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Open File Command

Opens an existing file and allows you to specify an editor.

File.OpenFile filename [/e:editorname]


Required. The full or partial path and file name of the file to open. Paths containing spaces must use quotation marks.


Optional. Name of the editor in which the file will be opened. If the argument is specified but no editor name is supplied, the Open With dialog box appears.

The /e:editorname argument syntax uses the editor names as they appear in the Open With Dialog Box, enclosed in quotation marks.

For example, to open a style sheet in the source code editor, you would enter the following for the /e:editorname argument.

/e:"Source Code (text) Editor"


As you enter a path, auto completion tries to locate the correct path and file name.


This example opens the style file, Test1.css.

>File.OpenFile "C:\My Projects\project1\Test1.css"

See Also

Visual Studio Commands with Arguments | Command Window | Find/Command Box | Pre-defined Visual Studio Command Aliases

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