Highlighting of matching code elements
When you move through the code using the keyboard, ReSharper helps you quickly understand code structure by highlighting code elements that match the one where your caret is
ReSharper highlights the opening or closing delimiter (
<>) when you set the caret at its pair. Any opening parenthesis, bracket, brace or quote (altogether called "delimiters") can be highlighted with color or outline whenever you place the caret at the corresponding closing delimiter, and vice versa.
If necessary, you can disable highlighting of matching delimiters or configure their behavior:
When to highlight matching delimiters: when the caret is directly to the left or to the right of one of the delimiters or only when it is at the outer side.
Whether to highlight matching delimiters with a configurable background color
or with an outline border:
To define how ReSharper highlights matching delimiters, use the Highlight matching delimiters preference on the page of ReSharper options (Alt+R, O).
To specify the color to highlight matching delimiters, go to Visual Studio options (Environment | Fonts and Colors page, and select the desired colors for the ReSharper Brace Outline and/or ReSharper Matched Brace items.), open the
Matching control flow keywords
ReSharper highlights matching control flow keywords such as
throw together with the corresponding return type;
else that are parts of the same condition;
default together with the corresponding
continue with the corresponding
while; as well as related
await keywords in the same method.
In the example below, ReSharper highlights all places where the method can return when the caret is at one of the
You can configure some of these highlightings with the Highlight context exits and Highlight related async/await keywords options on the page of ReSharper options (Alt+R, O).
Matching logical and conditional operators
ReSharper highlights matching logical and conditional operators (
&&, as well as
? pairs) that work together in a complex expressions when your caret is at one of such operators.
In the example below, %product helps understand that the highlighted operators will be evaluated together, while the
value1 > 1 || value2 >= 2 && condition1 part will be evaluated before, and the
|| value6 %lt; value7 || condition2 part will be evaluated after, according to the operator precedence.
You can disable this highlighting by clearing the Highlight condition elements checkbox on the page of ReSharper options (Alt+R, O).
This feature is supported in the following languages and technologies:
The instructions and examples given here address the use of the feature in C#. For details specific to other languages, see corresponding topics in the ReSharper by language section.