Display deleted items in the Microsoft Visual Studio Source Control Explorer

When you delete a file or folder in TFS by default it is no longer displayed in the Source Control Explorer. To be able to “undelete” a file or folder enable the visibility of deleted items in Microsoft Visual Studio.

To see deleted items in the Source Control Explorer

  • Start Visual Studio
  • In the Tools menu select Options
  • On the left side expand Source Control
  • On the left side select Visual Studio Team Foundation Server
  • On the right side check Show deleted items in the Source Control Explorer
  • Click OK to save your changes

visual studio tfs show deleted items in source control explorer

To “undelete” a file or folder

  • Start Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Open the Source Control Explorer window
    • In the View menu select Other Windows
    • In the list select Source Control Explorer

In the Source Control Explorer window navigate to the location of the deleted item. Deleted files and folders are displayed in gray with a special icons.

visual studio tfs deleted folders in source control explorer

  •  Right click the item and select Undelete