Bill Worthington Bill Worthington - 1 month ago 25
C++ Question

VS 2015 Solution Explorer File Icons

In Visual Studio 2015 Solution Explorer next to C++ files is a "++" icon, easy enough to understand, but I have one C++ file that has a red circle with a white minus sign in it over the "++" icon. I have tried making changes to this file and checking it into TFS, the icon does not change.

Short questions: What does a red circle with a white minus sign in it over the "++" icon mean??
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Bonus question: I searched all over trying to get a list of the icons, without any success, does a list of these icons exist??

07.Nov.2016 Update: This question was asked and answered in 2012, but I feel this posting should remain, because both the question and answer include screen shots. A picture is worth a least a 1,000 words!

Answer

It means the file is excluded from the build. Right click on a file - Properties - Configuration Properties - General and see if the Excluded From Build is set to Yes. Setting it to No removes the icon. Exclude from build