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How to rename one or more projects inside solution explorer in Visual Studio.
Developers encounter lots of difficulties while renaming a project structure in a solution inside Visual Studio.
Renaming a project includes
Project name update in solution explorer
Namespace update throughout the project files
Install latest visual studio community edition.
Close Visual Studio.
Rename the folder(s) outside Visual Studio.
Open the solution in Visual Studio, ignoring the warnings.
Go through all unavailable projects and click “F4” key view project properties.
Set the file path to the new folder location.
Right-click > Reload project.
Change the display name of the project. Right-click > Rename.
To rename namespaces, check the optional step below for the full guide.
The article demonstrates the renaming process using the following project structure. Example renaming project name from “HealthChecksv1” to “HealthChecksv2”.
Step 1: Close Visual Studio
Close the project from Visual Studio that you want to rename.
Step 2: Rename folder
Go to the File explorer directory & rename the folder from “HealthChecksv1” to “HealthChecksv2,” as shown below.
Step 3: Open the solution file
Open the solution file in Visual Studio; a warning message will appear as shown below, click “OK.”
It means the Visual Studio is unable to load the project.
Step 4: Open Project properties
Click on the project name and press the “F4” key to open project properties. Now rename the file path as shown below.
Step 5: Reload project
Right-click on the project name & click reload the project. Then rename the project name as highlighted below & save. It will automatically rename the .csproj file.
Optional Step: Rename Namespaces
Select namespace in any of the .cs files, click “Ctrl R + Ctrl R,” and click Apply. Now an option will be available to rename in all files.
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