[MonoDevelop] how to get rid of Symbol Usage Highlighting

Tjeerd Schouten schouten_tjeerd at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 13 03:15:52 UTC 2012

I am using MonoDevelop 2.8.2 which comes with Unity. This version has a "feature" which is called "Symbol Usage Highlighting" which you can find here:

To make this feature easier to find, it is renamed to "highlighting of usages" in the Tools->options->text-editor->General menu. To provide more user inconvenience, the ability to disable this feature has been removed in version 2.8.2. To increase the user experience even more, Unity has decided not to update to the latest MonoDevelop, even with the recent update. The latest MonoDevelop does have the ability to switch this feature off. 

Enough sarcasm. This feature is incredibly slow and freezes MonoDevelop when putting the cursor on a number in a large cs file. So I want to switch it off. But I can't. Unity has ignored my countless bug reports on this and fails to update to the latest MonoDevelop.

So my question is: how can I hack MonoDevelop Unity version 2.8.2 so that I force this feature to be off? Upgrading to the latest MonoDevelop version from the site is not an option as Unity has a custom version which is not interchangeable.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


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