Editing your code

Write code, navigate and fix issues.

Code with confidence

Get help right where you need it

Visual Studio guides you with live assistance as you write code, no matter what language you use, from C#/VB and C++ to JavaScript and Python.

IntelliSense describes APIs as you type and uses auto-completion to increase speed and accuracy. Exploring a new API is made faster because you can narrow down the set of values by category. Quick Info tool tips let you inspect API definitions, and squiggly lines let you know about issues, often showing them as you type.

Navigate in context

Don’t lose your place as you explore

Finding your way around in a large code base can be challenging. Visual Studio helps you find your way around more easily, without losing the context of the code or the markup you started from, with capabilities like Peek to definition, and the improved GoTo which lets you filter down easily, and choose to look just for one kind of item.

Find All References lets you easily group, filter and search within your results, and keep as many result sets as you like. Enhanced Scrollbar’s 10,000 foot structural view of your code file lets you quickly pinpoint issues, and Structure Visualizer means you always know where you are in your code’s block structure.

See the object structure of your code easily with inline object browsing in the Solution Explorer, and quickly search for files in your solution.

Understand your code

The big picture, right where you are

With Code Lens, there’s no need to leave your code to quickly understand its call structure and navigate to related functions. Code Lens goes much further. You can find out who last modified a method, or whether its tests are passing, all from right where you are in your code.

Fix issues quickly

Get to the heart of issues and find fixes

Light bulb icons help you identify and fix common coding issues, in many cases “live” as you type your code, and take quick code actions (like refactoring, implementing interfaces and more) from right inside the editor.

Fix issues quickly

Get to the heart of issues and find fixes

Error List is your “one-stop-shop” for navigating and correcting code-related issues in your solution, whatever their source from compile and build to code analysis issues. Some languages support live custom “Analyzers” to spot domain-specific issues as you type.

Use advanced filtering to focus on the problem, navigate to it, and make your fix.

Click Code Link or press F1 on an error to search for web content to help resolve your issues.

Refactor with ease

Let the IDE take the strain

As your project grows, chances are you’ll find yourself restructuring and refactoring code that you or someone else wrote earlier. That’s a whole lot easier when Visual Studio takes care of the heavy lifting for you.

Several languages, including C#, VB and now C++, support powerful built-in refactoring options such extract method, and rename, via the Quick Actions menu in the Visual Studio Editor.

Settings go with you

…wherever you go!

We know that setting up your environment just the way you need it is a task you want to do only once – so we’ve made sure those settings roam with you when you log in to Visual Studio. In addition, we’ll roam identities you might be using for accessing different developer services (such as Azure accounts) so you only need to enter those credentials once.

Perfect screen layout

…wherever you’re working!

Got a favorite screen layout for working on your multi-monitor desktop, and another you use for your laptop? No problem! Now you can save and apply custom screen layouts that work great for particular machines or tasks.

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