Keyboard shortcuts (XAML)

In addition to the keyboard shortcuts for XAML projects in Blend for Visual Studio, you can also use shortcuts for items on the design surface, to modify the Pen tool, and to modify the Direct Selection tool.

For more information, see one of the following:

To do this

Do this

Create a new project

Ctrl+Shift+N

Open a project or solution

Ctrl+Shift+O

Close a solution or project

Ctrl+Shift+C

Save a copy of the project

Ctrl+Shift+P

Add an existing item to the project

Ctrl+I

Add a reference to a DLL

Alt+Shift+R

Build the project

Ctrl+Shift+B

Run a project

F5 or Ctrl+F5

View Help

F1

Add or remove Help

Ctrl+F1

Exit

Alt+F4

To do this

Do this

Switch between open documents

Ctrl+Tab

Save the active document

Ctrl+S

Save all documents

Ctrl+Shift+S

Close the active document

Ctrl+W

Close all open documents

Ctrl+Shift+W

Undo the last action

Ctrl+Z

Redo the last action that was undone

Ctrl+Y or Ctrl+Shift+Z

Cut

Ctrl+X

Copy

Ctrl+C

Paste

Ctrl+V

Delete

Delete

Find text (Code view only)

Ctrl+F

Find the next occurrence of text (Code view only)

F3 or Ctrl+H (Find and Replace)

Find in files

Ctrl+Shift+F

Replace text (Code view only)

Ctrl+H

Create annotation

Ctrl+Shift+T

To do this

Do this

Create a new item

Ctrl+N

Duplicate an object

Hold down Alt and drag the object

Reparent an object

Drag the object over a layout panel and press Alt

Edit a control

Ctrl+E

Edit the text in a control

F2 (Esc to exit)

Make the selected objects the same width

Ctrl+Shift+1

Make the selected objects the same height

Ctrl+Shift+2

Make the selected objects the same size

Ctrl+Shift+9

Flip the selected object horizontally

Ctrl+Shift+3

Flip the selected object vertically

Ctrl+Shift+4

Show object boundaries

Ctrl+Shift+H

Select multiple objects

Hold down Ctrl

Select multiple adjacent objects

Hold down Shift

Pin active container

Ctrl+Shift+D

Nudge selected objects

Arrow keys

Group objects into a layout panel

Ctrl+G

Ungroup objects

Ctrl+Shift+G

Bring the selected object to the front

Ctrl+Shift+]

Bring forward

Ctrl+]

Send the selected object to the back of the object tree

Ctrl+Shift+[

Send backward

Ctrl+[

Constrain proportions of objects

Hold down Shift while dragging the object

Rotate an object in 15-degree increments

Hold down Shift while rotating the object

Lock selection

Ctrl+L

Unlock all objects

Ctrl+Shift+L

Show selection

Ctrl+T

Hide selection

Ctrl+3

Select all objects

Ctrl+A

Clear selection of all objects

Ctrl+Shift+A

Make clipping path

Ctrl+7

Release clipping path

Ctrl+Shift+7

Make compound path

Ctrl+8

Release compound path

Ctrl+Shift+8

To do this

Do this

Switch between Design, Code, and Split views

F11

Fit selection

Ctrl+9

Fit all

Ctrl+0

Zoom in on the artboard

Ctrl+Equal Sign

Zoom out on the artboard

Ctrl+Minus Sign (-)

Zoom in or out on the artboard

Rotate the mouse wheel

Move the artboard left or right

Shift and rotate the mouse wheel

Move the artboard up or down

Ctrl and rotate the mouse wheel

Show or hide handles (adorners)

F9

Show or hide object boundaries

Ctrl+Shift+H

View actual size

Ctrl+1

Move left edge left

Ctrl+Shift+<

Move right edge left

Ctrl+Shift+Alt+<

Move left edge right

Ctrl+Shift+>

Move right edge right

Ctrl+Shift+Alt+>

To do this

Do this

Switch between Animation and Design workspaces

Ctrl+F11

Show or hide the Assets panel

Ctrl+Period

Show or hide the Results panel

F12

Show or hide all panels

F4

Reset the active workspace layout

Ctrl+Shift+R

Pan the workspace

Hold down Spacebar

Temporarily use the Selection tool (while a different tool remains selected)

Hold down Ctrl

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