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Check Out for Edit Dialog Box (Plug-in)

Visual Studio 2005

Checks out items from source control using a SourceSafe plug-in in Visual Studio. Checking out an item copies the current master copy to your local machine and removes its read-only attribute. Unless the plug-in is configured to support shared checkouts, checking out an item also locks it so that it is read-only to other users.

Dialog Box Access

In Visual Studio, select a source-controlled item in Solution Explorer. On the File menu, click Source Control, then click Check Out for Edit.

Check Out

Checks out all selected items.


Identifies the columns to display and the order in which they are displayed.


Specifies a comment to associate with the checkout operation.

Compare Versions

Opens the Difference Options dialog box or the Project Difference dialog box, which compares a selected item with another item and shows you any differences.

Don't show Check Out dialog box when checking out items

Does not show the dialog box during checkouts.

Flat View

Displays the items you are checking out as flat lists under their source control connection.


Displays the names of the items available for checkout. Items appear with the check boxes next to them selected. If you do not want to check out a particular item, clear its check box.


Displays checkout options when the arrow is clicked. Possible options are:

Option Description


Displays the Advanced Check Out Options dialog box to allow you to specify handling for any discrepancy between the local copy of an item and its master copy.

Check out local version

Checks out only local copies of items. This setting overrides the database-level setting on the General tab of the SourceSafe Options dialog box.


Changes the sort order of the displayed columns.

Tree View

Displays the folder and file hierarchy for the item you are checking out.

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