Go To Definition


Make ctrl+click perform a "Go To Definition" on the identifier under the cursor. Also, when the ctrl key is held down, highlight identifiers that look like they have definitions to navigate to.

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by FecoD | May 15 2015

Love the tool, please add vs 2015 support :)

by Gilbert_F | May 04 2015

by Davor Mas | March 04 2015

Great extension!

Just what I needed after my excursion to Eclipse for couple of months. ;)

by mist83 | January 20 2015

Interferes with default functionality of Ctrl+click, which highlights the whole word when clicked, making precision less important and saving me ~200-300 ms when I want to highlight a whole word.

While reaching for F12 wastes that same ~200-300 ms, it's far less likely (because it's explicit) to derail my current workflow than having to recover from accidentally navigating when I meant to be copying.

v2.5. ignores Ctrl+Shift+click because it has other bindings, but would propose that user can define key+click combo instead (I don't use default Ctrl+Shift functionality often, so for my workflow, Ctrl+Shift+click for F12 functionality might be useful).

by grundt | August 22 2014

Works well - very speedy ... the only trick is remembering that it's available

by hsinwei | July 05 2014

by Prateek Bhushan | May 05 2014

It is an awesome tool, however I have to degrade to VS2008, can I use it for that?

Noah Richards May 19 2014
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Nope. VS2008 used a completely different editor and extensibility system, so this definitely won't work there. Sorry :(

by stabilopro | April 19 2014

by Jamie Collins | February 28 2014

A fantastic extension I've been using since VSS 2010 and have just installed VSS 2013.

In common with @a5Digital, I too would like a way of navigating 'Peek Definition' but wonder whether this functionality is exposed by the API. There is no mention of 'peek' in the docs for VSConstants.VSStd97CmdID (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.visualstudio.vsconstants.vsstd97cmdid.aspx). So it doesn't seem possible - or am I missing something?

Noah Richards March 01 2014
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It wouldn't be in the "97" set, since that was for VS 97, so waaaay too old :) Check the values in the vsstd12cmdid section, which has peek definition + peek navigate (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.visualstudio.vsconstants.vsstd12cmdid.aspx).

by VolarVideo | February 25 2014

I wish this worked. Using VS2013 and GTD 2.5. I ctrl+click doesn't do anything. Ctrl+hover and the identifier turns into a hyperlink but when I click nothing happens.

Noah Richards February 25 2014
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That's unfortunate. Can you point me (a comment in Q&A) at what GTD 2.5 is? It must somehow conflict with how the mouse event is handled, but I'm not sure how.

by Oleg V. Korzhukov | February 18 2014

Most useful extension I ever installed to VS

by Batu Ozk | January 15 2014

by iphilsy | January 03 2014

Thank you thank you thank you. Works great. You turned my frown upside-down!

by ITSTH | November 28 2013

For me it's the best plugin ever for visual studio. It's the fastest way of navigating. Just one suggestion: I think it would be nice if Ctrl+RightClick on a keyword triggered the search for references of a function.

by denis_stankovski | November 21 2013

Thank you so much!

by a5Digital | November 13 2013

I agree with most of these reviews - this extension is a must. However I there is so much more potential here which would leave me baffled if the author doesn't explore the possibility of augmenting this:

a) allow for another key combo + left click perform a peek definition
b) allow for another key combo + left click perform a find all references

If these are exposed via the API (and I believe they are), adding these features should be fairly trivial.

Noah Richards November 14 2013
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Sending a different command would be pretty easy to add, yup. If you want it to be configurable, that's more difficult, but just hardcoding combinations wouldn't be bad.

If you're curious about implementing it yourself, the source is here: https://github.com/noahric/gotodef. The actual command logic is in DispatchGoToDef in GoToDefMouseHandler.cs, so you could probably modify that function (or add new functions) for peek or find all references. Since the extension is still built to be compatible with VS2010, you'd want to hardcode the cmdset/cmdid for peek definition and do a version check first, though.

If you have any questions, let me know on the Q&A!

by Daniel Joos | October 21 2013

Works with VS 2013. It just requires some manual work:
1. Download the .vsix file
2. Unzip it (e.g. using 7zip)
3. Open the vsixmanifest file and add the following block to line 22
<VisualStudio Version="12.0">
4. Save and Zip all files again
5. Rename the .zip to .vsix and install it

Noah Richards November 10 2013
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2.5 should now support VS2013. Let me know if you run into any issues, thanks!

by maxima | October 21 2013

+1 VS2013
I use this from day one and is most helpful tool ever... But I have a request (I am amazed that nobody made it yet).

Could you please add Ctrl-Shift-Click to invoke VS Find All References command.

That will make your tool best for ever!! :)

Noah Richards November 10 2013
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2.5 should now support VS2013. Ctrl-shift-click doesn't do find all, but it is now ignored (per another user's request).

by Jan Mazur | October 19 2013

+1 for the VS2013 support

Noah Richards November 10 2013
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2.5 should now support VS2013. Let me know if you run into any issues, thanks!

by Kurt Dowswell | October 18 2013

Please add VS 2013 support! Love this extension. Use it countless times per day :)

Noah Richards November 10 2013
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2.5 should now support VS2013. Let me know if you run into any issues, thanks!

