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Inlay Hints for C++

CLion Nova adds new inlay hints to the CLion hint set and introduces a Push-to-Hint mode.

CLion Nova inlay hints

Parameter name hints

Parameter name hints are editor adornments that show parameter names next to the corresponding arguments at method calls. They can help you find your way through long (and sometimes nested) lists of parameters in function calls and aggregate initialization.

In the example below, parameter name hints help to spot the fact that height and width arguments are mixed up:

Parameter name hints

Parameter name hints show the names of the members you are initializing and help disentangle complex aggregate initializations in C++17 and later:

Parameter name hints in aggregate initialization

Type name hints

Type name hints help you when a type is deduced automatically by the compiler from the surrounding code. CLion Nova provides type name hints for auto variables, function and lambda return types, in structured bindings, dependent code, and after function calls.

Auto variables

This kind of hints is available for variables with automatically deduced type, which use the auto or decltype(auto) type specifiers. By default, the hint will be hidden if the deduced type is clear from the initializer expression, for example when the initializer is a constructor call, a constant, or an explicit cast.

Type name hints for auto variables

Structured bindings

In C++17’s structured binding declarations, type hints are especially useful since the type of a structured binding cannot be explicitly specified.

Type name hints for structured bindings

Type conversion hints

Type conversion hints help make hidden implicit conversions visible, so that you are aware of potential performance and correctness implications.

CLion Nova displays hints for different kinds of class type conversions, including object copying, object initialization using converting constructors or aggregate initialization, and calls to conversion operators.

Type conversion hints

You can also enable hints for standard conversions between built-in types, for example, conversions between numeric types that might lose precision or change the signedness of the type.

Other: Preprocessor directive hints

Preprocessor directive hints help you quickly understand how conditional inclusions (#ifdef, #ifndef, #if, #endif, #else, and #elif) correspond to macro definitions:

Preprocessor directive hints

Push-to-Hint mode

Inlay hints can be helpful, but on the other hand they take editor space and may seem redundant in some cases.

The Push-to-Hint mode (enabled by default) lets you keep the hints hidden, and only view them when needed by pressing and holding the Ctrl key.

To change the hints visibility, use the Default visibility switcher in Settings | Editor | Inlay Hints | C++:

Inlay hints visibility iptions
Last modified: 23 February 2024