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Hidden Project Files in Solution Explorer

Note Required applications

The features in this topic are available only if you have the required applications installed.

For more information, see Features Available by Product Combination.

  • One of these development environments:

    VSTO 2005

    -or-

    Visual Studio Team System

  • Microsoft Office 2003

There are several Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System project files that are hidden in Solution Explorer by default. These files appear when you click Show All Files. The extensions for the files are .designer.xml, and .designer.vb or .designer.cs. These files are generated by Visual Studio Tools for Office, based on the document structure.

Do not modify these files. Modifications to hidden files are not supported.

File Generation

The generated files are completely regenerated whenever certain changes occur in the document. If you make any changes to these files manually, those changes will be lost the next time the file is regenerated. For that reason, they are included mainly for reference purposes.

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