ReSharper 2021.2 Help

Go to Base Symbols

This command allows you to navigate up the inheritance hierarchy to a base type or method of the current symbol. You can invoke this command from the Solution Explorer, from the File Structure window and other tool windows.

Navigation in the opposite direction is available with the Go to Derived Symbols and Go to Implementation commands.

Navigate to a base symbol

  1. Place the caret at a symbol in the editor or select the symbol in a tool window.

  2. Press Control+U or choose ReSharper | Navigate | Base Symbols from the main menu. Alternatively, you can press Control+Shift+A, start typing the command name in the popup, and then choose it there.

  3. If the symbol has only one base symbol, ReSharper will navigate to it directly.

    If necessary, you can change the default behavior so that even the single symbol is displayed in the list. To do so, clear the Go to Base/Inheritor if there is only one... checkbox on the Environment | Search & Navigation page of ReSharper options (Alt+R, O).

  4. If the symbol has more than one base symbol, they will be listed in a drop-down. The list may contain items in both bold and regular font. Bold indicates that an item has direct inheritance, while the regular font is used for indirect inheritance.

    You can do one of the following:

    • Click the desired item to open it in the editor.

    • Select the desired item by pressing Up and Down and then press Enter to open it in the editor.

    • Start typing to filter results. Note that you can use CamelHumps here. If necessary, press Esc once to clear the filtering.

    • To view and analyze the list of matched items in the Find Results window, click Show in Find Results Themed icon search results screen gray, press Shift+Enter or + on the numeric keypad.

    • To show the matched items on the type dependency diagram, press Alt+Num+ or click Show on Diagram Themed icon type layout alt screen gray.

If a method overrides, implements, or hides another method, you can see it by the presence of a special icon (for example, Themed icon overrides screen gray) that appears to the left of the method declaration. Hover the mouse over this icon to see the base type for this method; click the icon to navigate up the methods hierarchy.

ReSharper: Navigate to base symbols from editor gutter

If the item you navigate to belongs to the current solution, ReSharper opens the corresponding file in the editor and places the caret at the symbol declaration. If it is in referenced libraries, ReSharper navigates according to the settings defined on the Tools | External Sources page of ReSharper options (Alt+R, O).

This feature is supported in the following languages and technologies:

Language: C#Language: VB.NETLanguage: C++Language: HTMLLanguage: ASP.NETLanguage: RazorLanguage: JavaScriptLanguage: TypeScriptLanguage: CSSLanguage: XMLLanguage: XAMLLanguage: ResxLanguage: Build ScriptsLanguage: ProtobufLanguage: JSON
Feature is available in C#Feature is available in Visual Basic .NETFeature is available in C++ Feature is not available in HTMLFeature is available in ASP.NETFeature is available in Razor Feature is not available in JavaScriptFeature is available in TypeScript Feature is not available in CSS Feature is not available in XMLFeature is available in XAML Feature is not available in Resource files Feature is not available in build script files Feature is not available in Protobuf Feature is not available in JSON

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.

Last modified: 28 September 2021