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Visual Studio 2010/2008/2005 – how can i check who has a specific file checked out in tfs? (via: Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/05/26

When you are using Team Foundation System (TFS) for version control, the project manager sometimes shows a file as being checked out by someone else, but it doesn’t show who that someone else is.

The reason is that the Project Manager only has generic knowledge about version control systems. However, the Source Control Explorer has specific knowledge about TFS.

So when you look in the Properties Window for the path of the file you are interested in, then you can use the Source Control Explorer to locate the file, and find out who has checked out that file.

There are other tools that can even give your more information than the Source Control Explorer:

  • the TF command-line application (on your PATH when you start the Visual Studio Command Prompt shortcut) to obtain extra information.
  • the Team Foundation Sidekicks (free; version 3.0 is for Team Foundation Server 2010; 2.4 is for Team Foundation Server 2008/2005) even produce most of that info from a GUI.
These two Stack Overflow questions were relevant in answering the above:

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