Earlier I was using ForceCode extension in VS Code. It had a nice feature to retrieve files ( Apex ) from server. You enter characters in the search box and it will show filtered list of Apex in a dropdown with check boxes. This was a nice way of quickly browsing Apex files on server without actually retrieving it. Now I have switched completely to SF Extension pack for my work. Say, I don't know the actual file name I want to retrieve from server and I want to be able to browse just like ForceCode did and then click/select file. How is this done using SF extnsions alone? Is there a Retrieve file menu option for SFDX in VS Code?

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The Salesforce Extension Pack has that feature called "Org Browser". Once you create a project and authorize an org you will be able to see the list of all metadata components in the org browser.

In the org browser, you get two buttons, one to refresh the list of components, and the second one to retrieve those by clicking the downloading button.

If expanded, you can also retrieve individual metadata items, like apex class, lwc, etc.

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  • I'm not seeing that in mine. Is that something you have to explicitly add or activate, or be in a certain context to see? I opened the Command Pallete (Ctrl+Shift+P) and found and clicked on View: Show Org Browser; but I saw nothing appear.
    – Moonpie
    Jul 23, 2020 at 11:29
  • It's in the left sidebar. As shown in the above image. @Moonpie Jul 23, 2020 at 11:48
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    This feature is definitely going to be a productivity booster for developers as it shows not just Apex and LWC but all metadata. Developer can see all configurable metadata without logging in to an org through front end!!
    – vino
    Jul 23, 2020 at 17:20
  • @vinod Indeed, also you don't need to change the package.xml Jul 23, 2020 at 17:40
  • It does not appear in mine. I did look there first! :) I am on Version 49.1.0, which is indicated is the current one. You did not have to do anything to "activate" it?
    – Moonpie
    Jul 23, 2020 at 19:54

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