JetBrains Rider 2024.1 Help

TODO lists

View | Tool Windows | TODO

JetBrains Rider 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 TODO window.

JetBrains Rider: TODO window

TODO items are highlighted in the editor and on the error stripe according to their types (Edit, Normal, Question, Warning, Error). Colors are configurable on the Editor | TODO page or Rider settings Ctrl+Alt+S.

TODO patterns

By default, JetBrains Rider provides three predefined patterns for commonly used TODO 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 TODO window.

Define a custom TODO pattern

  1. Open the Editor | TODO page of JetBrains Rider settings Ctrl+Alt+S.

  2. Click Add on the toolbar.

  3. Specify a regular expression with keywords that you want to detect in comments. For example, (\W|^)(?<TAG>Refactor)(\W|$)(.*).

  4. Optionally, specify whether the pattern is case-sensitive.

  5. Select an icon for the pattern to define how matched items will be colored in the editor and in the TODO window.

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

  7. You can also edit or remove existing patterns.

  8. Click Save in the Settings dialog to apply the modifications and let JetBrains Rider choose where to save them, or save the modifications to a specific settings layer by choosing this layer from the Save selector. For more information, see layer-based settings.

To navigate between TODO items in the current file, use TODO marks on the error stripe.

Study TODO items in the whole solution

  1. Press Alt+6 or choose View | Tool Windows | TODO in the main menu.

  2. In the TODO window that opens, click ThemedIcon.Down.Screen.(Gray).png or ThemedIcon.Up.Screen.(Gray).png to navigate to the next or previous item.

    To locate TODO items in the editor, double-click them , press F4 or choose Jump to Source in the context menu .

    Optionally, you can turn on Navigate with Single Click Navigate with Single Click so that items are located in the editor as soon as they get focus in the tool window.

  3. To study the source code of the selected item right in the window, click Preview Source on the toolbar.

Group and filter TODO items

Depending on the size and age of the codebase, there may be lots of TODO items. To focus on specific items, you can filter TODO items by scope or by custom filters.

Initial filtering is available with the tabs of the TODO window:

  • You can use the Current File tab to see just the TODO items in the file active in the editor.

  • The Default Changelist tab becomes available when you enable VCS integration for the current solution; this tab will list TODO items from files with uncommitted local changes.

  • In the Scope Based tab, we can use the Scope selector to pick places where Rider should search for TODO items. You can also click ... to create your own scope.

Further filtering is available with custom filters, which let you create groups of TODO patterns that you are interested in.

You can create custom filters either on the Editor | TODO page of JetBrains Rider settings Ctrl+Alt+S or by clicking on the filter icon in the TODO window and choosing Edit Filters.

TODO window controls

To cycle through the tool window tabs, press Alt+Right and Alt+Left.

Toolbar buttons


Tooltip and shortcut


Previous TODO

Previous TODO Ctrl+Alt+Up

Select the previous TODO item in the list.


Next TODO Ctrl+Alt+Down

Select the next TODO item in the list.

Filter TODO Items

Filter TODO Items

Select a filter or open the TODO dialog where you can edit the list of TODO patterns and filters as necessary.

Navigate with Single Click

Navigate with Single Click

When this toggle is selected, you can click items to open items in the editor. Otherwise, you can locate items in the editor by double-clicking them or pressing F4.

Expand All Ctrl+NumPad Plus

Click this button to expand all nodes.

Collapse All Ctrl+NumPad Minus

Click this button to collapse all nodes.

View Options

Group by Project

Use this toggle to group TODO items by containing projects. Not available for the Current File tab.

Preview Source

Preview Source

Show a preview pane with the source code of the selected item in the corresponding file.

Context menu



Jump to Source F4

Jump to the location of the relevant comment in the source code. Available only when you right-click a TODO item or a file.

Local History

Show the Local History submenu:

  • Show History: Open the Local History window for the relevant file.

  • Put Label: Add a label to the Local History.

Last modified: 11 February 2024