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Navigation – Click Identifier

October 12th, 2010

Click Identifier allows you to navigate to the declaration of the identifier under the mouse cursor by a single mouse left click when the CTRL key is held down. If the declaration is located inside your source code, the source file will be opened and the text caret will move to that declaration. Otherwise, the metadata for the target declaration will be shown (e.g. for “System.Double”).

CodeRush Click Identifier preview

Click Identifier feature can show a preview hint of the declaration when you hover over an identifier with the mouse pointer (while holding down the CTRL key) and drop a marker at the source location before navigating to it.

By default, this feature is disabled. To enable it, follow these steps to get to the Click Identifier options page:

  1. From the DevExpress menu, select “Options…” to open the Options Dialog.
  2. In the tree view on the left, navigate to this folder: “Editor\Navigation
  3. Select the “Click Identifier” options page.
  4. Check the “Enabled” checkbox.

CodeRush Click Identifier options page

There are also a few additional options available:

  • Color of the line, which underlines the identifier under the mouse pointer
  • Drop a marker at the source location before navigation is made
  • Show target declaration preview hint.
Products: CodeRush Pro
Versions: 10.1 and up
VS IDEs: any
Updated: Oct/12/2010
ID: C017

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  1. February 3rd, 2012 at 00:21 | #1


    I want to close Click Identifier property but I don’t have your option menu.

    If you will look at the link (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/804/capturexxm.jpg/) you can see my menu.

    I don’t have Click Identifier property in Navigator =/

    Can you help me?

    Thanks your entry.

  2. February 3rd, 2012 at 00:23 | #2

    Please, you open the link in new tab. I want to my screen shot in your blog but I didn’t see. If you will open new tab and paste the link, you will the image.


  3. February 3rd, 2012 at 06:20 | #3

    Hello, @ Onur
    It seems that the plug-in containing this feature is not loaded properly due to the missing Options page. I recommend removing the loader settings folder located here:

    %appdata%\CodeRush for VS .NET\1.1\Settings.xml\Loader

    These settings maintain the plug-ins loading process. Once you remove them, they will be rebuilt from scratch on the next Visual Studio start-up and the plug-in should be correctly loaded after that. If this does not help, please contact our support team at support@devexpress.com proving as much detail as possible, so we can look into this issue more closely. As an interim solution, you can also remove the assembly containing this feature located in the following path:

    %Program Files%\DevExpress 2011.2\IDETools\System\CodeRush\BIN\PLUGINS

    This will remove the feature from the product. Please let me know your results.