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Shortcut Keys

The integrated development environment (IDE) provides several pre-defined keyboard binding schemes. These schemes can be selected from the get.MyProfile pane of the Visual Studio Home Page. You can create your own custom keyboard mapping schemes from the Keyboard pane of Environment Options in the Options dialog box. You can access the Options dialog box from the Tools menu.

The available keyboard binding schemes include the following:

Some of the standard shortcut key combinations that work within all Windows-based applications are listed below.

Name Shortcut keys Description
Activate application menu ALT + SPACEBAR Opens the program menu, allowing the user to manage the state of the application window, for example, move or resize.
Activate document window menu ALT + HYPHEN Opens the document menu, allowing the user to manage the state of the active document window, for example, move or resize. Available only while in MDI mode from within a document window.
Activate tool window menu ALT + HYPHEN Opens the tool window menu, allowing the user to move the tool window within the IDE. Available only while within a tool window.
Close application ALT + F4 Closes the integrated development environment (IDE).
Close document CTRL+F6 Closes the active application document.
Collapse all tree nodes NUM + - Collapses all nodes in the current tree view.
Expand all tree nodes NUM + * Expands all nodes in the current tree view.
Move to menu bar ALT Activates the main IDE menu bar.
Move to next toolbar CTRL + TAB Moves to the next visible toolbar. Available only while the main menu bar is active.
Move to previous toolbar CTRL + SHIFT + TAB Moves to the previous visible toolbar. Available only while the main menu bar is active.
Move to tool window toolbar SHIFT + ALT Activates the tool window toolbar. Available only while in a tool window containing a toolbar.
Move tree focus down CTRL + DOWN ARROW Moves the focus in tree view down without changing the selection. This shortcut can be used to select multiple items in the tree.
Move tree focus up CTRL + UP ARROW Moves the focus in tree view up without changing the selection. This shortcut can be used to select multiple items in the tree.
Shortcut menu SHIFT + F10 Displays the shortcut menu.
Toggle drop-down list visibility F4 Hides and shows a drop-down list. Available only while within a drop-down list.
Toggle tree focus selection CTRL + SPACEBAR Toggles a selection for the current focus in tree view.

See Also

My Profile, Start Page | Keyboard, Environment, Options Dialog Box

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