How to show 'Solution' file in Visual Studio 2010 Professional

by Updated May 26, 2010

The default settings in Visual Studio 2010 Professional do not automatically show the Solution file by default in the Solution Explorer sidebar.  This can be a bit of a problem if you are trying to add another project to your existing solution. To get the Solution file to show up is fairly easy, just follow these steps:

  1. In Visual Studio, from the menu bar go to 'Tools' -> 'Options'
  2. Within the 'Options' popup box, make sure the 'Show all settings' check box is checked (it's located in the bottom left corner).
  3. Now click on 'Projects and Solutions' and then check the box that says "Always show solution".
  4. Then click 'OK'

You should now see the Solution file at the very top of the Solution Explorer sidebar in Visual Studio 2010.  You should be able to use the same steps above to get the Solution file to appear in Visual Studio 2008 & 2005 as well.

 


0
7

7 Comments

anonymous by Smith on 5/24/2010
You Rocks doug.
anonymous by jose on 1/6/2011
Thank you
anonymous by Abid on 5/4/2011
Thank you. That's what I needed.
anonymous by Eduardo Rocha on 6/2/2011
Thanks man.
anonymous by dima on 10/26/2012
thanks!
anonymous by Manoj on 1/5/2013
Thanks :)
anonymous by Elias on 1/23/2014
Muito obrigado.

Add your comment

by Anonymous - Already have an account? Login now!
Your Name:  

Comment:  
Enter the text you see in the image below
What do you see?
Can't read the image? View a new one.
Your comment will appear after being approved.

Related Posts


To display line numbers in a Visual Studio.net 2008 code window do the following: Open Visual Studio.net On the Menu bar, Select 'Tools' -> 'Options' In the Options pop-up window, Select 'Text Editor' -> 'All Languages' > 'General'. Note: If you...  more »

When developing websites or applications in Visual Studio.NET, you sometimes need to have Visual Studio run as an administrator. For instance, if you are developing a Web Application Project that uses IIS7 as the local development server for testing,...  more »

Recently, I decided to begin converting my Visual Studio.net Web Site Projects (WSP) to Web Application Projects (WAP) to take advantage of some of the new Web Deployment features in Visual Studio.net 2010 (see Vishal Joshi's blog for a run through of WSP...  more »