Visual Studio C# Code Snippets Overview

C# Code Snippets are a very useful feature provided by Visual Studio IDE. The post Visual Studio 2012 IDE versions have a unique coding experience where developers can use the code snippet (usually called a short form of the code) typed will insert the common code constructs/fragments. This helps rapid code development by minimizing the keystrokes. For example, you want to create a new class, then you would need to type “class” followed by class name, open the braces, and close the braces. But if you use the C# code snippet by typing “class” followed by the TAB key twice will create the class template automatically.

Visual Studio C# Code Snippets Overview:

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Visual Studio C# code snippets:

In Visual Studio, the Code Snippet Manager maintains C# code snippets. The Code Snippet manager can be invoked via menu Tools -> Code Snippets Manager or by hitting Ctrl + K, Ctrl + B short keys.

After clicking on the Code Snippets Manager menu option, the Code Snippets Manager window will open, showing all preconfigured code snippets for C# languages.

Code Snippet Manager also contains code snippets for HTML, ASP.NET MVC project and many more types. In addition to that you can create our own custom code snippets based on our requirements. At a high level understanding, code snippets are configured in .snippet file which is the XML template. Once the snippet template is created, you can import the .snippet file using Import option in Code Snippet Manager. Further you can checkout how to create custom C# code snippets article for more details.


C# Code Snippets make developer life easy by enabling less required keystrokes to write code. This makes developers concentrate on the business logic rather than typing the template repeatedly. You can also extend the C# code snippets by writing custom code snippet scripts.

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