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Accelerator Keys for the Dialog Editor

Below are the default accelerator keys for the Dialog editor commands. To change shortcut keys, click Options on the Tools menu, then choose Keyboard under the Environment folder. For more information, see How to: Work with Keyboard Shortcuts.

NoteNote

The options available in dialog boxes, and the names and locations of menu commands you see, might differ from what is described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Visual Studio Settings.

Command

Keys

Description

Format.AlignBottoms

CTRL + SHIFT + DOWN ARROW

Aligns the bottom edges of the selected controls with the dominant control

Format.AlignCenters

SHIFT + F9

Aligns the vertical centers of the selected controls with the dominant control

Format.AlignLefts

CTRL + SHIFT + LEFT ARROW

Aligns the left edges of the selected controls with the dominant control

Format.AlignMiddles

F9

Aligns the horizontal centers of the selected controls with the dominant control

Format.AlignRights

CTRL + SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW

Aligns the right edges of the selected controls with the dominant control

Format.AlignTops

CTRL + SHIFT + UP ARROW

Aligns the top edges of the selected controls with the dominant control

Format.ButtonBottom

CTRL + B

Places the selected buttons along the bottom-center of the dialog box

Format.ButtonRight

CTRL + R

Places the selected buttons in the top-right corner of the dialog box

Format.CenterHorizontal

CTRL + SHIFT + F9

Centers the controls horizontally within the dialog box

Format.CenterVertical

CTRL + F9

Centers the controls vertically within the dialog box

Format.CheckMnemonics

CTRL + M

Checks uniqueness of mnemonics

Format.SizeToContent

SHIFT + F7

Resizes the selected control(s) to fit the caption text

Format.SpaceAcross

ALT + LEFT ARROW

Evenly spaces the selected controls horizontally

Format.SpaceDown

ALT + DOWN ARROW

Evenly spaces the selected controls vertically

Format.TabOrder

CTRL + D

Sets the order of controls within the dialog

Format.TestDialog

CTRL + T

Runs the dialog box to test appearance and behavior

Format.ToggleGuides

CTRL + G

Cycles between no grid, guidelines, and grid for dialog editing

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