Form Showing As Class In Visual Studio 2010 Solution Explorer

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Sometimes while working on WinForms applications a very strange thing happens, when I add a new form to the project it shows up as a C# class. This is very annoying because I can not readily get to the design view for that form. Luckily there is a simple fix.

1. Unload the project.
2. Search for the specific form in the xml file.
3. Replace xml with following.

<Compile Include="[formname].cs">
    <SubType>Form</SubType>
</Compile>

4. Save and reload the project.

One thought on “Form Showing As Class In Visual Studio 2010 Solution Explorer

    Jimmy McClaren said:
    August 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Another cause for this is if you subclass another form that has compiler errors. To get your icon back, just rectify the errors and the icon will return.

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