Use Source Control Explorer to manage files under version control

Last Update: 9/26/2016

Team Services | TFS 2015 | Visual Studio 2015 | Visual Studio 2013

You can use Source Control Explorer to browse and work with your codebase under version control.

Open Source Control Explorer

Do one of the following:

  • From the Team Explorer home page (Keyboard: Ctrl + 0, H), choose Source Control Explorer.

  • From the menu bar choose View, Other Windows, Source Control Explorer.

Source Control Explorer

Use the command prompt

You can also use the command prompt to manage your files under version control. See Use Team Foundation version control commands.

Q & A

A: If the Not mapped link appears next to Local Path in a folder that contains files you need to work with, you can choose the link to map the folder. See Create and work with workspaces.

Q: How do I change the local path?

Editing workspaces from Source Control Explorer See Create and work with workspaces

Q: How do I toggle the folders pane?

A: To toggle the folders pane, choose Close in the upper-right corner of its title bar, or, in the Source Control Explorer toolbar, choose Folders.

Q: I don’t see the latest data in the window. How can I fix this?

A: If Source Control Explorer is not showing the latest data on the server, from the menu bar, choose File, Source Control, Refresh Status.

Q: How can the Pending Change column help me?

A: The Pending Change column displays your pending changes to an item. It also displays the pending changes of other team members who are using server workspaces and identifies their names in the User column. If an ellipsis () appears, you can view a list of the users and their pending changes:

  1. Open the context menu of the item in the Name column and choose Properties.

  2. In the Properties dialog box, choose the Status tab, which displays a list of users (in the User column) and their associated pending changes (in the Change Type column).

Q: Why do I see this error message: “Team Foundation Server is not your current Source Control plug-in. Click here to set the current Source Control plug-in”?

A: You might have connected to a Git team project. You cannot use Source Control Explorer with Git team projects.