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Shortcut Element (IntelliSense Code Snippets)

Specifies the shortcut text used to insert the snippet.


  
    
      
<Shortcut>
    Shortcut Text
</Shortcut>

The following sections describe attributes, child elements, and parent elements.

Attributes

None.

Child Elements

None.

Parent Elements

Element

Description

Header

Contains general information about the code snippet.

A text value is optional.

This text is used as a shortcut for inserting the code snippet. The text value of a Shortcut element can only contain alphanumeric characters, hyphens ( - ), and underscores ( _ ).

To use the text value of the Shortcut element to insert a Visual Basic code snippet, type the shortcut value in the Code Editor, and press the TAB key. For example, to insert a code snippet with a Shortcut element value of MySnippet, type MySnippet into the Code Editor and press the TAB key. For more information, see How to: Insert Snippets Into Your Code.

NoteNote

In Visual Basic projects, you can type the first few letters of the shortcut name followed by a question mark (?), and press TAB to see a list of all snippet shortcuts that begin with those letters.

To use the text value of the Shortcut element to insert a Visual C# code snippet, type the shortcut value in the Code Editor, and press the TAB key twice. For example, to insert a code snippet with a Shortcut element value of MySnippet, type MySnippet into the Code Editor and press the TAB key twice. For more information, see How To: Use Code Snippets (C#).

If two code snippets contain the same Shortcut element value, a disambiguator box will open after you type the shortcut and press the TAB key, allowing you to select the correct code snippet.

The Shortcut element in the following example has a value of copyfile. To insert this code snippet, type copyfile in the Code Editor and press the TAB key.

<CodeSnippets xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/2005/CodeSnippet">
    <CodeSnippet Format="1.0.0">
        <Header>
            <Title>Copy File</Title>
            <Author>Microsoft Corporation</Author>
            <Description>Copies a file and saves it as another file.</Description>
            <HelpUrl>www.microsoft.com</HelpUrl>
            <SnippetTypes>
                <SnippetType>Expansion</SnippetType>
            </SnippetTypes>
            <Keywords>
                 <Keyword>File copying</Keyword>
                 <Keyword>Copying files</Keyword>
            </Keywords>
            <Shortcut>copyfile</Shortcut>
        </Header>
        <Snippet>
            <!-- Insert snippet information here -->
        </Snippet>
    </CodeSnippet>
</CodeSnippets>

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