Use this dialog box to select individual or multiple files to add to your project. 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.
Access this dialog box by selecting the solution or a project node in Solution Explorer and choosing Add Existing Item from the Project menu.
Locate the files or folders to add to your project from this list.
Use this option to filter the files and folders that are displayed. Enter the full or partial file name on which to filter; use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard.
Navigate to Web and network locations by entering the 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 files based on file extension. Each product lists default filters of the most common file types.
Use this button to copy the item to your project directory or link to the original file.
Add Copies the existing item to your project folder on disk and adds the item under the selected project in Solution Explorer. Any changes made to the item are not reflected in the item at the original location.
Add As Link Adds the existing item as a link from the project to its original location. Linking to files is useful when working in teams on shared resources; many projects can link to a file in one location.