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Template Types

ReSharper supports three types of code templates:

  • Live templates represent code fragments that can be quickly inserted into your code. The code of the template can be a short expression, a complete construct, or even an entire class or method. Each live template is identified by a Shortcut - a short string of characters such as foreach - that you can type right in the editor to invoke the template. For more information, see Creating Source Code Using Live Templates.
  • Surround templates let you quickly enclose an expression, a single statement or an arbitrary block of code with a predefined code construction, such as for loop, or try...catch statement. Surround templates have no shortcuts, they are identified by their descriptions. See Surrounding Code Fragments with Templates for details.
  • Postfix templates, which are only available for C#, help you transform expressions that you have already typed without jumping backwards. For example, you can type .null after an expression and ReSharper will create an if statement that checks the expression to be null. See Postfix Templates for details.
  • File templates are used to create one or more new files with predefined code, such as a type declaration, unit test, etc. File templates have no shortcuts, they are identified by their descriptions. See Creating Files from Templates and Creating Multi-File Templates for details.

Right after installing ReSHarper, you will find a lot of predefined templates of all types. Predefined templates cover the most common cases for C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, XML, HTML, Razor, CSS, JavaScript, TypeScript and Resx code. Predefined templates also include code snippets for C# and JavaScript imported from Visual Studio. Note that imported Visual Studio snippets are a part of ReSharper installation and you cannot import your custom Visual Studio snippets.

For custom cases, ReSharper provides tools for creating, editing, and sharing user-defined code templates that can cover any particular aspect of your development practices.

This feature is supported in the following languages/technologies:

C# VB.NET C++ HTML ASPX Razor JavaScript TypeScript CSS XML XAML RESX Build Scripts Protobuf
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The instructions and examples given here address the use of the feature in C#. For details specific to other languages, see corresponding topics in the ReSharper by Language section.

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Last modified: 8 January 2016