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How do I copy code to my computer using Team Foundation?

I am attempting to copy code from Team Foundation.  It allows me to copy a zip file down to my pc but the file do not include the solution for the asp.net application and I get error messages when I attempt to open code up in Visual Studio 2013.  Are there any tutorials on how Team Foundation operates?
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sarabandeCommented:
in visual studio startpage you can 'Connect to Team Foundation Server...'-

after that you can access TFS via 'Team Explorer' which alternatively can be used to Solution Tree and Class View, and Property Manager...

if you connected properly to TFS, the 'Source Explorer' is available in the Team Explorer.

in the 'Source Explorer' you could create a new 'workspace' and download projects or project trees where you have access to.

Sara
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zraifordAuthor Commented:
Okay. I am not even seeing the solution file in the TFS. Is there a way to rebuild the code without the solution file?
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sarabandeCommented:
I am not even seeing the solution file in the TFS

1. open visual studio
it should show the start screen with an empty solution explorer tree as left or right vertical window.
if the solution explorer is not visible you can open it via menu 'View - Solution Explorer'.
2. open team explorer
the team explorer is available by choosing the next 'tab' of the solution explorer window which normally is a bottom 'tab'.
alternatively, you may use the menu item 'View - Team Explorer'.
3. if successful, the team explorer window (tree) shows instead of the solution explorer.
if tfs is installed properly team explorer automatically should connect to tfs and you should see a tree with items 'Favorites', 'Components', ... in the team explorer.
4. choose the tree item 'Source Control' which also should be available in the tree. if not, you could open it by 'View - Other Windows - Source Control'.

if you come so far the source control explorer would show you a workspace combobox in the title line. if you ever achieved to connect you probably already have a workspace defined (default is the name of your computer). if not, you could create a new workspace by choosing 'Workspaces...' from the combobox.

a workspace is the link between a project version stored at a tfs server somewhere in the network and a local folder at your disks. if once established you can initial download all sources and project files, you can check out and check in files  and keep them synchronized by choosing 'get latest sources'.

Sara
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