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Unable to see Solution File in Solution Explorer : VS Tip

Today one of my colleagues called me for a very important (and common) doubt: He is unable to see the solution icon in the solution explorer window in Visual Studio 2008.


ASPNETAJAX is his project file and he has a solution file of the same name (ASPNETAJAX.sln). He wanted to add an existing project to this solution file, but unfortunately how hard he tried he was unable to see the solution file in the solution explorer window.

In Visual Studio 2008 everything is configurable, every time when there is a problem like this one must consult not Google but Tools –> Options menu.


Ah, there he is! Under Projects and Solutions –> General there is an option Always show solution.

If this is not enabled, when your solution file has only one project, the solution icon will not show up in the solution explorer. But if your solution file has more than one project solution file will show up always in the solution explorer, no matter whether you enable or disable this option.

After my colleague enabled this option, solution file appeared in his solution explorer.


Also find loads of visual studio tips here in Saraford’s bog. In fact all of her tips are condensed in to a lovable book.

  1. Joe
    February 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you. That problem was driving me nuts.

  2. Hammad
    March 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    hey thanks alot. Nice article for many problems.

  3. August 19, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Hey Now Artur,

    Great post, was looking all over for this & this setting you posted is exactly what I was looking for.

    Thx 4 the info,

  4. jayant kumar
    July 3, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Thanks dear Very100000000

  5. Raja
    September 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks for your post..!

    Raja M.

  6. February 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you so very much!

  7. Suki
    July 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you very much. This article saved my time.

  8. sathya
    September 6, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Hi i ahev the the project .i want to add that entire project to my solution Explorer..pls anyone can help me…

  9. November 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Yeah, Its works for me.
    Thank you very much

  10. February 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    very nice…thanks for the solution..

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