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FastFind MemPro

Visual Studio Plugin

Visual Studio 2010 (up to version 4.3)
Visual Studio 2012
Visual Studio 2013
Visual Studio 2015
Visual Studio 2017
Visual Studio 2019
Visual Studio 2022


FastFind - find anything
in an instant.



Alt+F Open FastFind
Alt+Shift+F Open FastFind (docked)
Alt+O Toggle C++ Source/Header

You can change the key binding by going into the Visual Studio Tools Menu -> Options. Select Environment -> General -> Keyboard. Type 'FastFind' into the 'Show Commands Containing..." box.". You can then assign FastFind to whatever key that you wish.


Find in Solution
Start typing in the FastFind text box to find all files, solution and text in files that matches the string.
    example: MyVariable
    example: MyClass
    example: MyComponent*
    example: ::FunctionName(*,*)
    example: MyFile.cpp
    example: MySolution.sln
    example: pretty much anything...instantly

Open Files From Disk
Start typing a file system path and auto-complete with tab
    example: d:\MyProject\somefile...

Opening a solution file:
Open a solution file: start typing the name of the solution, use the up/down cursor keys to select the solution, hit enter to open the solution.
    example: MySolution.sln
    example: .sln to list all solutions

All searches support the wildcard character *
    example: My*Variable will match all variables that start with My and end with Variable

Space wildcard:
For file searches, space acts as a wildcard.
    example: My File.cpp will match all files that start with My and end with File.cpp

Logical expressions:
You can use the logical operators AND and OR and AND NOT
    example: apples AND oranges will match lines that have the words apples and oranges in (in any order).
    example: apples OR oranges
    example: apples OR oranges AND NOT bananas

WORD operator End your search with WORD to match only full words.
    example: my_variable WORD will match my_variable but not my_variable_1

CASE operator End your search with CASE perform a case sensitive match.
    example: MyVariable CASE will match all lines that contain MyVariable (casesensitive)

IN operator Find text in files that match the path pattern
    example: SomeText IN CoreLib Finds 'SomeText' in all files whose path contains CoreLib, eg Solution\Libs\CoreLib\MyFile.cpp
    example: SomeText IN .cpp Finds 'SomeText' in all files whose path matches the wildcard. Example: MyThing IN MyFolder\*.h
    example: SomeText IN file1.cpp,file2.cpp Finds 'SomeText' in file1.cpp and file2.cpp

NOT IN operator Find text in files that do not match the path pattern
    example: SomeText NOT IN CoreLib Finds 'SomeText' in all files whose path doesn't contains CoreLib
    example: SomeText NOT IN My*Lib Finds 'SomeText' in all files whose path does not match the wildcard *My*Lib*

DEF operator Attempt to find a class definition
    example: MyClass DEF expands "MyClass DEF" to "class MyClass AND NOT ; CASE WORD"

Keyboard Shortcuts

These can be changed in the Visual Studio Key bindings

Alt-Shift-OOpen or Activate FastFind (modal)
Alt-Shift-POpen or Activate FastFind (docked)
Alt-OToggle C++ source/header

FastFind control keys

Alt-Down- Show history dropdown
Down- Show history dropdown (if text box empty)
Alt-C- Toggle match case
Alt-W- Toggle match word
Ctrl-Backspace- Delete to start of current word
Ctrl-Home/End- Select first/last match
Tab- auto-complete when entering path
Escape- close modal FastFind window

General Notes

The first time you open a solution it might take a while to scan all of the source files. This will only happen the first time the solution is opened.

To open the settings int he fastfind window click on the cog to the right. Click again to close.

Pressing down in the text box when it is empty will show you old searches.

FastFind automatcally adds an implicit * wildcard to the start and end of the search string (eg *MyVariable*, so there is never any need to add your own.

FastFind will only scan files whos extensions match those that are set in the settings. If you add a new extension in the fastfind window that is not in the settings it will be automatically added to the settings and the solution will the re-scanned.

FastFind will only show solution files that have already been opened normally. When you open a solution fastfind will remember it and show it in the search results.