Part 3. Finding Usages
On this page:
- Preparing an example
- Finding all usages
- Other types of finding usages
Finding usages is another search facility, which can be also perceived as the navigation feature. Suppose, you want to find all the usages of a certain class or method across the entire project, which could amount to a huge number of occurrences!
This is where RubyMine comes to help. Let's see how.
Preparing an example
As an example, take the directory
Part 2, with the nested classes.
Finding all usages
For example, let's find all usages the class
Mammalia, and then navigate to one of the
Place the caret at the class declaration, and press Alt+F7. The encountered usages of this class show up in the Find tool window:
If you select one of the usages in the Find tool window and press
Enter, RubyMine will open the corresponding file in the editor, with the caret at
By the way, you can find this action on the context menu of any symbol; for example, on the context menu of
This way you can find usages of a symbol with the default settings (across the entire project, overwriting the contents of one tab in the Find tool window).
Other types of finding usages
Some of these actions are mapped to the keyboard shortcuts by default. Let's explore them in details.
Changing search options, or finding usages via dialog
Place the caret at the declaration of a symbol, for example, at the declaration of the method
feeds, and press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F7. You see the dialog box, where
you can change the search options. For example, you prefer to look for usages of a method in the open
files, and open each search results in a new tab in the Find tool window:
Click the button Find: RubyMine shows a new tab in the Find
tool window, with the found usage of the method
feeds. Double-click this entry (or use the
arrow keys and Enter ) - RubyMine opens the editor with the caret at the
Viewing usages as a list
In some cases, viewing usages in the Find tool window seems inconvenient.
RubyMine provides an action that shows usages as a pop-up list. For example, let's see the usages of
If you select one of the usages using the arrow keys and Enter (for example. class
Cat), RubyMine will jump to the corresponding usage and place the caret at it.
Now look at the toolbar of the pop-up window. If you still think that it would be nice to view usages in the Find tool window, click the pin button . The pop-up list disappears, and instead you see the search results in the well-known Find tool window.
Finally, if you are not happy with the search options, click to show the dialog box.
Viewing usages in the current file
As you see, each of the usages is marked with a stripe in the right gutter. When you hover your mouse pointer over such a marker, a balloon with the description of a specific usage appears. If you click the stripes, you can navigate from one usage to another.