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Quick Documentation

View | Quick Documentation

With Rider, you can quickly review the documentation on a symbol right in the editor. Clickable links in the documentation pop-up help you navigate to related documentation or code.

To view quick documentation for a symbol

  1. Position the caret:
    • At a symbol in the editor.
    • At a symbol in the Structure window or any other Rider tool window.
    • Anywhere within a documentation comment.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+F1 or choose View | Quick Documentation in the main menu.
  3. In the Quick Documentation pop-up that appears, you can study symbol documentation and follow hyperlinks to view related documentation.
    Quick documentation pop-up

Additional capabilities of the Quick Documentation pop-up window include:

  • Pin window button /help/img/dotnet/2017.2/ThemedIcon.Pin.Screen.[Gray].png that comes in handy whenever you need to preserve the contents of the Quick Documentation window before switching back to the editor. After you click this button, the window will stay on top of the editor while you work with other user interface items.
  • Browser-like back/forward navigation buttons in the top left corner of the window.
  • Hyperlinks that let you navigate to documentation for related entities, including:
    • The read more link that opens a relevant MSDN article for system symbols.
    • The go to link that brings you to the symbol declaration.

For overridden and implemented members, the following convention applies:

  • If an overriding/implemented member does not have comments but its base member does, base member comments are shown.
  • If they both have comments, those of the overriding/implemented member are shown.
Last modified: 11 October 2017

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