Navigation and Search

Navigate To

Navigate To is a single shortcut for all kinds of contextual navigation. Navigate To lists all destinations available at the current caret position. Press Alt+~ for quick navigation links to the declaration, type declaration, base class, inheritor(s), or usage of the symbol under the caret; interface implementation for an interface; function exits for a function, and more.

Go to Everything/Type

This command, available with Ctrl+T, combines two different features: Go to Everything, which appears first, provides quick navigation to all possible destinations (types, symbols or files). The list of suggestions appears as soon as you invoke the command and initially includes files and code locations you've recently navigated to. As you type, the list is updated according to your input. Go to Type, which appears when you press the shortcut again, allows you to navigate to any type within your solution. These and other 'Go to' features also support wildcards: '*' (asterisk) represents zero or more characters; '+' (plus) represents one or more characters; '?' (question mark) represents one or zero characters.

Go to Symbol

The Go to Symbol feature (Shift+Alt+T) searches for methods, fields and other file members by name, solution-wide. All ReSharper's 'Go to' commands, including Go to Symbol, support case-insensitive CamelHumps. That is, you can find a member quicker by entering its initial character and any subsequent characters that its name contains — for example, you can find testFixedSizeBuffer by entering tfixs.

Go to File

Similar to Go to Type, Go to File (Ctrl+Shift+T) navigates you to any file within your solution. All the same search techniques and wildcards are supported.

Go to File Member

To quickly navigate to a particular method or field in the current file, use the Go to File Member command (Alt+\). Same as with Go to Type, start typing the symbol name and then select from the list of matching members. This feature works with file members from all supported languages.

Go to Base

You can navigate up the hierarchy to base type or method by positioning the caret on a usage or declaration of a type or method in the editor and pressing Alt+Home.
By the way, you can also see when a method overrides, implements, or hides another method by looking at special gutter icons that appear to the left from the method declaration. Click the icon to navigate up the methods hierarchy.

Go to Derived Symbols

This command lets you navigate down to a derived type or method by pressing Alt+End. Immediate inheritors are highlighted with bold.

Go to Implementation

This navigation feature, available with Ctrl+F12 shortcut, lets you jump from a base type or member to any of its end implementations, bypassing intermediate steps in the inheritance chain. In other words, it works similar to Go to Derived Symbols but it doesn't show abstract classes and interfaces.

Go to Declaration

To navigate to the declaration of a symbol, position the caret at any symbol usage and press F12, or hold Ctrl and left-click the symbol. ReSharper will jump to the declaration of the corresponding type, method, field, or local variable in the relevant source file. For library symbols, the corresponding entity will be displayed in Visual Studio's Object Browser or in the editor as metadata view or decompiled code, depending on ReSharper settings.

Navigating to symbol declaration

You can also invoke the Go to Declaration command when your caret is already at a symbol declaration. In case you have one declaration and one usage, you can simply switch between them using one shortcut. If you have multiple usage of a symbol, subsequent Go to Declaration hits will take you to further found usages of the symbol, one usage at a time. Navigation between usages is aided by a Find Usages-like pane that enumerates found usages, contains additional controls to mouse-click between usages, and helps you flush all found usages to the regular Find Results window if you like.

Navigating to symbol declaration

Go to Type Declaration

Press Ctrl+Shift+F11 to navigate to the declaration of a type that a variable, field, or parameter belongs to. ReSharper will switch to the declaration in source code or, for library types, display the corresponding symbol in the Object Browser or show decompiled code.

Go to Generic Substitutions

This command, available with the Navigate To shortcut, shows the list of all types that substitute a selected generic type parameter, as well as all code locations where each substitution is used.

Go to Generic Substitutions

Go to Exposing APIs

This command, available with the Navigate To shortcut, navigates from a type to all locations in your solution where you can get an instance of this type: public fields and properties, method return values, out parameters, etc.

Go to Related Files

This feature, available by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F7, can take you to any file that is referenced from the current file in one way or another. This is most useful for web sites and applications: for example, it enables you to jump from a web form to its master page, user controls, referenced images or JavaScript files. In ASP.NET MVC applications, this feature simplifies navigation from views to controllers and back.

Go to related files

To learn more about advanced navigation and other features that ReSharper makes available to web developers, see ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC Tools.

Go to Last Edit Location

Press Ctrl+Shift+Backspace to quickly position the caret at the latest location where you changed your code. Subsequent use of this action leads you deeper into your editing history.

Go to Next Member/Tag

You can quickly go to next file member in C# or VB.NET code files, or to next tag in XML or XAML files, by pressing Alt+Up.

Go to Previous Member/Tag

Similar to Go to Next Member, this feature gets you to the previous member or tag — all you have to do is press Alt+Down.

Navigation to Library Code

Any solution contains both its own source code and references to libraries. We thought it would be great if you were able to navigate to and within those libraries just like you do with the source code.

Some companies publish parts of their sources using the Source Server feature of debug information files (PDB). On the other hand, Microsoft uses this technology to provide access to the source code of the .NET Framework. If you have PDBs available and ReSharper installed, you can access sources stored that way as if they are a part of your solution. If you want to find out what a certain .NET Framework class contains, ReSharper will show it to you as well.

Even if the source server is not available, no worries: ReSharper is able to reconstruct the structure of library code from metadata.

