PhpStorm 2018.2 Help

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:





Group by file structure

If this toggle is on, the found usages are shown under the corresponding method nodes.


Merge usages from the same line

Merge usages of the symbol from the same line.

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Show read access

Show read access to the symbol.

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Show write access

Show write access to the symbol.

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Show import statements

Show usages in the import statements.

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Open the Find Usages dialog box for the selected symbol where you can change the search options.

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Open Find Usages tool window/Alt+F7

Click 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.

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  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 icons general gearPlain svg.

    • Press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F7.

Last modified: 21 November 2018

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