Use Source Control Explorer to Manage Files under Version Control

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

Required Permissions

You must be one of the Contributors for your team project. See Team Foundation Server Default Groups, Permissions, and Roles.

What do you want to do?

Open Source Control Explorer

Do one of the following:

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

  • From Team Explorer, choose Home iconHome, and then choose Source Control Explorer.

Source Control Explorer

Refresh version control status

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

Use the command prompt


  • Tip 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. Make sure that you are mapping a folder in a way that makes sense for your workspace. For more information, see Manage Your Workspaces.

  • Tip 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.

  • Tip 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 ellipses () appears, you can view a list of the users and their pending changes:

    1. Open the shortcut 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).