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  • [Shift] + [Ctrl] + Click
    3 Posts | Last post November 10, 2013
    • without this plug-in, when I click on a word, hold [Ctrl] and [Shift], and click on another word, it selects the everything between both clicks including the whole words.
      however when I have this plug-in installed it tries to jump to the word I click on even if it isn't a hyperlinked one.
      it would be nice if you ignored jumping if, other keys were pressed, specifically in this case the [Shift] key.
    • Hi, the functionality you're describing doesn't require the use of the Ctrl key. Click once in the file, then Shift+Click to where you want the selection and it should select everything in-between. Ctrl is not needed.
    • Hey Ben, 2.5 should now ignore shift+ctrl as a combination. Let me know if you get a chance to try it out. Thanks!
  • Please make this work with VS13
    5 Posts | Last post November 10, 2013
    • I love this little extension please make it work for vs 2013
    • +1 
    • Highly needed for VS2013!
    • Sorry guys! I'm working on it, but I lost my windows VM and so I had to rebuild things (a few days of installing software and updates). I should be all set up to rebuild and then test with vs2013, so I'm hoping to get it done this weekend.
    • 2.5 should now support VS2013. Let me know if you run into any issues, thanks!
  • Ctrl+Click works for all possible tokens in DSL
    7 Posts | Last post August 26, 2013
    • @Noah, I changed the names of the "identifier" DSL tokens so that the "conflict" doesn't exist anymore. But now I have another problem, which only occurs while the documents of my DSL are part of a C++,C# project. 
      GoToDef tries to find the definition of all tokens in my document, even though the names of the tokens are completely irrelevant with your extension. 
      The funny thing is, that only the tokens I allow in my extension are underlined, but when I click, your command handler is invoked rather than mine. 
      All this started to happen, as I added an ILanguageInfo implementation to my plugin. If I remove this, everything works as it should.. 
      Any ideas ?
    • Correction, it occurs even if the document is not part of a C++ project. The underlining works fine according to my plugin - but the cursor does not change and when I click on an item your command handler is getting called instead of mine.
    • During debugging, I found out that your command handler is called after my command handler. I think I will have to debug your plugin :).. I'll keep you posted.
    • I managed to workaround through your plugin. I had to implement IVsCodeManager and add a filter for my textview in between. 
      Would it not help if you export your plugin only for C++,C# etc. instead for text content type ?
    • (When you say "text" content type, are you talking about the classifier? The mouse handler is "code", so the rest of the question assumes you meant that)
      > Would it not help if you export your plugin only for C++,C# etc. instead for text content type ?
      It would probably help your specific issue to enumerate which content types support GoToDef, though then it'd have the opposite problem from this: opt-in instead of opt-out, so it would miss supported languages. It turns out that many/most third party languages, even DSLs, tend to implement Go To Definition for *something*, even if it isn't a "definition".
      Your case is an interesting one, though. Content types don't provide an anti-list, so there's no good way to say "code, but not some other content type". Added to that, VS doesn't ship with a standard "DSL" content type or, more appropriately, an "I-support-Go-To-Definition" content type, so all the extension can really do is guess. I had always hoped that the product team would make it a part of VS and make it possible for these to be less hacky, but the good/bad thing is that the extension tends to work pretty close to correctly in most scenarios, so I don't think there was a strong desire to spend the extra effort making it perfect. I wouldn't know, though, as I left VS/Microsoft over 2 years ago.
      As for the mouse handler, if your handler is being called first and you don't want anything else to happen with that mouse event, you can mark e.Handled to true. It may not be the right solution in the general case, since there may be some later default behavior that's desirable, but it's worth testing, at least.
      All said, I'd still be happy to add some manual logic (to the mouse handler provider) to have it skip files of your DSL's content type, or some base content type that you've created and that others could use to opt-out. Just let me know, or send me a pull request on github.
    • Sorry, yes I meant code. The funny thing is, I tried debugging your plugin and it actually works as expected, because now I am exporting a content type specific for my DLS which does not even derive from text.
      But with power productivity tools it does not work. As this code is not open source, I can't debug, now do I have any idea where the problem may lie.
    • You can probably use .NET reflector to see what the productivity power tools version is doing.
      If this version of the plugin isn't incompatible with your plugin, you may want to consider moving/copying your review or other pertinent information to that extension's page. I don't have any control over that version and I don't even know who works on it (internally at Microsoft), so I won't be of much help there, sorry :(
  • Using Peek Definition in VS 2013
    2 Posts | Last post August 21, 2013
    • VS 2013 has a new feature called Peek Definition that is similar to Go To Definition but it shows the definition in line with your current location instead of opening the definition in a new window.  It would be cool if this extension could support Ctrl-Click to either Go To Def or Peek Def.
      BTW, this extention works in VS 2013 by unpacking the VSIX and adding a VS 12 to the <SupportedProducts> collection in the extension.vsixmanifest file.
