Using the Integrated SourceSafe Tools in Visual Studio .NET

The backbone of what makes SourceSafe tick is the process of checking files in and out of the VSS database. When you're working in a project under source control, you're using it for any number of reasons. This could be as a backup to your solutions, as a way of keeping version history of files, or as a way to quickly undo changes to a file when something doesn't work as expected. None of these options is possible if you aren't maintaining a history of the changes to your files. For this reason, you must diligently check files in and out of SourceSafe as you need them.

To check a file out of SourceSafe so that you can use it, you can either right-click on the file in the Solution Explorer ...

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