JetBrains Rider 2020.2 Help

Examples of Quick-Fixes

Quick-fixes are available in a variety of circumstances, which is too large to be listed. JetBrains Rider provides a total of more than 1200 quick-fixes in all supported languages. Here we will show how to use them using a small selection of situations:

Type mismatch

Whenever the type of an expression cannot be implicitly cast to the type applicable to the expression context, JetBrains Rider detects this error and highlights it in the editor. After positioning the caret at the highlighted error and pressing Alt+Enter, you can choose a quick-fix from the following list:

JetBrains Rider: Type mismatch quick-fix

The effects of applying the proposed quick-fixes are illustrated in the table below.

Quick-fixEffect
Cast to string
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Safely cast to string
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Change type of o to string
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Change type of s to object
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Call ToString()
JetBrains Rider: Type mismatch quick-fix

Undefined variable

Whenever JetBrains Rider detects an undefined variable in your code, the error is highlighted. After positioning the caret at the highlighted error and pressing Alt+Enter you will be presented with the following list of quick-fixes:

JetBrains Rider: Undefined variable quick-fix

The effects of applying the proposed quick-fixes are illustrated in the table below.

Quick-fixEffect
Create local variable s A new local variable s is created proposing you to choose the desired type.
Create parameter s in the containing method

A new parameter is added to the method signature:

JetBrains Rider: Undefined variable quick-fix
Create other

Opens a sub-menu where you can choose to create a field or a property in the corresponding class. For example, if you choose to create a field, a new private field s is created in the current class. The following suggestion appears helping you to choose the correct type of the new field:

JetBrains Rider: Undefined variable quick-fix
Change all s

If you choose Change all, the following suggestion displays:

JetBrains Rider: Undefined variable quick-fix

Type the new name only once; JetBrains Rider changes all the other occurrences of the undefined variable:

JetBrains Rider: Undefined variable quick-fix

Undefined method call

Whenever JetBrains Rider detects a call to an undefined method in your code, the error gets highlighted. After positioning the caret at the highlighted error and pressing Alt+Enter, JetBrains Rider displays the following list of quick-fixes:

JetBrains Rider: Undefined method call quick-fix

After applying a quick-fix, the code gets modified as shown in the following table:

Quick-fixEffect
Create method ResolveManagedReference

This quick-fix declares a new method with the signature derived from the method call, benefiting developers who prefer top-down programming. In our example, JetBrains Rider creates the following declaration, correctly guessing the return type:

JetBrains Rider: Undefined method call quick-fix

JetBrains Rider also suggests applicable types and a name for the parameter of the new method:

JetBrains Rider: Undefined method call quick-fix
Create other

This sub-menu includes other quick-fixes involving creation of auxiliary code. For example:

  • Create parameter ResolveManagedReference in containing method and update hierarchy.
    This quick-fix creates a new parameter in the current method from the unresolved symbol, and introduces this parameter into any base members and inheritors that the method may have.

  • Create parameter ResolveManagedReference in containing method
    This quick-fix creates a new parameter in the current method from the unresolved symbol but doesn't update its base methods or inheritors.

Change all ResolveManagedReference Similarly to the corresponding quick-fix for undefined variables, this quick-fix allows you to quickly replace all occurrences of the symbol someMethod.

Forgotten method return

If a method is expected to return a value but you forgot to provide a return statement, JetBrains Rider warns you about that by highlighting the closing bracket of the troublesome method. After positioning the caret at the highlighted error and pressing Alt+Enter you will be presented with the following quick-fixes:

JetBrains Rider: Forgotten method return quick-fix
Quick-fixEffect
Add return statement After the quick-fix is applied, JetBrains Rider adds a return statement returning null.
Make method return void After the quick-fix is applied, JetBrains Rider replaces the initial return type of the method with void.

Missing Using directives

Whenever you have a type name in your code that cannot be resolved because you forgot to write a corresponding using directive in your file, a small popup suggests to import the type:

JetBrains Rider: Namespace import quick-fix

Press Alt+Enter, and the appropriate using directive will be inserted. Should there be multiple types with the matching name, you will be asked to choose the one you wish to use (see Importing Namespaces for details).

If for some reason you chose not to import a required namespace when the popup was displayed, or if you disabled Show the "Import namespace" action using popup on the Editor | Inspection Settings page of JetBrains Rider settings Ctrl+Alt+S, you can import a type at any time by putting the caret at the non-imported type, pressing Alt+Enter and choosing the corresponding quick-fix.

JetBrains Rider: quick-fixes for missing namespace import

You may want some symbols not to be suggested, for example, if you have something similar to a system type in your solution, say MyFramework.MyCollections.List, but you are not actually using it. To exclude such symbols from the suggestions, add them to the Exclude from import and completion list on the Editor | General | Auto Import page of JetBrains Rider settings Ctrl+Alt+S . The format of the entries is Fully.Qualified.Name, Fully.Qualified.Name.Prefix*, or *Fully.Qualified.Name.Suffix. Generic types are specified as List`1.

Missing async modifier

If you have a method that contains the await operator, but that is not defined as asynchronous, JetBrains Rider detects such mismatch and offers to fix this problem using the corresponding quick-fix.

Before:
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Applying the quick-fix:
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Converting a loop to a LINQ expression

With C# 3.0 and LINQ, developers are able to write data-intensive code more easily by directly describing their intent to the compiler. JetBrains Rider detects code that can be rewritten using LINQ syntax and offers to perform the conversion automatically:

Before:
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Applying the quick-fix:
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After:
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Migrating to IEnumerable in method parameters and returns

JetBrains Rider scans your code base to detect methods that can safely return and accept IEnumerable instead of a more specific type such as Array, List, or ArrayList:

Before:
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Applying the quick-fix:
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After:
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Converting assignment statements to object initializers

JetBrains Rider provides both a context action and a quick-fix to convert assignment statements into object initializers. The context action lets you add field assignments to an initializer one-by-one, whereas the quick-fix adds them all in one go. Here's how the quick-fix works:

Before:
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Applying the quick-fix:
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After: JetBrains Rider: Converting assignment statements to object initializers

Converting static method invocation to extension method call

When you invoke an extension method as a traditional C# static method, JetBrains Rider helps you quickly comply with standard extension method call practices:

Before:
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Applying the quick-fix:
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After:
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Converting anonymous method to lambda expression

JetBrains Rider suggests converting anonymous methods to lambda expressions. The reverse functionality is provided as a context action.

Before:
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Applying the quick-fix:
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After: JetBrains Rider: Converting anonymous method to lambda expression

Converting to auto-property

JetBrains Rider makes it quick to convert traditional, private field-based properties to automatic properties implemented in C# 3.0. For more information, see Use Auto-Properties.

Before:
JetBrains Rider: Converting to auto-property
Applying the quick-fix:
JetBrains Rider: Converting to auto-property
After: JetBrains Rider: Converting to auto-property

Making type parameter invariant

When a usage of a type parameter violates its variance, JetBrains Rider suggests to make the parameter invariant:

Before:
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Applying the quick-fix:
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After:
JetBrains Rider: Making type parameter invariant
Last modified: 08 May 2020