Visual C# Code Snippets

Code snippets are ready-made snippets of code you can quickly insert into your code. For example, the for code snippet creates an empty for loop. Some code snippets are surround-with code snippets, which enable you to select lines of code, and then choose a code snippet which incorporates the selected lines of code. For example, when you select lines of code and then activate the for code snippet, it creates a for loop with those lines of code inside the loop block. Code snippets can make writing program code quicker, easier, and more reliable.

You can insert a code snippet at the cursor location, or insert a surround-with code snippet around the currently selected code. The Code Snippet Inserter is invoked through the Insert Code Snippet or Surround With commands on the IntelliSense menu, or by using the keyboard shortcuts CTRL+K and then X or CTRL+K and then S respectively.

The Code Snippet Inserter displays the code snippet name for all available code snippets. The Code Snippet Inserter also includes an input dialog box where you can type the name of the code snippet, or part of the code snippet name. The Code Snippet Inserter highlights the closest match to a code snippet name. Pressing TAB at any time will dismiss the Code Snippet Inserter and insert the currently selected code snippet. Typing ESC or clicking the mouse in the Code Editor will dismiss the Code Snippet Inserter without inserting a code snippet.

Default Code Snippets

By default the following code snippets are included in Visual Studio.

Name (or shortcut) Description Valid locations to insert snippet
#if Creates a #if directive and a #endif directive. Anywhere.
#region Creates a #region directive and a #endregion directive. Anywhere.
~ Creates a destructor for the containing class. Inside a class.
attribute Creates a declaration for a class that derives from Attribute. Inside a namespace (including the global namespace), a class, or a struct.
checked Creates a checked block. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
class Creates a class declaration. Inside a namespace (including the global namespace), a class, or a struct.
ctor Creates a constructor for the containing class. Inside a class.
cw Creates a call to WriteLine. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
do Creates a do while loop. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
else Creates an else block. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
enum Creates an enum declaration. Inside a namespace (including the global namespace), a class, or a struct.
equals Creates a method declaration that overrides the Equals method defined in the Object class. Inside a class or a struct.
exception Creates a declaration for a class that derives from an exception (Exception by default). Inside a namespace (including the global namespace), a class, or a struct.
for Creates a for loop. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
foreach Creates a foreach loop. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
forr Creates a for loop that decrements the loop variable after each iteration. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
if Creates an if block. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
indexer Creates an indexer declaration. Inside a class or a struct.
interface Creates an interface declaration. Inside a namespace (including the global namespace), a class, or a struct.
invoke Creates a block that safely invokes an event. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
iterator Creates an iterator. Inside a class or a struct.
iterindex Creates a "named" iterator and indexer pair by using a nested class. Inside a class or a struct.
lock Creates a lock block. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
mbox Creates a call to System.Windows.Forms.MessageBox.Show. You may have to add a reference to System.Windows.Forms.dll. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
namespace Creates a namespace declaration. Inside a namespace (including the global namespace).
prop Creates an auto-implemented property declaration. Inside a class or a struct.
propfull Creates a property declaration with get and set accessors. Inside a class or a struct.
propg Creates a read-only auto-implemented property with a private set accessor. Inside a class or a struct.
sim Creates a static int Main method declaration. Inside a class or a struct.
struct Creates a struct declaration. Inside a namespace (including the global namespace), a class, or a struct.
svm Creates a static void Main method declaration. Inside a class or a struct.
switch Creates a switch block. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
try Creates a try-catch block. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
tryf Creates a try-finally block. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
unchecked Creates an unchecked block. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
unsafe Creates an unsafe block. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.
using Creates a using directive. Inside a namespace (including the global namespace).
while Creates a while loop. Inside a method, an indexer, a property accessor, or an event accessor.

See Also

Code Snippet Functions
Code Snippets
Template Parameters
How to: Use Surround-with Code Snippets