JetBrains Rider's automatic completion suggests names of classes, methods, variables, keywords, and any other symbols that are available within the current visibility scope including extension methods that were previously imported. Many other context-specific suggestions, like live templates, code generation suggestions, unit test categories are also available in the completion list.
By default, suggestions of automatic completion also include items from Class Name Completion. If you want to change the default behavior, use the corresponding controls on the page of JetBrains Rider settings Ctrl+Alt+S. The list of suggestions is the same as that of Basic Completion.
The suggestion list of the automatic completion appears as soon as you start typing. As you type, the list narrows down to show only items that match what you have entered.
By default, automatic completion support CamelHumps, that is you can type the initial letters of a compound name parts and the name will appear in the list of suggestions.
When building the list of completion suggestions, JetBrains Rider also tries to figure out which suggestion you will likely choose, and preselects it in the list. With the default settings, JetBrains Rider pre-selects the best match allowing you to insert it you press Space, as well as dot, open parenthesis, open bracket, semicolon, etc. (depending on the context) You change this default behavior as described below in this topic.
Configuring automatic completion
To enable "hard" selection in auto-completion lists, select the Insert selected suggestion by pressing enter, dot, or other context-dependent keys option.
If this option is selected, JetBrains Rider will pre-select the best match in the auto-completion list to make it easier to insert — additionally to Enter and Tab, it will be also inserted when you press Space, as well as dot, open parenthesis, open bracket, semicolon, etc. (depending on the context) (completion on Space in this mode can be disabled by clearing the Whitespace inserts selected suggestion... checkbox on this page):
If this checkbox is cleared, JetBrains Rider will highlight the best match with a soft selection — you will be able to insert it by pressing Enter or Tab. If necessary, you can additionally disable completion on Enter for soft selection by clearing the Enter inserts suggestion... checkbox on this page.
Examples of automatic completion
You can use the following examples to get an idea of how automatic completion works with various code items:
- Suggesting type-based variable names
- Suggesting members of a class
- Suggesting visible types
- Suggesting C# keywords
- Suggesting 'this' keyword for static methods in static classes
- Completion for enum members
- Using CamelHumps in code completion
- Completion for unresolved symbols
- Completion for argument names
- Suggesting members of a dynamic type
- Suggesting existing partial classes
Suggesting type-based variable names
Commonly used names for fields and variables are suggested depending on their type. If you enter a variable name prefix, JetBrains Rider will append it to each suggested name: You can specify a prefix and/or a suffix for all new variable names on the page of JetBrains Rider settings. If you do that, completion items will be modified accordingly:
Suggesting members of a class
Suggesting visible types
Suggesting C# keywords
Suggesting 'this' keyword for static methods in static classes
Completion for enum members
Using CamelHumps in code completion
Completion for unresolved symbols
Early used names of data types and their members are suggested, even if they are not declared anywhere in the code and cannot be resolved.
Completion for argument names
Suggesting members of a dynamic type
Suggesting existing partial classes
When you type
partial class, names of partial classes in the current scope are added to the suggestions list, thus helping you to quickly create new parts of existing partial classes.