Use this dialog box to select individual or multiple project items to add to the Solution Items folder. You can select files from local directories, network directories, and Web sites. You can also use this dialog box to add links to shared files in workgroup scenarios.
To access this dialog box, select the solution in Solution Explorer and then choose Add Existing Item on the Project menu.
Use this drop-down list box to locate an existing item by exploring an hierarchically structured view of files, folders, local drives, mapped network drives, and pointers to other Web resources on your computer.
You can use the Look in drop-down list box to add, modify, or remove an FTP location.
Filters the display of files and folders based on file name. Type the full or partial file name on which to filter, using "*" as the wildcard character.
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".
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 Microsoft Knowledge Base article 255252.
Files of type
Filter the display of files based on file extension.
Use this drop-down button to choose the editor with which to open the item. You might choose to open the file added from this dialog box with a non-Visual Studio editor (Notepad, for example) on subsequent openings or accept the default editor.
Opens the file with the default editor associated with the file extension.
Invokes the Open With dialog box permitting you to choose the editor with which to open the file.
You can always change the editor with which to open the file at a later time by invoking the Open With dialog box: right-click on the file in Solution Explorer and then choose Open With on the shortcut menu.