I am just going through the "Building custom UI elements using add-ins" walkthrough. ArcGIS integrated development environment (IDE) is installed. No problems creating the ArcMap Add-on project until i get to the part where i am suppose to RIGHT-CLICK in the editor window and select the ArcGIS Snippet Finder...

There is no ArcGIS Snippet Finder on the shortcut menu that pops up (see attached)

An example of what i should be seeing is here: http://help.arcgis.com/en/sdk/10.0/a...0000036s000000

Where is the Snippet Finder?

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  • Do you have the Desktop and Engine SDK installed on your box (is that what you mean by "ArcGIS integrated development environment (IDE) is installed")? Commented Oct 25, 2010 at 20:32
  • Yes Installed. (The ArcGIS Visual Studio IDE Integration Framework is an optional installation feature included with the ArcObjects software development kit (SDK) for .NET) More here:help.arcgis.com/en/sdk/10.0/arcobjects_net/conceptualhelp/… Commented Oct 25, 2010 at 20:42
  • Is it possible to install the SDK without the Snippet Finder? If so would you recommend re-installing? Commented Oct 25, 2010 at 20:45
  • I notice you are using VS Express...could that have anything to do with it? Commented Oct 25, 2010 at 20:51
  • Apparently VS Express is fully supported. Perhaps not? Commented Oct 25, 2010 at 21:04

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Saw a few posts about this on the ESRI forums. This one in particular mentions:

for Visual Studio Express 2008/ArcGIS 10; - in VS, click on Tools>Code Snippets Manager - Click on Add... and browse to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common 7\IDE\VBExpress\Snippets\ArcObjects - Click OK and OK - ArcObjects will now appear in the "Insert Snippet" context menu

Does that work?

For ArcGIS10.1 with MS Visual Studio Express 2010 users, change the above path to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\VCSExpress\Snippets\ArcObjects if using VC#, and presumably change VCSExpress to VBExpress if you're going down the VB route.

  • Thanks Simon. This seems to be the VBExpress version of the functionality although one can hardly call it a "Finder". (No my problem is finding the snippets without the search option) I have to admin my disappointment with ESRI in this regard and what they claim to be a "replacement" for VBA. VS Express is nowhere near, it seems more and more obvious to me that a full version of VS is required in order to migrate VBA to Add-Ins. Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 12:59
  • Simon, do you have any idea where I could find a 'list' of available snippets? Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 13:29
  • Found it. ArcObject->Mapping Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 13:44

I run into the same problem, and Simon's suggestion above pretty much helped my situation. A couple of extra steps I did:

  1. In VB Express, under tool, the option of "code snippet manager" was not visible. To access this option, I had to the settings under tool from "Basic Settings" to "Expert Settings".

  2. The path that Simon outlined above, in my case, was under C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\VCSExpress\Snippets\ArcObjects. The only difference being C:\Program Files (x86) vs. C:\Program Files.

I followed the steps above, and was able get access to "Arcobjects" snippets within VB Express 2010.

  • You just prevented a very heavy head-desk! Thank you. Commented Apr 3, 2015 at 0:38

Not sure if this was the case for you but, I read on the ESRI forum that for 9.3 they suggested a reinstall the SDK if VS2008 is installed after the SDK.


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