BUG: No way to avoid popup help in Xcode 4

Number:rdar://9149588 Date Originated:
Status:Open Resolved:
Product:Developer Tools Product Version:Xcode 4.0 / 4A304a
Classification:Serious Bug Reproducible:Always

Shift option click can't be used to avoid popup help

Steps to Reproduce:

Hold down shift and option while clicking on a symbol.

Expected Results:

The documentation viewer should appear without popup help appearing.

Actual Results:



This is a regression from Xcode 3.


When you hold down the option key and click on a symbol in Xcode, you see a popup window with a summary of the symbol that was clicked.

For novices, this window has some utility—it provides a simple way for them to dig into what is probably unfamiliar territory ("What's a UIWindow anyway?").

The problem is that this window becomes a roadblock for experienced developers. We know damn well what a UIWindow is: we need to dig into the details of this important class. Maybe we want to see know more about the rootViewController instance or look at some of the methods in UIResponder (because we know it inherits from that.) This helpful popup quickly becomes a hindrance.

In previous versions of Xcode, holding down the shift key along with the option key gave you a quick way to avoid this popup help. In Xcode 4, that shortcut is gone.


In the last couple of Xcode versions, Option-double-click opens the documentation browser instead of showing a popup.

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