Click here to Skip to main content
Click here to Skip to main content

Tagged as

Go to top

Tips & Tricks: Incremental Search in Visual Studio 2010

, 7 May 2010
Rate this:
Please Sign up or sign in to vote.
You all know that Visual Studio 2010 is now available in its RTM version. There are lots of features available in Visual Studio 2010. In this tip, I will talk about the incremental search functionality available inside it, which is very useful in day to day life of coding.So, what is the...
You all know that Visual Studio 2010 is now available in its RTM version. There are lots of features available in Visual Studio 2010. In this tip, I will talk about the incremental search functionality available inside it, which is very useful in day to day life of coding.
 
So, what is the incremental search? Incremental search is a mechanism in Visual Studio 2010 by which you can search and focus on the searched keyword without any UI blocking from the user end. You don’t have to open the find dialog while searching for a specific keyword in your editor window.
 
Interested to know how it works? Let us open our Visual Studio 2010 IDE and open a sample application. Lets say in your application you have several "Customer" words and you want to find those.
 
First go with the old way by opening the Find pane to search. Press Ctrl + F. This will open up the Find dialog pane. Enter your search keyword to search. Thus you can find your word but as this opens the find pane, the editor window blocks by some UI. Have a look into the below figure:
 

 

Now let us go with the new way of finding keyword using the incremental search. Press Ctrl + I in your editor window. This will change your cursor to a find cursor. Now, once you start typing you will see that it actually starts finding the typed character just like the following figure:
 

 

Press Ctrl + I again to go to the next result. If you press Ctrl + Shift +I, this will search in the backward direction.
 

 

In this entire search you will notice that, it doesn't open up any extra UI in the screen, thus not blocking the editor window, which is really helpful while searching for some specific word.
 
Shortcuts for Incremental Search:
 
- (Ctrl + I) => Starts & moves the incremental search forward direction
- (Ctrl + Shift + I) => Starts & moves the incremental search backward direction
- (ESC) => Stops the incremental search

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

Share

About the Author

_ Kunal Chowdhury _
Technical Lead
India India
Kunal Chowdhury is a Microsoft "Client Development" MVP (Most Valuable Professional), a Codeproject Mentor, Telerik MVP, Nokia Developer Champion, Speaker in various Microsoft events, Author, passionate Blogger and a Software Engineer by profession.
 
He is currently working in an MNC located in India. He has a very good skill over XAML, C#, Silverlight, Windows Phone, WPF and Windows 8 (WinRT). He posts his findings, articles in his technical blog and CodeProject.
 
Technical Blog: http://www.kunal-chowdhury.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/blog.kunal
Twitter : http://twitter.com/kunal2383
Follow on   Twitter   Google+   LinkedIn

Comments and Discussions

 
QuestionOld news... PinmemberAxel Rietschin3-Jan-12 5:35 
AnswerRe: Old news... Pinmvp_ Kunal Chowdhury _3-Jan-12 6:52 

General General    News News    Suggestion Suggestion    Question Question    Bug Bug    Answer Answer    Joke Joke    Rant Rant    Admin Admin   

Use Ctrl+Left/Right to switch messages, Ctrl+Up/Down to switch threads, Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right to switch pages.

| Advertise | Privacy | Mobile
Web04 | 2.8.140921.1 | Last Updated 8 May 2010
Article Copyright 2010 by _ Kunal Chowdhury _
Everything else Copyright © CodeProject, 1999-2014
Terms of Service
Layout: fixed | fluid