Inline a temporary variable refactoring

This refactoring applies to:

  • C#

  • Visual Basic

What: Lets you remove a temporary variable and replace it with its value instead.

When: The use of the temporary variable makes the code harder to understand.

Why: Removing a temporary variable may make the code easier to read.


  1. Highlight or place the text cursor inside the temporary variable to be inlined:

    • C#:

      Highlighted code - C#

    • Visual Basic:

      Highlighted code- Visual Basic

  2. Next, do one of the following:

    • Keyboard
      • Press Ctrl+. to trigger the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu.
    • Mouse
      • Right-click the code and select the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu.
  3. Select Inline temporary variable from the Preview window popup.

    The variable is removed and its usages replaced by the value of the variable.

    • C#:

      Inline result - C#

    • Visual Basic:

      Inline result - Visual Basic

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