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this is a list of 10 great shortcuts me and my co workers use frequently, we thought you all
should know too. Here they are:

1. CTRL This is actually a shortcut for a shortcut. it is the same as CTRL + SHIFT +
F10 which opens the smart tag window and allows you to add Using statements

Or implement interfaces

and much more.

2. LTCTRL This one will open the Exceptions window, which allows you to
tell Visual Studio to halt at specific exceptions, halt on all exceptions or selecet some
exceptions to ignore.
^. CTRL
CRTL
 these two will format the code in the
window to be nicely indented. using "d" will format all the document while using "f" will
format only selected text. The formatting is for all types of documents, HTML, Xaml,
XML, C#« This one is my favorite.
4. T This one will cut the entire row from the document and past it to the
clipboard. No need to select the row, just put the marker there and click SHIFT + Del and
it is gone.
5. CTRL
CTRL These two are for commenting selected
text (the "c" options) and uncommenting selected text (the "u" option).
6. LT TR this little shortcut will open up the Properties window

7. CTRL This one opens up the code snippets dialogue within the code

If you want to create code snippets you should read my post about snippy the code
snippets editor.
Î. c! I think you all know this but still F12 is the shortcut for the "Go to definition"
command which will take you to the definition of the object your marker is currently on.
9. " Another one i think you all know, clicking on F9 will add a breakpoint to the code
line your marker is currently at. Clicking F9 again will remove this breakpoint from that
line.
10.CTRLLT# This one will open the Quick watch window while you debug

That¶s all I have for now. If you know of more cool shortcuts we missed, please comment.

Amit

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1. )* + Said on Apr 17, 200Î :

CTRL -
and
CTRL SHIFT -

moves the editing cursor to the last/next position


this is great if you decide to edit something somewhere else and you wanna go back to
that last method you were editing. CTRL - will save you so much time!

2. ´ *,  Said on Apr 17, 200Î :

Nice list.

Alt + Enter is also a general Windows shortcut for accessing properties of files, drives,
shortcuts, etc. It is a nice keystroke to keep in mind.

^.  -  +- Said on Apr 17, 200Î :

Shift + Alt + Enter (FullScreen mode) is a must know! It helps you to get rid of all the
properties, toolbar and other [obstrusive] windows that don¶t let you see the code. Hit it a
second time and the windows are back.

4. . Said on Apr 17, 200Î :

CTRL+M+M : Expanding / Collapsing code blocks, e.g. regions/methods.

5. å ,´ Said on Apr 17, 200Î :

CTRL + ALT + P (attach to process) is very useful when you¶re debugging web sites,
windows services, etc.

CTRL + R + R (rename) is great for refactoring, particularly if you have ReSharper


installed

6. , Said on Apr 17, 200Î :

SHIFT + F9 for quick watch even better than CTRL + ALT + Q

7.  ´  Said on Apr 17, 200Î :

Ctrl+Shift+B ² Build solution


Ctrl+J ² Intellisense, list members
Ctrl+Shift+Space ² Intellisense, list parameter info

The list members shortcut is handy. Before I started using this a lot, I would sometimes
type µthis.¶ to get a list of members. The parameter info is helpful for seeing information
about parameters you already typed in.

Î. T ** Said on Apr 17, 200Î :


Lot of items can be accessed from the µContext Menu Key¶ (assuming your keyboards
have that key«the one that looks like a little menu)«

CTX+Q - Quick Watch


CTX+D - Definition
CTX - same as CTRL+. above

I generally can get almost anything done with CTX+key or CTX then a quick combo of
down and right arrows.

Anyway, just my preference, by no means the end all.

9. + * * Said on Apr 1Î, 200Î :

You can also open properties window just by pressing F4. I like it more than Alt+Enter.

A year ago I was using Ctrl+K,Ctrl+X to insert a snippet, but I have understood that the
easiest way to do it is to type snippet name and press ³Tab´ afterwards.

10. . Said on Apr 1Î, 200Î :

I suggested Ctrl+A then DEL to my « less than able colleagues « didn¶t go down well!

Anyway, here¶s my favourite - even if it¶s not really a shortcut «

Ctrl + space

while coding lets VS finish for you or open intellisense if what you¶re type¶d is to
ambiguos

³string rediculouslyLongName;
ret´ then Ctrl + Space gives you

³string rediculouslyLongName;
rediculouslyLongName´

11..
 Said on Apr 20, 200Î :

I use FÎ and shift+FÎ to cycle through search results. It¶s a gem for me.

I think, if anything, the VS team should add an option in Visual Studio to annotate all
Menu items with their corresponding shortcuts.

12.+ Said on Apr 22, 200Î :


I am bookmarking this right now. I will have more to say in a few days. Thanks!

1^.*  Said on Apr 22, 200Î :

You should probably note that some of these are ReSharper only shortcuts. Maybe I
missed that somewhere. Just a thought.

14.+& Said on May 6, 200Î :

Dylan Vester,

Which shortcuts do you think are ReSharper only shortcuts? I don¶t own ReSharper. I¶ve
been using the majority of these shortcuts for years. The few that were new to me
worked.

15.+ Said on May 6, 200Î :

Non of them are resharper shortcuts. I know that because I dont use resharper as it takes
more resources than Windows Vista :). I am more of a Visual Assist kind of guy.

Amit

16. -. Said on Sep 24, 200Î :

F4 = ALT + ENTER ²> show properties

Ctrl + r + e : to generate get and set methods for member

Anyone know shortcut view all of Methods in class (same as Ctrl + o in eclipse) ?

