Visual Studio 2012: Enable/Disable IntelliSense for “Visual C#”

One of the great feature of Visual Studio IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is its IntelliSense feature. IntelliSense enables productivity because it provides code elements that you can select when you are coding. IntelliSense enables to show members list, parameter info, quick info and completes word.

This article explains how to enable or disable IntelliSense.

Step 1. Open Visual Studio 2012 IDE.

Step 2. Select Tools menu. Visual Studio will display a pull-down menu.

Visual Studio 2012 - Tools menu

Visual Studio 2012 – Tools menu

Step 3. Select “Options…” menu item from Tools menu. Visual Studio will display “Options” dialog.

Step 4. From “Options” dialog, select “Text Editor” node. Visual Studio will expand the node and display its node items.

Visual Studio 2012 - IntelliSense for "Visual C#"

Visual Studio 2012 – IntelliSense for “Visual C#”

Step 5. Select “C#” node. Visual Studio will expand C# node and display its node items.

Step 6. Select IntelliSense item under C# node. Visual Studio will display IntelliSense related settings in right side pane.

Step 6.1. Select “Show completion list after a character is typed” checkbox under “Completion Lists” section to enable IntelliSense. Once you select this checkbox, Visual Studio will automatically selects “Place keywords in completion lists” and “Place code snippets in completion lists” checkboxes and disables them to unselect.

To disable IntelliSense unselect “Show completion list after a character is typed” checkbox. Visual Studio automatically enables “Place keywords in completion lists” and “Place code snippets in completion lists” checkboxes for selection. Unselect these checkboxes.

Step 6.2. Select “Committed by pressing the space bar” checkbox to enable IntelliSense.

To disable IntelliSense unselect “Committed by pressing the space bar” checkbox.

Step 6.3. Select “Pre-select most recently used member” checkbox to enable IntelliSense.

To disable IntelliSense unselect “Pre-select most recently used member” checkbox.

Step 7. Select General node under C# node from left side of Options dialog. Visual Studio displays C#‘s General options in right side pane.

Visual Studio 2012 - "Visual C#" General options

Visual Studio 2012 – “Visual C#” General options

Step 7.1. Select “Auto list members” checkbox to enable IntelliSense.

To disable IntelliSense unselect “Auto list members” checkbox.

Step 7.2. Select “Parameter information” checkbox to enable IntelliSense.

To disable IntelliSense unselect “Parameter information” checkbox.

Step 8. Now check in Visual Studio IDE that your IntelliSense options are working as you expected.

🙂 Sahida

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