Not able add reference or browse files in visual studio 2012


  • Hello guys,

    i am not able to add reference or browse files in visual studio 2012 the file dialog does not pop up please help 

    Monday, January 11, 2016 11:02 AM


  • Hi Muhammed Mehraj,

    Thanks for your post.

    Could you please tell what’s your project type?

    If possible. Please provide us a screenshot of your UI.

    I did a test in my side using VS2012 Update 5 and  I can add the reference successfully.

    So I suggest you could try to create a new project then add the reference and browser files.

    1. If you could add the reference successfully for a new created project.

    I suppose there is something wrong with your project.  In this case, I suggest you could create a new project and copy files to the new project then try it again.

    2. If you were not able to add the reference even for a new created project.

    In this case, I think there might something wrong with your VS2012.

    Try to repair your VS2012 or install VS2012 Update5 then try it again.

    In addition. If you were adding the web server reference to the project.

    You could follow the steps below:

    1. In Solution Explorer, right-click the name of the project that you want to add the service to, and then click Add Service Reference.

    The Add Service Reference dialog box appears.

    2. In the Add Service Reference dialog box, click the Advanced button.

    The Service Reference Settings dialog box appears.

    3. In the Service Reference Settings dialog box, click Add Web Reference.

    The Add Web Reference dialog box appears

    Best Regards,

    Lake Xiao

    Tuesday, January 12, 2016 5:33 AM