Using Resharper's structural search and replace to find usages.

Resharper structural search and replace Part I - Searching

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There isn't much documentation on Resharper's Structural Search and Replace (SSR)

Consider the case where you want to find all the usages of the Text property on a Windows Form:


If you use Find Usages (Shift F12) you get all usages of any inheritor of System.Windows.Forms.Control which isn't what we want in this case.


Enter Resharpers 'Search with pattern' (Alt-R,F,R)


which returns the following usages only:


I can hear the guys up the back:

you can already do that with Resharper's Advanced Find Usages (Ctrl+Shift+Alt+F12)

but this only works in this instance because Text is overridden by System.Windows.Form. Consider a property of Form that isn't overridden (eg form.Font) - your only option here is to use SSR.

Other applications

You are searching for places where an Address is added to a List<Address>

public class Address


static void SomeMethod()
    var strings = new List<string>();
    strings.Add("test2");//we dont want these usages.

    var addresses = new List<Address>();
    addresses.Add(new Address());//we want this usage only

Find Usages will return all usages of List<T>.Add (which likely is very high in a real application)

Search with pattern to the rescue again!


This returns only the one usage above instead of 4 usages using F12. note, Resharper is showing the < as < in the UI but everything still works.

Posted by: Wallace Turner
Last revised: 13 Apr, 2013 01:58 AM History
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