Supercharge Xamarin Studio

Having used Xamarin Studio for most of the Xamarin University classes I must say I’m impressed, one notable drawback compared to Visual Studio is the lack of Resharper.

While not new news I thought it should help other newcomers to highlight that Xamarin Studio has an option to enable some additional Resharper style assistance. To do this in the Preferences->Text Editor->Source Analysis check the option ‘Enable source analysis of open files’.

Fix option

Once enabled the vertical scroll bar displays indicators for potential problems, hovering the cursor over this displays a tooltip describing the problem. Coloured squiggly underlines are also used to highlight the problem.


The ⌥ + ⏎ key shortcut will jump to the quick fix.

Quick fix

Or right click on the problem area of code and select the Fix option.

Fix option

Other useful links for greater productivity with Xamarin Studio:-

Michael Hutchinson - Getting the most from Xamarin Studio

Michael Hutchinson - Become a Xamarin Studio Expert

Miguel de Icaza Three Tricks in Xamarin Studio

John Miller - Xamarin Studio Tips & Tricks

Adam Wolf - Xamarin Studio Keyboard Shortcuts

Michael Crump/Telerik - Xamarin Studio Cheat Sheet

Nic Wise - Xamarin Cheat Sheet

Richard Woollcott

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