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Part 3. Find usages


Finding usages is another search facility, which can also be perceived as the navigation feature. Suppose, you want to find all the usages of a certain class or method across the entire project, which could amount to a huge number of occurrences!

This is where PyCharm comes to help. Let's see how.

Finding all usages

For example, let's find all usages the class Mammalia, and then navigate to one of the encountered usages.

Place the caret at the class declaration, and press Alt+F7. The encountered usages of this class show up in the Find tool window:

Find usages

If you select one of the usages in the Find tool window and press Enter, PyCharm will open the corresponding file in the editor, with the caret at the class Mammalia usage:

Discovered class is opened in the editor

By the way, you can find this action from the context menu of any symbol; for example, from the context menu of the class Mammalia.

This way you can find usages of a symbol with the default settings (across the entire project, overwriting the contents of one tab in the Find tool window).

Other types of finding usages

Besides finding usages, PyCharm provides several other actions performing actually the same task, but in a slightly different manner. All these actions are available from the main menu (Edit | Find Usages ):

Open Find Usages Tool window from the main menu

Some of these actions are mapped to the keyboard shortcuts by default. Let's explore them in details.

Changing search options, or finding usages via dialog

Place the caret at the declaration of a symbol, for example, at the declaration of the method feeds, and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F7. You see the dialog, where you can change the search options. For example, you prefer to look for usages of a method in the open files, and open each search results in a new tab in the Find tool window:

Find usages in a dialog

Click the button Find: PyCharm shows a new tab in the Find tool window, with the found usage of the method feeds. Double-click this entry (or use the arrow keys and Enter) - PyCharm opens the editor with the caret at the corresponding usage:

Find usages

Viewing usages as a list

In some cases, viewing usages in the Find tool window seems inconvenient. PyCharm provides an action that shows usages as a list. For example, let's see the usages of the class Placentalia.

So place the caret at the class declaration, and then press Ctrl+Alt+F7 (or choose Edit | Find Usages | Show Usages from the main menu):

Show Usages results window

If you select one of the usages using the arrow keys and Enter (for example. class Feline ), PyCharm will jump to the corresponding usage and place the caret at it.

Now look at the toolbar of the popup. If you still think that it would be nice to view usages in the Find tool window, click the pin button pin. The list disappears, and instead you see the search results in the well-known Find tool window.

Finally, if you are not happy with the search options, click Icons general settings to show the dialog.

Viewing usages in the current file

To view usages of a symbol in the current file, press Ctrl+Shift+F7 (or choose Edit | Find | Highlight Usages from the main menu):

highlight usages

As you see, each of the usages is marked with a stripe in the scrollbar. When you hover your mouse pointer over such a marker, a balloon with the description of a specific usage appears. If you click the stripes, you can navigate from one usage to another.


This tutorial is over - congrats! Here you've learned how to:

  • Use the various Find Usages operations.

  • Use the right gutter as the source of information.

What's next?

Let's proceed with Part 4 and see how to navigate using Navigation bar only.

Last modified: 06 April 2021