Troubleshooting IntelliSense in C++ Projects

IntelliSense can stop working under certain conditions. Use the following steps to help determine why IntelliSense does not work for C++ projects.

To investigate IntelliSense failure in C++ projects

  1. Make sure that the Visual C++ project contains no compilation errors.

    1. If the project is a Makefile project, see How to: Enable IntelliSense for Makefile Projects.
  2. Make sure that stdafx.h is on the include path. For more information about include paths in Visual C++ projects, see #include Directive (C/C++) and /I (Additional Include Directories).

IntelliSense Limitations

IntelliSense does not work in C++ projects under the following circumstances:

  • The cursor is in a code comment.

  • You are writing a string literal.

  • A syntax error appears over the cursor.

  • The solution consists of either the syntax for managed C++, or the earlier Managed Extensions for C++ syntax.

  • IntelliSense is not fully supported when you reference a header file multiple times by using the #include directive, and the meaning of that header file changes because of various macro states that are defined through the #define directive. In other words, when you include a header file several times and the header usage changes under different macro states, IntelliSense does not always work.

See Also


How to: Organize Project Output Files for Builds

Other Resources

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