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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Must Know Visual Studio Keyboard Shortcuts



In this post let me give you a short list of keyboard shortcuts for things you probably do often in Visual Studio. Many of them might be using these but still there are some who are not much familiar with using keyboard short cuts while programming.

Visual Studio Keyboard Shortcuts

Editor Related Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + Enter   =   Insert blank line above the current line.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Enter   =   Insert blank line below the current line.
  • Ctrl + Space   =   Autocomplete using IntelliSense.
  • Alt +Shift +arrow keys(,,,  =  Select custom part of the code.
  • Ctrl + }   =   Match curly braces, brackets.
  • Ctrl + Shift + }   =   Select text between matched braces, brackets.
  • Ctrl + Shift + S   =   Saves all files and projects.
  • Ctrl + K, Ctrl + C   =   Comments the selected lines.
  • Ctrl + K, Ctrl + U   =   Uncomments the selected lines.
  • Ctrl + K, Ctrl + D   =   Do proper alignment of all the code.
  • Shift + End   =   Select the entire line from start to end.
  • Shift + Home   =   Select the entire line from end to start.
  • Ctrl + Delete   =   Deletes the word to the right of the cursor.

Debugging Related Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + Alt + P   =   Attach to process.
  • F10   =   Debug step over.
  • F5   =   Start debugging.
  • Shift + F5   =   Stop debugging.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Q   =   Add quick watch.
  • F9   =   Set or remove a breakpoint.

Search Related Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + K Ctrl + K   =   Bookmark the current line.
  • Ctrl + K Ctrl + N   =   Navigates to next bookmark.
  • Ctrl + .   =   If you type in a class name like Collection<string> and do not have the proper namespace import then this shortcut combination will automatically insert the import.
  • Ctrl + Shift + F   =   Find in Files.
  • Shift + F12   =   Find all references.
  • Ctrl + F   =   Displays the Find Dialog.
  • Ctrl + H   =   Displays the Replace Dialog.
  • Ctrl + G   =   Jumps to the line number or go to the line.
  • Ctrl + Shift + F   =   Find the references of the selected item in the entire solution.

Navigation Related Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + Up/Down   =   Scrolls the window without moving the cursor.
  • Ctrl + –   =   Take cursor to its previous location.
  • Ctrl + +   =   Take cursor to its next location.
  • F12   =   Go to definition.

Project Related Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + Shift + B   =   Build your project.
  • Ctrl + Alt + L   =   Shows Solution Explorer.
  • Shift + Alt + C   =   Add new class.
  • Shift + Alt + A   =   Add new item to project.
You can go through the complete list of shortcuts here

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