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Organize Classes into Folders in Class View

It doesn't show often in the columns I write here, but I'm a big fan of organizing large projects into files. You can, of course, create those folders in Solution Explorer, which adds the folders to your file system.

But, if you use Class View, you know that your Solution Explorer folders don't show up there. As the number of classes in your application starts to increase, the usefulness of Class View starts to diminish. If you want, though, you can also organize Class View into folders … and those folders don't have to match your Solution View folders.

It's not obvious how to do this -- right-clicking in Class View and picking Add from the submenu won't give you a folder option, for example. Instead, you need to click the Add Folder button in the top left-hand corner of Class View. Once you've created your folder, you can drag classes into it (still in Class View, of course). You can also create subfolders (right-clicking on a folder will give you a New Folder option).

These folders only exist in your solution's information file (the .sou file) and aren't added to your file system.

Posted by Peter Vogel on 05/20/2016 at 1:03 PM


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