ReSharper 2020.3 Help

To-do Lists

ReSharper | Windows | To-do Explorer

ReSharper provides an easy way to track tasks and technical debt in your code — code items (comments, string literals, or identifiers) matching a specific pattern can be easily located in the editor as well as in the whole solution using the To-do Explorer window.

Configuring editor and marker bar colors for ReSharper's To-do items

To-do patterns

By default, ReSharper provides three predefined patterns for commonly used To-do items of the following types:

  • A comment containing TODO - Normal

  • A comment containing BUG - Error

  • A NotImplementedException in the code - Edit

You can also define your own patterns, so that you could quickly access your specific technical debt items in the To-do Explorer window.

Define a custom To-do pattern

  1. Open the Tools | To-do Explorer page of ReSharper options ( Alt+R, O ).

  2. Click Add on the toolbar.

  3. Provide a title for your To-do pattern and specify a regular expression with keywords that you want to detect in comments. For example, (\W|^)(?<TAG>Refactor)(\W|$)(.*).

  4. Select where ReSharper should apply the expression to find the To-do items (comments, strings, and/or identifiers).

  5. Optionally, specify whether the pattern is case sensitive.

  6. Select a type for the pattern to define how matched items will be colored in the editor and in the To-do Explorer window.

  7. Click OK to add this pattern to the list.

  8. You can also duplicate, edit or remove existing patterns.

  9. Click Save in the Options dialog to apply the modifications and let ReSharper choose where to save them, or save the modifications to a specific settings layer using the Save To list. For more information, see Manage and Share ReSharper Settings.

Link To-do items to external URLs

In a To-do pattern, you can add a placeholder for items that will point to an external URL. This comes in particularly handy for issue trackers — you can use IDs of the issues in your comments, and ReSharper will let you open the corresponding issues in the browser or directly in the editor peek view.

Suppose your project is on GiHub and you want to add comments for GitHub issues in your code. All you have to do is create a custom To-do pattern for that:

  • Regular expression: (?<=\W|^)(?<TAG>GH \#(?<ISSUE_ID>\d+))(\W|$)(.*)


ReSharper. To-do pattern that recognizes GitHub issues

ReSharper will now treat GH #XX in your comments as links to the corresponding GitHub issues.

ReSharper. To-do link to GitHub issue from the comment

Besides Ctrl -clicking on these comments, you can also Ctrl+Shift -click to open the link in the editor peek preview. Both ways of navigating to the URLs are also available from the Alt+Enter menu.

  1. Press Control+Alt+OemPeriod or choose ReSharper | Windows | To-do Explorer from the main menu . Alternatively, you can press Control+Shift+A , start typing the command name in the popup, and then choose it there.

Group and filter To-do items

By default, the To-Do Explorer lists to-do items based on project structure. If necessary, you can change grouping options using the Group by selector. You can disable grouping, group by tags, types, namespaces, directories, projects.

ReSharper: Grouping To-do items

Depending on the size and age of the codebase, there may be lots of To-do items. To concentrate on specific items, you can filter To-do items by pattern (for example, TODO or BUG) — just select the desired patterns in the Filter ThemedIcon Filter Screen Gray png selector to display items matching the corresponding patterns and hide all others.

This feature is supported in the following languages and technologies:

Language: C# Language: VB.NET Language: C++ Language: HTML Language: ASP.NET Language: Razor Language: JavaScript Language: TypeScript Language: CSS Language: XML Language: XAML Language: Resx Language: Build Scripts Language: Protobuf Language: JSON
Feature is available in C# Feature is available in Visual Basic .NET Feature is available in C++ Feature is available in HTML Feature is available in ASP.NET Feature is available in Razor Feature is available in JavaScript Feature is available in TypeScript Feature is available in CSS Feature is available in XML Feature is available in XAML Feature is available in Resource files Feature is available in build script files Feature is 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: 21 August 2020