In this particular case, where the file can't be found with Windows Explorer, I'm inclined to agree with newSpiker ... it was probably inadvertently deleted or never downloaded. But I DO think it's possible to be in the project directory and not appear in Solutions Explorer. How ? If the file was 'excluded' from a project.
In such a case, where a file has been excluded from a project, it remains in the directory but no longer appears in Solution Explorer (I THINK! might be worth tryin'). It will appear however in the list displayed when one clicks on Add->Existing Item (I THINK!).
I think the best way is to find it outside MSVC and double-click on it.
1200 projects in a solution... that's crazy in my opinion and smells more like a big structural/documentation issue than an IDE issue. It shouldn't be neccessary to fiddle around with all those files "at the same time". More or less any project is based on a lot of files (crt/boost/ace/...) but very rarely there's a need to open any of those file. Reading the docs and using the APIs is enough.
Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by
definition, not smart enough to debug it.
- Brian W. Kernighan
Thanks for the SonicFileFinder recommendation.
Exactly what I'm looking for. I use both Visual Studio and Java , always feel like Visual Studio is missing the feature like "Ctrl+Shift+T" to locate the file.
Now I can do this at both places.
Save me time!