Analyzing Search Results
If any of the dotPeek's navigation and search actions produces multiple results, these results can be displayed in the Find Results window, which provides a lot of ways to analyze the search results.
Some actions, e.g. Find Usages automatically display the results in this window. For other actions, you can do it manually by clicking Show in Find Results or press + on the numeric keypad when a pop-up with the search results is displayed.
Results of each new navigation or search action are displayed in a new tab of the Find Results window, so you can easily get back to previous searches.
If you close the Find Results window, you can always reopen it by choosing in the main menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+U. Tabs with search results are preserved until you close the solution.
Viewing the code related to a search result
To open a specific result in the code viewer, double-click on it or press Enter.
To study the source code of the selected item right in the window, click Show Preview on the toolbar. If necessary, you can locate the preview pane on the bottom of on the right.
Filtering search results
To filter search results by name, just start typing the part of the name in the window.
if the search results were obtained with the Find Usages action, you can filter the results by the kind of symbol usage or hide some usages.
- To show only read or write usages, click or on the toolbar.
- To show other kinds of usages, click Filter Usages and choose a specific usage kind.
- To clear the filtering, click Show all usages .
- To hide some usages, select one or more usages or grouping nodes, and press Delete or right-click and choose Ignore. Selected usages will be hidden from the current results view. You can use the Show Ignored Usages button on the toolbar to show or hide ignored usages, which are displayed in grey. When ignored usages are shown, you can right-click on them and choose Undo Ignore to stop ignoring them.
Grouping search results
By default, all results are shown as separate items. Sometimes it can be convenient to display all results found in the same line as a single item. To do so, click Merge Occurrences on the Same Line on the toolbar.
Search results can be displayed in various hierarchical orders. The default order depends on the initial search but you can always change it by using the Group by selector on the toolbar.
You can also group search results by kind of usage - that is, how exactly the target item is used at different places - for example, declaration, invocation, parameter, method return, and so on. To do so, click Toggle grouping by kind on the toolbar.
If you want to display results as a plain list, select None in the Group by selector.
Other actions with search results
If the search results are related to each other (i.e. if they are usages of a specific symbol, symbols derived from a specific symbol, etc.), you can display them in the type dependency diagram by clicking Show on Diagram on the toolbar.
If any symbol or a grouping node is not the target of the usages search in the current tab, you can find usages of this symbol or find usages of related symbols right from the Find Results window. To do so, right-click on this item and choose the corresponding action in the context menu, or alternatively, press Alt+F7 or Shift+Alt+F7.
This feature is inspired by and borrowed from JetBrains ReSharper, a developer productivity tool for Microsoft Visual Studio.