Here's how it works when a source server is available:

  1. You click Alt+~ on a library symbol to open Navigate To with the list of navigation options.
  2. You select an external navigation option for a library symbol:
    Selecting the 'Sources from Symbol Files' navigation option for a library symbol
  3. ReSharper downloads PDB files from a source server.
  4. ReSharper displays the selected library symbol declaration as if it is defined in your solution:
    ReSharper displays the selected library symbol declaration as if it is defined in your solution

Find Usages

Find Usages quickly locates usages of any symbol (type, method, field, etc.) in your code. Just position the caret on the symbol for which you want to find usages and press Shift+F12. If you have a mixed-language project, usages can be found across multiple languages with ReSharper.

Search results are displayed in the Find Results window, and organized in a hierarchy. From this window you can directly navigate to any usage with either keyboard or mouse. Additional functionality of Find Results provides several ways to work with search results, including:

  • source code preview
  • filtering by read or write usages, invocation usages, attribute usages, usages in documentation, and more criteria
  • grouping by categories
  • tabs of recent usage searches, and more.

Finding usages of symbol
You can navigate between usages, when the Find Results window is open, by pressing Ctrl+Alt+PageUp/PageDown (even from the editor).

To specify the search scope and the type of usages to be found, use the Find Usages Advanced feature available by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F12:

Finding usages of related symbols

Go to Usage

You can quickly navigate to symbols with few usages (e.g. with a private field) by pressing Shift+Alt+F12. Instead of opening an entire tool window, it will display usages in a pop-up.

Navigating to usage of a symbol

However, if it turns out that the pop-up with the list of symbol usages contains too many items, just click the magnifier icon in the top right corner of the pop-up to transfer the list of usages to the Find Results window.

Highlight Usages

To highlight all the usages of a symbol within the current file, just position the caret on any symbol usage and press Shift+Alt+F11. You can also highlight usages of namespace import directives and even expressions. In large files, you can use the marker bar on the right to navigate between highlighted usages.
ReSharper quickly finds and highlights usages of symbols within XAML markup as well as across languages.

Structural Search and Replace

This feature lets you create patterns to search for code smells or legacy code that ReSharper doesn't detect out of the box, and replace them with good code. More than that, to make it easy to remove questionable code on a recurring basis, you can create custom code inspections and set up ReSharper to provide quick-fixes for them.

Building patterns and enforcing good practices has never been this easy. Corporate and team policies, custom frameworks, favorite open source libraries and tools — structured patterns are able to cover them all. As a bonus, you can import and export best patterns to share them with colleagues or move between ReSharper installations.

  • Defining a placeholder for a search pattern:
    Defining a placeholder for a search pattern
  • Search and replace patterns listed in ReSharper Pattern Catalog:

  • Highlighting code that matches a search pattern and replacing it with a replace pattern:
    Highlighting code that matches a search pattern and replacing it with a replace pattern

Type Hierarchy

With ReSharper, you can view the inheritance hierarchy of a certain type in a dedicated window. The window shows both base types and inheritors of the selected type and allows you to navigate to any of them with a single click. For any node in the hierarchy, you can view all or only polymorphic members in a separate preview pane.
To open the Type Hierarchy window for a type, position the caret at the type name, and press Ctrl+Alt+H, or select View | Type Hierarchy on the ReSharper menu.

File Structure

File Structure window is available for all supported languages and file types, In C# or VB.NET files, you can see what methods, fields, classes, and regions they contain, as well as navigate directly to their declarations — just press Ctrl+Alt+F.

In ASP.NET, File Structure lets you examine tags, scriptlets, controls, and other structural elements of a currently opened file, and navigate directly to their declarations. See ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC Tools for details on how this and other navigation features help web developers.

In build scripts, File Structure lets you see what properties and targets that the current script contains.

The window also lets you rearrange items within the file with a simple drag-and-drop, call navigation actions and refactorings, create and delete regions.

The File Structure window is fully synchronized with the editor. All changes made to a file are immediately reflected in the File Structure and vice-versa.


This is a simple yet powerful feature: you can drop a numbered marker with a single shortcut, and jump back at any time with another shortcut. You can create up to 10 numbered bookmarks, and unlimited unnumbered bookmarks. The full list of bookmarked locations is displayed in a single pop-up window to speed up navigation between code spots.

ReSharper bookmarks

View Recent Files

Pressing Ctrl+, opens a pop-up window with the list of recently opened files, where you can select any item to navigate to.

View Recent Edits

This works a lot like Recent Files, but the pop-up window shows the list of files and symbols that you have recently modified.

Stack Trace Explorer

When you receive an external stack trace (for example, from a bug report), you can copy-paste it into the Stack Trace Explorer to navigate to where an exception originated. The lines within the stack trace will be represented as hyperlinks. To open the Stack Trace Explorer, copy the stack traces to clipboard and press Ctrl+E, T.

To-do Explorer

To-do Explorer helps you keep track of all your reminder items marked with todo, note and/or bug tags, as well as code locations where NotImplementedException are thrown. To-do Explorer retrieves all such items from all files in your solution, and displays them in a single tool window.

To-do Explorer

If you use your own markers to make notes in comments to your code, you can configure a custom pattern, and To-do Explorer will find it as well.

Go to Action

ReSharper helps you quickly find and apply any of its actions, without digging through its menu (by an action, we mean an executable command available for the current caret position or a command that opens a tool window). To find an action, just press Alt+Enter anywhere in the editor and start typing a command name or related words.

Navigating to action

Note on shortcuts

All keyboard shortcuts provided in the "Features" section are taken from 'Visual Studio' keyboard scheme. For details on ReSharper's two default keymaps, see Documentation and Demos.