dotPeek 2022.2 Help

Analyze 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, for example Find Usages automatically display the results in this window. For other actions, you can do it manually when a popup with the search results is displayed — click Show in Find Results Themed icon search results screen gray, press Shift+Enter or + on the numeric keypad .

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 Windows | Find Results in the main menu or by pressing Control+Alt+U. Tabs with search results are preserved until you close the solution.

dotPeek: Open results in new tab

To open a specific result in the code viewer, double-click it or press Enter.

To study the source code of the selected item right in the window, click Show Preview Themed icon preview toggle screen gray on the toolbar. If necessary, you can locate the preview pane at the bottom or on the right.

Filter search results

To filter search results by name, just start typing the part of the name in the window.

Search results of most navigation and search commands can be further filtered by the kind of occurrence.

  • To show only read or write usages, click Themed icon usage read screen gray or Themed icon usage write screen gray on the toolbar.

  • Click Filter Usages Themed icon filter screen gray and choose which kinds of occurrences should be displayed.

  • To clear the filtering, click Filter Usages Themed icon filter screen gray and choose Show all usages.

  • To hide some occurrences, select one or more items or grouping nodes, and press Delete or right-click and choose Ignore. Selected occurrences will be hidden from the current results view. You can use the Show Ignored Usages Themed icon ignore errors screen gray button on the toolbar to show or hide ignored items, which are displayed in grey. To stop ignoring items, select them and press Insert or right-click and choose Undo Ignore.

Group search results

Search results are shown as a tree view, which can be displayed in various hierarchical orders. The default order depends on the initial search, but you can always change it with the Group by selector on the toolbar.

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 Themed icon merge screen gray 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 Themed icon kind screen gray 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 (that is, if they are usages of a specific symbol, symbols derived from a specific symbol, and so on), you can display them in the type dependency diagram by clicking Show on Diagram Themed icon type layout alt screen gray 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 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.

Last modified: 01 August 2022