Search for Symbols in Visual Studio more Easily

15 11 2009


Ever tried VisualAssist? Yes man, Its a killer product. The feature that I like most is its Symbol Search. You can specify words and it will list symbols that contain those words. Its very useful if you have a vague idea about the function name that you’re searching for. Have a look at the following screenshot.

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But is there any PoorMan’s SearchSymbols without VisualAssist?


Did you forget about the hidden gem in VisualStudio find window? Yes, the Regular Expressions. You can use .* to do the same search done by VisualAssist. For instance, to do the above search, search for Show.*Msg. Have a look at following screenshots.

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Now look at the results. Cool! isn’t it?

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Quite easy. nah? BTW, did you try to kill that bug. 😉


Targeted Audience – Beginners.

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