There is an important difference between these two options. If the file in question is shared between several projects and you want any changes that you make from any project to be reflected in the file, then you should link the file. If not, then you should copy the file so that each project has its own distinct copy. These options can be used in combination, but you should be careful to keep track of which project files are linked and which have been copied.
How to Specify the File Add OptionWhen you add an existing item to a project, you will be presented with the standard Open file dialog box. Look carefully at the Open button on this dialog box. You will see a drop-down arrow on the right edge of the button. Clicking on the arrow will display a list of three options:
- Open with
- Link file
Open with allows you to specify an alternative program to open the file with.
Link file leaves the file in its current location and maintains a link to the file from your current project.
Article ID: 306234 - Last Review: May 13, 2008 - Revision: 1