For those of you following the Tip of the Day series, say it with me now, “under the tools – options – environment – documents page, you’ll find the…” show miscellaneous files in Solution Explorer option.

Miscellaneous Files Project shown in Solution Explorer

I find this feature very useful when you’re constantly looking at the same files that live outside of your current solution.  For example, when writing test cases, we have the test case as its own solution and reference the test library dlls.  When stepping through the test library, these files collect under the miscellaneous files project (yes, technically under the covers this is a project).

When you reopen the solution, the miscellaneous files will tag along, just how you left them, provided you have the subsequent option ‘x’ items saved in the miscellaneous files project set to something greater than 0.

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