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How to: Search for a File

Visual Studio 2005

As described in Search Engine, Visual SourceSafe allows both name (wildcard) and status searches, selectable from the View menu. Searches can be recursive, to search all the subprojects under the current project, or global, to search the entire project list. When multiple projects share a file, the Status Search command shows you the projects having the file checked out.

To search for a file by name:

  1. In Visual SourceSafe Explorer, on the View menu, click Search.

  2. Now click Wildcard Search.

  3. In the Search for Wildcard dialog box, use the Wildcard box to type the part of the file name that you know, using an asterisk (*) for parts you don't know. For example, if you're looking for a file you think is called TodaysProject, but you can't recall the entire file name, enter Today*.* for your wildcard search.

  4. You can refine your search using masks, for example, the question mark (?) to represent a single unknown character. Separate search elements with semicolons, for example, *.exe ; ?.dll ; ?ga*.exe.

  5. In the Search Area box, select an area to search.

  6. Click OK to start the search.

To search by checkout status:

  1. In Visual SourceSafe Explorer, on the View menu, click Search.

  2. Now click Status Search.

  3. In the Search for Status dialog box, click Display files checked out to, and select a user from the list.

  4. If you want to use a global search, click Display all checked out files.

  5. In the Search Area box, select an area to search.

  6. Click OK to start the search.

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