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Coding Aids

The Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) provides tools to help you create, navigate, and modify code.

Using IntelliSense

Describes the features of IntelliSense, a technology that displays language references as you type.

Generate From Usage

Describes how to generate a stub for an undefined class, constructor, method, property, field, or enum.

How to: Display Definitions for Code Elements

Explains how to display the definition of a symbol in a code file stored in, or referenced by, the active project.

Creating and Using IntelliSense Code Snippets

Shows how to insert ready-made snippets of code into project files.

Editing Text, Code, and Markup

Contains links to topics about how to identify, mark, and modify project code.

Editing Resources

Shows how to add new resources to projects, and how to modify resources by using an appropriate resource editor.

Customizing the Editor

Describes how to customize the editor by setting editor options.

Navigating Through Code

Shows how to use Find and Replace, Bookmarks, and the Task List and Error List to locate lines of code.

Using the Toolbox

Shows how to use the Toolbox and the Add Item dialog box to add controls and components to your code.

Viewing Classes, Members, and Symbols

Shows how to use these tools to browse hierarchies of used and available symbols and resources.

Designing and Viewing Classes and Types

Describes how to use Class Designer to design, view, and refactor classes and other types.