silkfire silkfire - 1 month ago 16
C# Question

Visual Studio not showing IntelliSense descriptions anymore

Since a month ago, my VS doesn't seem to want to display the summary info for any system methods or classes.

I had ReSharper installed and started noticing this problem. I assumed ReSharper disabled the default method descriptions, so wasn't thinking much about, only considering it a mere annoyance.

After removing ReSharper, though, the problem persisted.

VS now only shows descriptions for my own methods which I've added a

<summary>
tag for and any descriptions from NuGet packages, but not system methods like
Where
,
Encoding.GetString
, etc.

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I've tried repairing VS, resetting settings, un-/checking checkboxes in Options > Text Editor > General, but to no avail.

Has anyone had a similar problem?

Answer

This looks more like a framework issue rather that a VS/R# issue. If neither one of them can load the description strings, it probably means the description XML files are missing.

Check if you see the XML files in:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Reference Assemblies\Microsoft\Framework\.NETFramework\4.5.2

If you don't, then reinstall the framework to fix the issue.

Link to .NET Framework 4.5.2 Developer Pack: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42637

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