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Display Just One Project in Solution Explorer

In a solution with many projects, typically you just want to work with one of the projects. You can, of course, collapse all of the projects you're not interested in, but (depending on how many projects you have) that can still leave a lot of lot clutter in Solution Explorer … and the project you're interested in half-way down the list. And the reality is that, from time to time, you're going to have to expand those other projects, which puts all that clutter back into Solution Explorer.

If, however, you right-click on the project you're mostly interested in and select Scope to This, Solution Explorer will switch Solution Explorer to a view that shows your project and nothing else. Now, when you need to get back to the full solutions listing, you just have to click the back button at the top of Solution Explorer. Back in the full version of Solution Explorer, you can return to your scoped, single project view by clicking the forward button right beside the back button.

This is a simpler solution than my previous tip on opening a separate Solution Explorer for individual projects. To begin, using Scope to This, you can only have a single project in a window by itself -- if you scope to another project you lose the scope on any other project. But, while opening multiple Solution explorers is more flexible I bet that, most of the time, scoping to one project is all the solution you need.

Posted by Peter Vogel on 09/29/2015 at 2:19 PM

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