ReSharper 2016.1 Help

Quick Start Tips (TL;DR)

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Look and feel

  • You can change colors for everything ReSharper brings into Visual Studio editor. Go to Tools | Options | Environment | Fonts and Colors and find items starting with ReSharper.
  • You can change ReSharper keyboard bindings for any action. Go to Tools | Options | Environment | Keyboard and find items starting with ReSharper.
  • In Visual Studio 2012 and later, you can use the Quick Launch feature to search and execute ReSharper commands.
  • While in the editor, press Alt+Enter and then start typing the name of a ReSharper command that you want to execute (more...).
  • Trying to learn ReSharper shortcuts? First, decide which of the two default shortcut schemes is more convenient to you. Then, use the selector in the right-upper corner of this page to switch shortcuts in help; or download and print a PDF version Visual Studio scheme or ReSharper 2.x / IntelliJ IDEA scheme.

Coding in the editor

  • As soon as you've typed a method signature, e.g. public void Foo(string input, press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to insert all syntax elements that should follow and get in the position where you can continue typing (more...).
  • Do you want to surround some code with a try...catch? Select a logical code block with Ctrl+W, and then use Ctrl+Alt+J. Learn to use other templates available with this shortcut.
  • You can select a block of code and use Ctrl+Shift+Alt + Arrow keys to move this block around (more...).
  • You can view recent clipboard entries with Ctrl+Shift+V and select the one you want to paste (more...).
  • If you open parameter info pop-up (Ctrl+P), you can use Ctrl+P/ Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Space to jump to next/previous signature.
  • Enum completion will automatically insert the Enum type as the prefix. No need to spell it out!
  • Enums completion is CamelHumps-powered. Try typing StringComparison c = oic.
  • With String.Format, you can add a placeholder where the cursor is. Just hit Alt+Enter and choose Insert format argument (more...).
  • If a string literal is too long, hit Enter and ReSharper will automatically put the part of it to the next line and insert the + sign. Delete the + and the string parts will be back together (more...).
  • Moving a property up 3 lines using cut/paste? There is a simpler way to do it: place your cursor on the property, press Ctrl+Shift+Alt and use the up arrow key.
  • Check out completion tips and tricks.

Analyzing code

  • Using [NotNull] and [CanBeNull] attributes can help you find NullReferenceException even before running your code (more...).
  • Right-click on a file, project, solution folder or entire solution in the Solution Explorer and select Find Code Issues to see errors, warnings, and suggestions for the selected item (more...).
  • Don't need a particular inspection? Press Alt+Enter while you at the highlighted code and select Inspection [name of inspection], then you can choose to suppress it with comment or change its severity level to Do not show.
  • You can disable all inspections with a single comment - mark code with // ReSharper disable All and ReSharper will not complain about anything until it meets the corresponding // ReSharper restore All.
  • ReSharper's solution-wide analysis resolves visibility issues: you'll see if an internal member is used outside of its assembly and you'll never miss a single unused non-private member.
  • You can exclude files by masks from code analysis in ReSharper | Options | Code Inspection | Settings | Elements to Skip.
  • You can go to the next/previous code issue in the file by pressing F12/Shift+F12.
  • To find all localizable strings in your solution, set Localizable=Yes and Localizable Inspection=Pessimistic in the properties of the relevant projects, then find any such sting, which will be highlighted with curly underline, press Alt+Enter on it and choose Inspection 'Element is Localizable' | Find similar issues (more...).

Traversing code

Transforming code

  • You can define what context actions you want available in ReSharper | Options | Code Editing | [Language] | Context Actions.
  • Do you have multiple classes in the same file? Fix it fast. Press Ctrl+Shift+R on the file in the Solution Explorer and choose Move Types Into Matching Files (more...).
  • Rename anything, anytime, anywhere with F2. You can do it even in fewer steps - just type in a new name and hit Alt+Enter.
  • You can extract a method from a section of code using Ctrl+Alt+M.
  • Want to move a string literal to a resource file? Press Ctrl+Shift+R anywhere on the string and select Move To Resource (more...).
  • Type in new method signature (change the number or type of parameters, change the return type) and while the signature is highlighted with a grey frame, hit Alt+Enter to apply the Change Signature refactoring.
  • Placing your caret on a property, you can press Alt+Enter to change it from auto-property to a property with a backing field and vice-versa (more...).
  • Press Ctrl+F6 to change the signature of a method and see a preview before applying it. ReSharper will do the rest!
  • Think your code needs a good wash? Use Ctrl+Alt+F and run the Full Cleanup profile (more...).

Generating code

  • Generate various class members in seconds using the Generate command (Alt+Insert).
  • You can add a copyright header to all files via ReSharper | Options | Code Editing | File header text and then run code cleanup for the whole solution (more...).
  • Alt+Insert in the Solution Explorer can create files from your file templates .. and folders too.
  • Type class and hit TAB. Want it public or internal by default? Change the corresponding live template (more...).
  • You can bind any member generation command to its own shortcut. Go to Tools | Options | Environment | Keyboard and look for commands starting with ReSharper_Generate.
  • Create event subscriptions in XAML/ASP.NET WebForms/VB.NET using Alt+Insert and choosing Generate event subscriptions.
  • If you place your caret on a parameter in the constructor and hit Alt+Enter, ReSharper can create a field or property and initialize it for you.
  • Type foreach and hit TAB. ReSharper will start a live template for smart loop generation with type and name suggestions (more...).

Unit testing

  • Use Ctrl+T,L to run all unit tests in the solution (more...).
  • Want to run some particular tests? Select them in editor, right-click and choose Run Unit Tests (more...).
  • Start typing in the Unit Test Explorer Window to filter your tests by name.
  • Filter to failed tests while running them in the Unit Test Sessions Window to see them pleasantly disappearing as they pass (more...).


  • In ASP.NET MVC applications, type return View(" and press Ctrl+Space. IntelliSense will list all available views.
  • Type rta and press TAB. Fill in controller, then action arguments. Now it should be in correct order with IntelliSense!
  • Want to check for missing Views in ASP.NET MVC? Turn on solution-wide analysis. View("Login") will show as red if the Login.aspx is not there.
  • You can use the go to file member command in ASPX/Config files too. Press Ctrl+F12 and look it up!
  • In ASPX pages, navigate to related files (CSS, JavaScipt, User Controls, etc.) with Ctrl+Shift+Alt+G.

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Last modified: 19 August 2016