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Working with Folders in Class View

Class View allows you to create virtual folders to organize frequently used symbols and provide quick access to them. These folders are saved on a per-solution basis in the .Suo file.

To create a new folder, select the New Folder button on the Class View toolbar. If a folder node is selected, a sub-folder is created under it, otherwise, a top-level folder is created. You can then drag symbols and other folders into it.

Note   Because folders are only a view of your data, copying symbols into or deleting symbols from them has no affect on the actual symbols in your projects; it is only a navigational and organizational aid. However, renaming or deleting the symbols from code might cause them to appear as error nodes under the folder. These must be corrected manually by dragging the symbol into the folder again.

To create a folder in Class View

  1. Select the folder in Class View in which you want to create the new folder.

    If you want to create a top-level folder, select a symbol or project node.

  2. Click the New Folder button on the Class View toolbar.
  3. Type a name for the folder and press ENTER.

To delete a folder

Select the folder and then either:

  • Press DELETE.


  • Right-click the folder and choose Delete on the context menu.


  • Choose Delete on the Edit menu.

To add symbols to a folder

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Drag and drop one or more symbols into the folder.

      To select multiple symbols simultaneously, use the SHIFT and CTRL keys.


    • Right-click the symbols you want to copy and then choose the Copy command on the context menu.
  2. Right-click the folder in which you want copy the symbol and choose Paste.
    Note   You can also add folders as well create a nested tree of folders.

To delete items from a folder

Select the item(s) and then either:

  • Press DELETE.     


  • Right-click and choose Delete on the context menu.


  • Choose Delete on the Edit menu.

To rename a folder

  1. Press F2, or right-click the folder and choose Rename.
  2. Type the new folder name and press ENTER. To cancel the renaming, press ESC.
    Note   Two folders at the same level cannot have the same name.

To move a folder

Do one of the following:

  • Click and drag the folder to another folder.


  • Copy the folder to its new location and then delete it from its original location.
    Tip   To move a folder to the top level, right-click it and choose Move To Top.

See Also

Viewing Classes and Their Members | Class View | Working with Class View | Object Browser | Browsing Code and Components