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Viewing Usages of a Symbol

Using the Show Usages function, you can bring up a list of the usages of a symbol across the whole project. So doing, the pop-up window with the list of usages of a symbol features a toolbar with the following buttons:

IconTooltip/ShortcutDescription
mergeUsagesMerge usages from the same lineMerge usages of the symbol from the same line.
showReadAccessShow read accessShow read access to the symbol.
showWriteAccessShow write accessShow write access to the symbol.
showImportStatementsShow import statementsShow usages in the import statements.
groupByFileStructureGroup by file structureIf this button is pressed, the found usages show under the corresponding method nodes.
settingsSettings.../Ctrl+Alt+SOpen the Find Usages dialog box for the selected symbol where you can change the search options.
pin greyOpen Find Usages tool window/Alt+F7Click this button to pin the Show Usages pop-up window and show usages in the Find Usages tool window.

To view the usages of a symbol across the project

  1. Place the caret at the desired symbol in the editor.
  2. On the main menu, choose Edit | Find | Show Usages, or press Ctrl+Alt+F7. PhpStorm displays the Show Usages pop-up window which lists all occurrences of the symbol at caret.
    ws show usages
  3. Examine and analyze the detected occurrences of a symbol:
    • Use the toolbar buttons to present search results in the desired way.
    • To jump from search results to a line of source code, click the desired entry.
    • To close the list, press Escape.
  4. If necessary, customize the search options in the search options dialog box. To invoke the dialog box, do one of the following:
    • In the Show Usages pop-up window, click settings1.
    • Press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F7.
Last modified: 3 November 2017

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