As described elsewhere, Micro Focus recommends that you always use projects and solutions when using Visual COBOL. If you must work without a project, however, this section includes advice on working without a project when you have a large number of files.
You can use the following features to work with your files without a project:
Visual COBOL supports opening an entire folder with source files in the editor:
Visual Studio shows the folder structure in Solution Explorer and offers limited capabilities for editing the files.
You can edit, compile and debug individual files in Visual COBOL without a project. To open a file:
This feature offers a quick way to edit, compile and debug individual files inside Visual Studio. A number of features of the IDE are not available or have limited support with this, though, and it is not possible to persist Compiler directives on the files.