Connect to projects in Team Explorer

Applies to: yesVisual Studio noVisual Studio for Mac


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Use the Team Explorer tool window to coordinate your code efforts with other team members to develop a project, and to manage work that's assigned to you, your team, or your projects. Team Explorer connects Visual Studio to Git and GitHub repositories, Team Foundation version control (TFVC) repositories, and projects hosted on Azure DevOps Services or an on-premises Azure DevOps Server (formerly known as TFS). You can manage source code, work items, and builds.

Team Explorer Home page in Visual Studio


If you open Visual Studio and Team Explorer doesn't appear, open it by choosing View > Team Explorer from the menu bar, or by pressing Ctrl+\, Ctrl+M.

Connect to a project or repository

Connect to a project or repository on the Connect page.

Connect page in Team Explorer

To connect to a project:

  1. Open the Connect page by choosing the Manage Connections icon.

    Manage Connections button in Team Explorer

  2. On the Connect page, choose Manage Connections > Connect to a project.

    Connect to a project in Team Explorer


If you want to open a project from a repo, see Open a project from a repo. If you want to create a new project or add users to a project, see Create a project (Azure DevOps) and Add users to a project or team (Azure DevOps).

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