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Visual Studio extension tool window that shows a selectable list of files that are open in the editor

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Working Files List

Copyright © 2016 - 2022 Anthony Fung and The Working Files List Project contributors

Working Files List is a Visual Studio extension. Versions up to and including 1.6.x are compatible with Visual Studio 2015/2017/2019. Version 1.7.0 and up are compatible with Visual Studio 2022. It adds a tool window that shows a vertically stacked list of documents that have been opened in the editor, with the ability to group and sort entries.


Pre-built binaries can be downloaded from the Visual Studio Marketplace (click here for version 1.6.0); from within Visual Studio by searching for working files list in [Tools] -> [Extensions and Updates]; or the releases page.

If you prefer to generate your own binary, you can do so by building the project (using the Release build configuration as appropriate). Navigate to the output directory and launch WorkingFilesList.vsix to add the extension to Visual Studio.

Once installed, select [View] -> [Other Windows] -> [Working Files List] on the menu bar from within Visual Studio.


User Guide


Visual Studio Marketplace Page


Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

Launching in the Visual Studio Experimental Instance

To launch this extension in the Visual Studio Experimental Instance, select the Debug tab in the properties page for WorkingFilesList. Select Start external program as the start action and enter the path to Visual Studio, e.g.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe

Set /rootsuffix Exp as the start options Command line arguments

Pinned Files

When closing a solution or exiting Visual Studio with items pinned in Working Files List, information about the pinned items will be written to disk so that they can be restored when the solution is next opened. JSON files are written to the WorkingFilesList folder, located within the logged in user’s Documents folder. The names of the written files include a hash of the corresponding solution’s path, meaning that if a solution is moved to another location, any previously pinned items for that solution will not be restored the next time that it is opened.

The JSON files created by Working Files List can be safely deleted if the pinned status of files is no longer required.


  • Select [Tools] -> [Extensions and Updates...] on the menu bar. There should be an option to uninstall the extension.

  • The WorkingFilesList folder and its contents, located in the logged in user's Documents folder can safely be deleted.

Known Issues

Automatic project reloading (Visual Studio Tools for Unity)

Working Files List relies on certain internal event notifications from Visual Studio to maintain synchronisation between itself and any open document editors within Visual Studio. When Visual Studio Tools for Unity is installed and Automatic project reloading is enabled, it does not seem possible to precisely track open files within a Unity generated project when the project is updated/overwritten by an external source. See here for more information.

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