Clone Visual studio 2013 solution

Posted on 2016-11-16
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I have a vs2013 solution (vb.net) that has a lot of functionality that I would like to use for a different project I am working on

Is it possible to clone the existing one (and leave the existing one in tact)  into a solution with a  different name so that I can leverage the functionality.
Question by:johnnyg123
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Sure but it sounds to me that you really need to consider building a dependency project that contains the relevant implementation details as a dll.  This way you don't have to worry about copying code into multiple locations.  Rather you just reference the dll in your projects.

It also make it easier for you to make global changes.  Instead of having to open, modify and recompile each application that needs the change, you only have to open, modify and recompile the dll.


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Appreciate the suggestion

I guess for now can you please tell me how to clone it?
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it_saige earned 2000 total points
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Depending on the complexity of the project it can be as simple as copying the folder contents of the original project into a new folder, open the project from the new folder and changing any relevant information; e.g. - solution/project name.

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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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you could also add another project to the solution and select which project to start

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Thanks for suggestions

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