How to: Access and Initialize Server Explorer/Database Explorer
Use Server Explorer/Database Explorer to create and manipulate database connections, and to connect to servers and explore their contents.
To access Server Explorer
On the View menu, choose Server Explorer or Database Explorer.
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If the Server Explorer or Database Explorer tab is displayed on the left edge of the screen, select that tab.
By default, Server Explorer/Database Explorer displays data connections and links to servers that you have previously used. For more information, see, and .
The Servers node is not available in the Standard Edition of Visual Basic and Visual C#. For more information, see. The Servers node is also not available in Visual Basic Express Edition and Visual C# Express Edition.
When you first access Server Explorer/Database Explorer, the window appears on the left edge of the development environment. Clicking the tack icon retracts the window into a tab on the left margin. Select the tab to expand the window. After you select the tab to view the window, it automatically retracts again as you select items on the design surface. If you hide the window, then the tab no longer appears, but you can reopen Server Explorer/Database Explorer from the Project menu. For more information, seeand .