1.4 The Find Symbols Dialog

Code Builder provides a tool called the Find Symbols dialog to quickly open one or multiple wanted symbols by specifying certain conditions. To open this dialog, you can click Tools: Find Symbols on the menu bar or press SHIFT + ALT + S from keyboard.

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Find Symbols

The Find Symbols dialog box lists all symbols in the current workspace including: macros, classes, member functions, and functions. To open one or multiple symbols in Text Editor, click on the symbol (press CTRL or SHIFT for multiple selection) in the list and click OK or press ENTER. You can also double click on a symbol to open a single file.

The Find Symbols dialog allows you to sort the symbols by name, definition, type, and file. Upon clicking on the Symbol tab, a triangle will be displayed on the right of tab File, the symbols in the dialog box will then be listed in ascending alphabetical order. Click again, the triangle will point downwards, indicating the symbols will be listed in descending alphabetical order. It is similar to the tab Definition, Type, File.

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Right-click on the symbol list to display a shortcut menu with useful commands:

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Search Window

The Find Symbols dialog provides a Search Window tool to find the wanted symbols with specified conditions. You can type string in the search window to set one or multiple conditions, then the symbols that meet with those specified criteria will be listed in the dialog box. You can use the symbols listed in the following table to specify the condition. The symbols can be used alone or in combination.

Symbol Usage
- (minus) Search the symbol whose definition excludes the string, e.g. "getobj -base" will find the symbols whose definitions include "getobj" and exclude "base".
| (vertical line) character is placed behind the string it will find the symbol whose definition ends with that string, e.g. "|void name()|" will find the symbols whose definitions begin with "void" and end with "name()".

File Information Tips

There're two tips about file information in the Find Symbols dialog.

  • Preview helps you locates the correct symbol.
    When the Mouse is hovering on the selected symbol name, a preview of the code lines nearby the symbol will appear in a rectangle box, including the symbol itself. In the bottom of the rectangle box lies the file path and name information of the file that contains the symbol.
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  • The number in the tag indicates how many symbols are found.
    The first number in the title bar indicates how many symbols are found. The second number indicates total number of symbols in the current workspace.
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