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The layout of the Solution Explorer section on my Visual Studio 2022 is on the right, is there a way to move it to the left? I need the Explorer on the left so it looks like the solution explorer for all the Jetbrains IDEs, which have their project file browser on the left? enter image description here

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  • Yes; Just drag and drop and a docking mechanic will be shown
    – Ramhound
    Mar 22, 2022 at 13:36

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I need the Explorer on the left so it looks like the solution explorer for all the Jetbrains IDEs, which have their project file browser on the left?

Just drag and drop onto the mechanic and dock the solution explorer window to the left side of the window.

You must drop the panel onto the fastener, in the position you wish it to be docked (in the case, the rectangle on the left of the fastener, highlighted with a red circle).

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  • And an article on the same docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/ide/… Mar 22, 2022 at 13:41
  • it floats on the left, but does not dock, though it drags but does not show me a preview for docking when i ove it around the left section
    – Dong Li
    Mar 22, 2022 at 14:08
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    Grab it and drop it onto the left-most rectangle on the fastener. "Tool windows can be fastened to one side of a frame in the IDE or within the editing frame. A guide diamond appears when you drag a tool window to another location to help you to easily redock the window." Have a look at the article I linked above. Mar 22, 2022 at 14:21
  • @spikey_richie, thatis the information the answer did not include and is needed for a succesful dock to the left, Thanks
    – Dong Li
    Mar 22, 2022 at 14:27
  • @Ramhound I've updated the answer to make it clearer. Hope that's cool with you. Mar 22, 2022 at 14:40
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First, you Drag the Solution Explorer, then the guide diamond will appear.

The guide diamond:

The guide diamond

After that, you move the cursor to the left most square in the guide then Drop the panel.

Document here: Customize window layouts in Visual Studio - Dock Windows.

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    thanks mate +1 for u
    – NMukama
    Oct 12, 2022 at 12:29
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    Thanks, MS' own explanation is garbage and assumes you already know to do this even if it's been years since your last VS version upgrade,
    – Dave S
    May 16, 2023 at 17:09
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I'm using Ubuntu 22.04 with Visual Studio 1.85 and you can click with right button on the explorer area and choose which side you want to move the explorer like the image.

right click to change explorer position

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