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File Operations with Platform-Specific Files

You can perform all file operations that AppBuilder supports on platform-specific files. You cannot perform file operations on the file groups that nest the platform-specific files.

AppBuilder identifies and maintains files named name.platform.extension or name.configuration.platform.extension as platform-specific files. When you add platform-specific files to your app, AppBuilder shows them as file groups in the Project Navigator in the classic Windows desktop client, the universal desktop client and the in-browser client and in the Solution Explorer in the extension for Visual Studio. For example, AppBuilder identifies name.ios.extension as iOS-specific, name.wp8.extension as Windows Phone-specific and name.android.extension as Android-specific and places them in the name.extension file group.

Edit

You can open and edit individual platform-specific files as any other file in your app. You cannot open file groups for editing.

Save

You can save changes to individual platform-specific files as any other file in your app. You cannot save changes to entire file groups.

Move by Dragging

You can move individual platform-specific files only. You cannot move file groups.

If needed, AppBuilder will create a new file group for your moved files.

If you move all files in the file group, AppBuilder removes the file group.

Cut, Copy and Paste

You can cut, copy and paste individual platform-specific files only. You cannot cut, copy and paste file groups.

If needed, AppBuilder will create a new file group for your moved files.

If you move all files in the file group, AppBuilder removes the file group.

Rename

You can rename individual platform-specific files only. You cannot rename file groups.

You can rename a platform-specific file to a platform-specific or a non-platform-specific name. The new file name must meet the AppBuilder requirements for file and folder names.

If needed, AppBuilder will create a new file group for your renamed file. If you rename all files in a file group, AppBuilder removes the file group.

Delete

You can delete individual platform-specific files only. You cannot delete file groups.

If you delete all files in the file group, AppBuilder removes the file group.

Version Control

You can run version control operations on individual platform-specific files. You cannot run version control operations on file groups.

In the in-browser client, the universal desktop client and the classic Windows desktop client, version control icons appear next to individual platform-specific files and do not appear for the file group.

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