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Posted 31 Mar 2011

Finding source files in Solution (Visual Studio)

, 2 Apr 2011
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Sometimes we spend a lot of time opening - closing folders trying to find .cpp / .cs / .h files in the Solution
This is a very short tip on how to find a source file in the active Solution in Visual Studio.
We only need to remember the name or part of it. Obvious.


  1. Press [Control + /] or [Control + D] (the focus goes to command/search field)

  2. Type ">of " (you must type the four characters, including space).

  3. Type the name of your source file (or prefix).

  4. Move with down cursor -> press [Enter]

  5. Sample (in Windows C++ project):
    [Control + /]>of windows.h[Enter]

    That's it.
    Hope it helps to avoid wasting time finding source files.


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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 It is very useful top. Pin
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GeneralTechnical backbone of this tip Pin
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