JetBrains Rider 2017.2 Help

Quick-Start Tips

Look and feel

  • You can change JetBrains Rider keyboard bindings for any action: press Ctrl+Alt+S and go to Keymap.
  • While in the editor, press Alt+Enter and then start typing the name of a JetBrains Rider command that you want to execute (more...).

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+Alt+Right, press Alt+Enter and then choose a template under Surround with....
  • 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.
  • Enum completion will automatically insert the Enum type as the prefix. No need to spell it out!
  • 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 JetBrains Rider 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 other typing assistance features.

Analyzing code

Traversing code

  • You can press Ctrl+T to quickly locate a type, method, or basically everything, while Ctrl+Shift+T lets you locate files without other suggestions.
  • Place your caret on the using (or import if you work with VB.NET) directive and press Shift+F12. JetBrains Rider will show where exactly this namespace is used (Finding Usages of a Symbol).
  • Forgot where you were editing just now? Go to last edit location with Ctrl+Shift+Backspace.
  • Want to locate where the current symbol is declared real fast? Press F12 or just right-click the symbol.
  • When locating CustomerServicesTest using Ctrl+T or any other navigation command, you don't need to type the whole thing. Just use CamelHumps and type cst.
  • Alt+Home takes you to the base type and Alt+End takes you to inheritors of the current type.
  • Do you want to move to the next member in a class? Alt+Down will take you there; Alt+Up will bring you back (more...).
  • Search for anything (usages, implementations etc.) fetches to the Find Results window. Use it then to navigate between search results with Ctrl+Alt+Down/Ctrl+Alt+Up (more...).
  • To explore the stack trace that is currently in your clipboard, just press Ctrl+E, T.

Transforming code

  • 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 Ctrl+R, R. 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+R, M.
  • 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+R, S to change the signature of a method and see a preview before applying it. JetBrains Rider will do the rest!

Generating code

  • Generate various class members in seconds using the Generate command (Alt+Insert).
  • Alt+Insert in the Solution Explorer can create files from your file templates .. and folders too.
  • 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, JetBrains Rider can create a field or property and initialize it for you.
  • Type foreach and hit TAB. JetBrains Rider will start a live template for smart loop generation with type and name suggestions.

Unit testing

  • Use Ctrl+U, 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 Tests window to filter your tests by name.
  • Filter to failed tests while running them in the Unit Tests 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 Alt+\ and look it up!
Last modified: 27 December 2017

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