    • Assuming that peek def has a new command group and command id, it would just be a matter of figuring it out and substituting it here:
      Looking through the docs for 2013, it looks like you want:
  • How to Switch to "Highlight-Word-Under-Cursor" as in SSMS?
    2 Posts | Last post July 31, 2013
    • Hi all.
      Is it actually possible to change this?
      Double-click is not convenient for me and I have been using SQL Server Management Studio with CTRL+Click to highlight a word for years.  In many situations with partial replacements this is the fastest method.
      Thank you,
    • Aha, found it!  Tools==>Options==>Productivity Power Tools -> turn off the feature in the right pane :)
  • Visual Studio 2012 Express
    3 Posts | Last post April 24, 2013
    • Is the extension working in visual studio express 2012?
      I use it in visual studio professional 2010 and I can't live without it!
      I am trying vs express 2012, but i am not able to install gtDef, it says it's already install for all possible products...
      Thanks and keep up the good work!
    • The Express editions of VS don't support any (non-microsoft) extensions, sorry!
    • You can use this short autohotkey script to do this with middle mouse button. Just store this code as .ahk file and run it.
      SetTitleMatchMode, 2
      #IfWinActive, Microsoft Visual Studio Express
        Send {F12}
  • Does not jump on Ctrl+click, but jumps on F12
    1 Posts | Last post January 10, 2013
    • Hi, it seems I have found some kind of conflict with another extension: "Highlight all occurrences of selected word" (http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/4b92b6ad-f563-4705-8f7b-7f85ba3cc6bb)
      The extension highlights all occurrences of a selected word in the current document. My usual use case is to double-click an identifier, look at it's highlighted occurrences in the current context and then ctrl+click it to go to the definition. When I disable that highlighting extension I can navigate using ctrl+click, otherwise I get the highlighting on ctrl+click. 
      It is reproducible on a tiny snippet like this:
      #include <iostream>
      int main(int , char**) 
          int myint = 5;
          std::cin >> myint;
          myint += 1;
          std::cout << myint;
      I am using VS 2010 and the 2.4 version of your extension.
      Could you suggest any workaround?
  • Doesn't work for ids of HTML elements
    8 Posts | Last post November 28, 2012
    • This simply doesn't work for me. It only works for classes.
      Using 2.4 with VS 2012.
    • What language?
    • To be fair, I've never tested this with VS2012 (I've never used VS2012). If the classification of method names has been changed, it would stop the extension from working. It currently only matches:
      if (name.Contains("identifier") || name.Contains("user types"))
      If you (or anyone else) can let me know what the name is, I can add it to that list pretty easily.
    • Language: HTML.
      I don't know an answer to your other question. Would you be able to download a trial version of VS 2012 and get the information you need?
      Alternatively, could you guide me into obtaining an answer for you?
    • I'm not sure I remember what it is supposed to do in HTML.
      If you click on something that isn't underlined but you think should be, and you press F12 (or whatever Go To Definition is bound to), does it navigate someplace? If you have the extension installed, you can do the same by ctrl-clicking, even if it isn't underlined, if that helps.
    • F12 also ignores ids and also works for classes.
    • This won't work in any case that F12 doesn't, it just programmatically invokes F12 (+ a heuristic for the underlining).
    • Got it. I have filed a bug report about this: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/772443/pressing-f12-doesnt-take-users-to-css-definitions-based-on-ids-of-html-elements. I hope other could reproduce it, click on the "I can too" link there and also vote for the bug.
  • Bug in implementation wich conflicts with word selection
    2 Posts | Last post October 29, 2012
    • Hi, 
      I believe there is a bug in implementation which causes this extension to conflict with word select functionality of the editor - i.e. when CTRL is pressed, mouse selection is automatically extended to words. I guess operator "&&" should be replaced by "||" in this method
              private bool InDragOperation(Point anchorPoint, Point currentPoint)
                  // If the mouse up is more than a drag away from the mouse down, this is a drag
                  return Math.Abs(anchorPoint.X - currentPoint.X) >= SystemParameters.MinimumHorizontalDragDistance &&
                         Math.Abs(anchorPoint.Y - currentPoint.Y) >= SystemParameters.MinimumVerticalDragDistance;
      i.e. current code detects only 'diagonal' drags, but it should work if drag is done along X or Y axis too.
      Thanks for this extension, BTW :).
    • Looks like a bug indeed :) Funny thing is that I'm pretty sure that code looks nearly identical to the drag/drop mouse handler built in to VS. I'll update the code shortly (and the extension at some point after that; that may take a little while). Thanks!
  • Go To Implementation?
    2 Posts | Last post September 28, 2012
    • I am using Resharper, which provides Go To Implementation in the context menu, which is very useful, as we use interfaces heavily.
      I'd love to be able to override the Ctrl+Click behaviour to go to the implementation instead, which is far more common usage than going to the interface.  I suspect you might not be able to pull it off though if it's only built into Resharper?
    • Assuming they register it as a command, you could modify the extension to call that command in DispatchGoToDef:
              bool DispatchGoToDef()
                  Guid cmdGroup = VSConstants.GUID_VSStandardCommandSet97;
                  int hr = _commandTarget.Exec(ref cmdGroup,
                  return ErrorHandler.Succeeded(hr);
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