How to remove all excluded files from a project?

Hi there, 

is there are way to find and remove all those files from a project, which are excluded from build? I use VS2013 and a C++ project.


Why do I want this?:

I want to move some configurations of my huge project into a separate project which only includes those selected configurations.

Currently my huge project is organised in several configs for several products, e.g.:

  • ProductA_Debug (32-/64-Bit)
  • ProductA_Release (32-/64-Bit)
  • ProductB_Debug (32-/64-Bit)
  • ProductB_Release (32-/64-Bit)

So I want ProductB (Debug + Release in 32+64 Bit) to be in a new separate project. I duplicated the project file and want now to remove all those files, which are already excluded from build of  ProductB configuration (Debug + Release in 32+64 Bit). That is, why I want to find excluded files. Unfortunately the solution map explorer of Visual Studio 2013 does not support a filter like this.


What I tried:

  • Project -> Context menu -> Find -> Remove unused References: "ReSharper is thinking" -> but nothing happens after "updating source files" finishes.

Thanks for your help! I appreciate.



Unfortunately, R++ can't help you with this. "Remove unused References" is a refactoring targeted only to managed projects, and it should be disabled for native ones (I believe this is the case at least for R# 10).

If you've got lots of files in your projects, I suppose the easiest way to split them would be to write a simple XML parser which would go through your .vcxproj files and drop the files which are excluded from build in the current configuration.



Hello Igor,

thanks for your answer. Does it mean, that the normal .vcxproj file is a native project independent of being in a solution or not? Is it possible to convert it to a managed one?

And "Remove unused References" does remove the "#include" lines of my code?

Thank you!
best regards


"Remove unused References" works only for C# and VB projects, since R# is able to analyze imports inside of them and deduce dependencies on which projects/assemblies are necessary, so unfortunately it's of no help for C++ projects.

Have a good day!


Ok, thank you.

Have a nice day too!


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