Creating Code Snippets in Visual Studio
try and press
tab Visual Studio will auto complete a try catch for you.
try and pressing
You can also use Code Snippets by using the right click context menu and selecting
Insert Snippet... or
Right Click Context Menu
Now with this basic understanding of Code Snippets you could look thought the options in the context menu to learn what treasures lay buried behind your right click and learn the short cuts to those treasures.
Hint: the shortcut is the name of the snippet in the context menu.
But the Title Said Creating
And so it did.
I haven't found a built in way to create new Snippets. There is a Menu that can be accessed under
Tools called the
Code Snippet Manager...
Access the Code Snippet Manager
In the Code Snippet Manager you can select a language from the drop down and see a list of available snippets that can be used. If you select a snippet it gives you greater details such as a description the short cut and the type of snippet it is.
Code Snippet Manager
There are even buttons to
Import... more snippets. Unfortunately bot the
import implies you already have snippets ready and there is no button for
Create so how do we make a new snippet?
Enter the XML
To create a new Code Snippet you will need to create a new XML file with a file extension of
.snippet. The following expert will get you started with the bare minimum of a code snippet that you can use your
Insert Snippet... context menu to find.
Very Basic Code Snippet
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <CodeSnippets xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/2005/CodeSnippet"> <CodeSnippet Format="1.0.0"> <Header> <Title></Title> </Header> <Snippet> <Code Language=""> <![CDATA]> </Code> </Snippet> </CodeSnippet> </CodeSnippets>
Title node you add the name of your snippet, for this demo I will call it
hello. On the
Language attribute you enter the Language you are creating a snippet for, in this case I will enter
CDATA brackets you add what you want inserted, so I will add a
console.log('hello');. In the
Header node I will also add a
Shortcut node with the value of
hello so we can access our snippet by typing our shortcut,
hello, and pressing
tab. It should now look like this:
hello, and pressing
tab. Like so:
Custom Snippet in Action