Accessibility Tips and Tricks

Visual Studio includes built-in accessibility features so you can easily work from the keyboard and use screen readers or other assistive technology devices. The topic includes some suggestions for optimizing Visual Studio for accessibility as well as some useful shortcut key combinations.

Note Note

The dialog boxes and menu commands you see might differ from those 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.

You can customize your IDE experience by saving your window layout, keyboard mapping scheme, and other preferences for use on your current computer and on other computers. For more information, see How to: Share Settings Between Computers or Visual Studio Versions and Visual Studio Settings.

You can use many of the standard Windows shortcut key combinations to perform tasks within Visual Studio. Some of these shortcut key combinations include:

Description

Key Combination

Switch High Contrast on and off

Left ALT + Left SHIFT + PRINT SCREEN

Select or clear the check box option in a dialog box

SPACEBAR

Display the properties of the selected item. For example, puts focus in the Properties Window if a form is selected or Opens the Property Page dialog box if a project is selected.

ALT+ENTER

Display the items in the active list, such as a drop-down list, in a dialog box

ALT + DOWN ARROW

Display items in an active drop-down list in a grid

SHIFT + ALT + DOWN ARROW

Some features have shortcut keys available that do not appear in the Options dialog box on the Environment\Keyboard pane. These shortcut key combinations include the following:

Feature

Description

Key Combination

Toolbox window

Move among Toolbox tabs

CTRL + UP ARROW

and

CTRL + DOWN ARROW

Toolbox window

Add a control from the Toolbox to a form or designer

ENTER

Keyboard, Environment, Options dialog box

Delete a key combination entered in the Press shortcut keys option

BACKSPACE

All tool windows

Select the first button on the toolbar of the window

SHIFT + ALT

IDE toolbars

Select the first button on the Standard toolbar

ALT, CTRL + TAB

Note Note

Press CTRL + TAB again to select the first button on the next IDE toolbar.

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