Solution Explorer

Solution Explorer window lists all the projects and contained files. The window is used to navigate to files, include/exclude files from the project, manage project references and properties.

Solution Explorer

Project Properties

Right clicking the project node shows several additional operations including Properties. The menu command opens project properties allowing to setup project start action and other project-specific options.

Project Files

Solution Explorer lists files included in the project. In addition to that, files not included in the project but contained in the project folder can be shown using 'Show All Files' button at the top of Solution Explorer.

Adding Files

Files can be added to the project in several ways:

  • Right click the project or contained folder and choose Add | Existing Item....
  • Use Show All Files. Click on files or folder you would like to add to the project and choose Include In Project.
  • Drag&Drop files and folder from Windows Explorer.

Filtering View

Projects can be large, so Solution Explorer supports filtering its content by partially typed name. At the top of the window is Search Solution Explorer input box. The box can be focused by Ctrl+; by default. Typing text filters files immediately.

Composer Packages

Every PHP project contains References node. The node lists used composer packages in a tree hierarchy. See Composer for more information.