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Template Types

ReSharper supports three types of code templates:

  • Live templates represent code fragments that can be quickly inserted into your code. The code of the template can be a short expression, a complete construct, or even an entire class or method. Each live template is identified by a Shortcut - a short string of characters such as foreach - that you can type right in the editor to invoke the template. For more information, see Creating Source Code Using Live Templates.
  • Surround templates let you quickly enclose an expression, a single statement or an arbitrary block of code with a predefined code construction, such as for loop, or try...catch statement. Surround templates have no shortcuts, they are identified by their descriptions. See Surrounding Code Fragments with Templates for details.
  • File templates are used to create one or more new files with predefined code, such as a type declaration, unit test, etc. File templates have no shortcuts, they are identified by their descriptions. See Creating Files from Templates and Creating Multi-File Templates for details.

Right after installing ReSHarper, you will find a lot of predefined templates of all three types. Predefined templates cover the most common cases for C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, XML, HTML, Razor, CSS, JavaScript, and Resx code. Predefined templates also include code snippets for C# and JavaScript imported from Visual Studio. Note that imported Visual Studio snippets are a part of ReSharper installation and you cannot import your custom Visual Studio snippets.

For custom cases, ReSharper provides tools for creating, editing, and sharing user-defined code templates that can cover any particular aspect of your development practices.

This feature is supported in the following languages/technologies:

C# VB.NET C++ HTML ASPX Razor JavaScript TypeScript CSS XML XAML RESX Build Scripts

The instructions and examples given here address the use of the feature in C#. For details specific to other languages, see corresponding topics in the ReSharper by Language section.

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Last modified: 27 August 2015