" and choose Open to display the Encoding Dialog Box.


Navigate Back


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

Up One Level

Up One Level

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

Search the Web

Search Web

This button is not available.



Deletes the selected files or folders from storage.

New Folder

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 drop-down list box.


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


Displays thumbnails for items in the display pane.


Displays files and folders as large icons.


Displays files and folders as small icons.


Displays files and folders in a list format.


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.


This command is not available.


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


Deletes the selected file or folder from storage.


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.


Displays the property sheet for the selected item.

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