Switching between Solution and Folder View in Visual Studio 2017

By | April 11, 2017

Using Open Folder option (File –> Open –> Folder), and selecting a folder, Visual Studio opens the selected folder to work with. This makes easy to work with source codes without Projects or Solutions. Whiles this makes very convenient to explore files and work with them, you can take advantage of change view of Solution Explore in case you want to toggle between the Open Folder and Solution View.

As you can see from the below screen shots, Solution Explorer showing the “Folder View”.

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Fig: Solution Explorer – Folder View

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If you have the Solution or Project files, you can toggle between these two view by selection the “Solution and Folders”  drop-down option from Solution Explorer Toolbar.

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Fig: Solution Explorer – Folder View and Solution View

Note that, this toggle option will only work for folder which contains projects solutions, otherwise you could select only folder option as shown in image below.

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 Fig : Folder View without any solution files

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