Codelens in Visual Studio Community Edition
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One of my favorite things in Visual Studio has always been CodeLens. It's this beautiful little feature that tells you what's referencing a piece of code and where it is as well as if it has any associated tests.
From what I remember it was only available for the paid tiers of Visual Studio for the longest time. A lot of developers complained that CodeLens was missing from Express, which was an even more limited edition of Visual Studio before Community became a thing.
I hadn't thought about CodeLens outside of a work environment because I just never needed it on the smaller side-projects I made at home. As I've been making larger and larger projects for myself and the community I started to miss having the ability to quickly find where some of my functions or models were being referenced or if they had test coverage.
I mentioned that to someone tonight and they told me that we've had CodeLens in the Community since 2017.
After looking around the settings, sure enough, I found that it came with CodeLens installed but turned off by default.
All you have to do to activate it is:
- Click Tools > Options
- Toggle open Text Editor
- Toggle open All Languages
- Click CodeLens
- Click Enable CodeLens
- Then click OK
Now you have CodeLens and can start getting better insights into your project like this: