Add Additional References in LINQPad

LINQPad is one of my favorite development tools. I use it all the time to do quick tests to verify thoughts or discussions that I’m having with peers. It’s terrific for building snippets for email and doing quick what-is-this-really-doing checks. (And it’s perfectly free!)

One of the not-so-obvious things that I’ve run into with LINQPad is adding references. I looked through all the menus looking for some sort of “Add References” option but found nothing!

While slightly less obvious than I would’ve liked, adding references is very easy to do: just press F4. This is the keyboard shortcut to Query Properties–which can be found in the menus–where you can add additional assembly references or import namespaces.

I loves me some LINQPad!

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