Chapter 5

Find and Replace and Help


  • Using Visual Studio’s various Find and Replace tools
  • Navigating Visual Studio’s local help system

To be a productive developer, you need to navigate your way around a code base and find what you need quickly. Visual Studio 2012 provides not just one but a number of search functions, each suited to particular searching tasks. The first part of this chapter discusses each of these search functions and when and where to use them.

Visual Studio 2012 is an immensely complex development environment that encompasses multiple languages based on an extensive framework of libraries and components. You can find it almost impossible to know everything about the IDE, let alone each of the languages or even the full extent of the .NET Framework. As both the .NET Framework and Visual Studio evolve, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay abreast of all the changes; moreover, it is likely that you need to know only a subset of this knowledge. Of course, you periodically need to obtain more information on a specific topic. To help you in these situations, Visual Studio 2012 comes with comprehensive documentation in the form of the MSDN Library, Visual Studio 2012 Edition. The second part of this chapter walks you through the methods to research documentation associated with developing projects in Visual Studio 2012.


The simplest means to search in Visual Studio 2012 is via the Quick Find dialog.

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