17.'  Said on Dec ^1, 200Î :

ctrl-c without selecting anything copies a row (ehh, ctrl-v to paste it)

ctrl-a to select all, ctrl-k ctrl-f to format the code

f-12 to go to definition of item under cursor

1Î. . Said on Feb 6, 2009 :

Ctrl + r + e : to generate get and set methods for member

Anyone know how to do an entire block? For example highlight all ^ rows below and
generate the methods in one shot instead of select and generating each one?
public string test1;
public string test2;
public string test^;

19.
 Said on Feb 16, 2009 :

ctrl + ]
moves you to the beginning or end of a snippet, [], {}, etc.

20.C  R/ Said on Mar 26, 2009 :

Hello,

>Ctrl + r + e : to generate get and set methods for member


>Anyone know how to do an entire block?
>For example highlight all ^ rows below and generate the methods >in one shot instead
of select and generating each one?
>public string test1;
>public string test2;
>public string test^;

Try this tool:

http://www.adersoftware.com/index.cfm?page=vsPropertyGenerator2

I find it useful, it would have been perfect if the tool would be released as open source.

21.C  R/ Said on Mar 26, 2009 :

Hello,

Ctrl+Tab is a very handy shortcut as well.

Ctrl+Tab flips forward and backwards, between the last two accessed files.

22. ' Said on May 2Î, 2009 :

I think the third point which is:

´ ^. CTRL + ³k´ + ³f´ and CRTL + ³k´ + ³d´: these two will format the code in the
window to be nicely indented. using ³d´ will format all the document while using ³f´ will
format only selected text. The formatting is for all types of documents, HTML, Xaml,
XML, C#««´

is for older version(s). For VS 200Î, it is CTRL + ³E´ + ³F´ and CRTL + ³E´ + ³D´.
2^.,+0&  * Said on Jun 9, 2009 :

Ctrl+Shift+H is equivalent to Ctrl+H and does very smart job for find and replace.
Further, first do Ctrl+F for find and then just press F^ for next match. Easy!

A number of such short keys have made life easier. These ones are also worth looking at:
http://dotnetspidor.blogspot.com/2009/06/22-visual-studio-short-keys-and-6-short.html

Happy Programming!

24., . Said on Sep 4, 2009 :

Ctrl + Shift + F7 «.highlights the usages of any variable,methods «Find it very useful

25./1, Said on Oct 24, 2009 :

I personally like the following combo to clean up all my code and then go looking for a
certain code-block:

CTRL+K,D (to format the page)


CTRL+M,O (to collapse to definitions)

or if you want to expand all definitions: CTRL+M,P

26. *+  Said on Nov 2^, 2009 :

Visual Studio: Developer tools for developers who don¶t realize Linux is better for
software development.

Call me when Microsoft actually makes Visual C++ standards compliant.

27.C  R/ Said on Dec 15, 2009 :

This morning I¶ve discovered these two (I¶ve tested only C#)

Alt+UpArrow
Alt+DownArrow

Go to the beginning of the function


Go to the end of the function

2Î. , Said on Dec 29, 2009 :

Thanks all for putting all the shortcuts at one place. It was really helpful.
29.& Said on Jan 1Î, 2010 :

Cycle ClipBoard Ring


Shortcut:- Ctrl + Shift + Insert

Its very useful command to paste the previous copied text.

e.g
Dark
Wadia

If I copy Dark and later again copied wadia

If You use Ctrl + Shift + Insert(pressed once to get Wadia and


pressed twice to get Dark).

^0.& Said on Jan 1Î, 2010 :

Edit -> Cycle ClipBoard Ring


Shortcut:- Ctrl + Shift + Insert

Its very useful command to paste the previous copied text.

e.g
Dark
Wadia

If I copy Dark and later again copied wadia

If You use Ctrl + Shift + Insert(pressed once to get Wadia and


pressed twice to get Dark).

^1. Said on Jan 29, 2010 :

F7 - Turn visibility between code, markup and both

Nice article!!

Danilo

^2.'  Said on Feb 16, 2010 :

Ctrl + L to cut the entire line (copied to clipboard)


Ctrl + Shift + L to delete an entire line (not copied to clipboard)
Ctrl + Space to finish a variable/member name
Ctrl + } to go to the end/start bracket while on end/start bracket (of a method/condition
etc)

^^.T, Said on Feb 22, 2010 :

I don¶t work for resharper but I use it at work and the new version takes a TON less
resources and is a lot faster than previous versions.

^4.'  * Said on Mar 29, 2010 :

Re number 4. If you just cut (ctrl + x) it will do the same thing.

^5.å  Said on Jun 9, 2010 :

. += ³2 times tab key´

Write objectname then event name then write plus sign(+) then equals sign(=) then press
tab key two times.

This will generate the event code for the required object event.

^6. Said on Jul 7, 2010 :

Welcome
Ctr + Shift + u - uppercase the word
Ctr + u - lowercase
Ctr + w - select whole word under cursor

Ctr + space open IntelliSense list

ctr+-, ctr+shift+insert, ctr+shiflt+b - good to know


Thanks

^7.   Said on Jul 29, 2010 :

Is there a short cut (hot key) to collapse all items in solution explorer.

^Î.C  , Said on Sep ^, 2010 :

Anyone know short cut of creating dafinatio of written subroutine or function. like i type
the name of subroutine which is still not defined.

Thanx