Checking Out Files

Checkout

To modify a file you will need to check it out. This can either be done by right clicking on a file and selecting 'Check Out for Edit' or letting Visual Studio automatically check out the file when you start to change it.

Figure 20.4. Checking Out a File

Checking Out a File

When a file is checked out it's icon in the Solution Explorer will change from a lock to a tick.

Figure 20.5. Checked Out File

Checked Out File

Checked out files will also be listed in the Pending Checkins tab as 'Content' changes and can be submitted to the server in the normal way.

Figure 20.6. Pending Checkins

Pending Checkins

The Pending Checkins tab can be opened by selecting the 'View | Pending Checkins' menu within Visual Studio. This allows you to keep track of which files you are changing.