Open File Dialog Box

Use this dialog box to open an existing file from disk. You can also use this dialog box to open an already opened file using different language encoding options.

To access this dialog box, select Open from the File menu and then choose File.

Caution   Before opening a project or component in Visual Studio, determine the trustworthiness of its code. The act of opening the project or component in a Visual Studio designer will cause devenv.exe to execute its code in a trusted process on your local machine.

Central Panel

Look in
Locate the existing project folder from this drop-down menu. Selecting a folder from this list displays the contents of the folder in the primary pane.
File name
Use this option to filter the files and folders that are displayed. Enter a full or partial file name on which to filter. You can use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard.
Tip   Locate Web servers and network computers by entering a 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 the contents of the folder or directory selected in Look in for a particular file type.
Open With and Encoding Options
To use the Open With Dialog Box to specify an editor for the target file, select the small rectangle at the right of the Open button and choose Open With. If necessary, you can also specify a language-encoding scheme to apply when opening the selected file. To do so, select the program "HTML/XML Editor with Encoding" and choose Open to display the Encoding Dialog Box.

Top Panel

Returns folder to the previous location.

Locates the next higher folder in the hierarchy.

Opens your browser to the search page set in your browser's options.

Deletes the selected file or folder from your disk.

Displays the New Folder dialog box. Use this option to create a new child folder under the folder selected in the Look in drop-down list.

Use to select one of the different ways in which to arrange and view the contents of the item selected in the Look in drop-down list.

  • List   Displays the name of files, folders, and other items in a list format.
  • Details   Displays the name, size, type, and modified date of files, folders, and other items in a list format.
  • Properties   Displays the name and properties of files, folders, and other items. When selected, divides the content pane in half; the left half displays the item's name and the right half displays the selected item's properties. Some files and folders do not have property information available.
  • Preview   Displays a preview of the file. When selected, divides the content pane in half; the left half displays files and folders and the right half displays a preview of the selected file. This option is useful when looking for a particular graphic file.
  • Arrange Icons   Has the same effect as selecting one of the column headers in Details View to sort by that column. Arrange Icons is useful when arranging items by criteria other than Name (such as Size) in a view other than Details (such as Preview).
Tools
Use to select a tool to apply to the item selected in the contents pane.
  • Delete   Deletes the selected file or folder from disk.
  • Add to Favorites   Adds the file or folder to your Favorites folder. Any favorite you add while working in Visual Studio will appear in your Internet Explorer Favorites.
  • Map Network Drive   Displays the Windows Map Network Drive wizard, which allows you to connect to a machine on a network.
  • Open from Web Server   Displays the Connect to Web Server Dialog Box, allowing you to locate and open a project that exists on a Web server.

Left Panel

History
Displays the files most recently removed from solutions.
My Projects
Displays files and folders at the location specified in the Projects and Solutions, Environment, Options Dialog Box.
Desktop
Displays any files and folders located on the desktop.
Favorites
Displays the contents of your Internet Explorer Favorites folder.
Tip   To add a link to your Favorites folder from this dialog box, use the Look in drop-down list box to select the folder you want to add, and then choose Add to Favorites from the Tools drop-down menu.
My Network Places
Displays the Add Network Place icon, and shortcuts to the server directories currently defined as Network Places on your machine.

See Also

Open With Dialog Box | Managing Files with Encoding | Files, User Interface Elements

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