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Skipping Through Definitions and References in Visual Studio

In Visual Studio, if you want to find out what that xCt_1 variable really is or see the definition for that TranX class, the easiest way is to click on the variable or class name and press F12. You'll be taken straight to the statement that declares that variable or defines that class.

Once you get to the definition, if you want to see where that variable or object is used, press Shift_F12 and you'll open a window showing all the statements that use your selected name. Clicking on any one of those lines in the window will take you to the statement in the editor.

In the latest version of Visual Studio 2017, getting to a name's definition is even easier: hover your mouse over the variable or class name, press and hold the Control key, and then click on the name. You're taken straight to the definition.

Posted by Peter Vogel on 10/29/2018 at 11:46 AM


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