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Default Settings Shortcut Keys

The following table lists the default key combinations available for the Default Settings keyboard scheme.

Global shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used in various places within the integrated development environment (IDE).

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Edit.Copy CTRL + C
CTRL + INSERT
Copies the currently selected item to the system clipboard.
Edit.Cut CTRL + X
SHIFT + DELETE
Removes the currently selected item to the system clipboard.
Edit.CycleClipboardRing CTRL + SHIFT + INS
CTRL + SHIFT + V
Pastes an item from the Clipboard Ring tab of the Toolbox at the insertion point in the file and automatically selects the pasted item. You can review each item on the Clipboard by repeatedly pressing the shortcut keys.
Edit.GoToNextLocation F8 Moves the cursor to the next item, such as a task in the Task List window or a search match in the Find Results window. Each time you press F8, you move to the next item in the list.
Edit.GoToPreviousLocation SHIFT + F8 Moves the cursor to the previous item in the Task List window or Find Results window.
Edit.GoToReference SHIFT + F12 Displays the reference of the selection in the code.
Edit.OpenFile CTRL + SHIFT + G Displays the Open File dialog box where you can select an existing file to open.
Edit.Paste CTRL + V
SHIFT + INSERT
Inserts the Clipboard contents at the insertion point.
Edit.Redo CTRL + SHIFT + Z
CTRL + Y
SHIFT + ALT + BACKSPACE
Restores the previously undone action.
Edit.SelectionCancel ESC Closes a menu or dialog box, cancels an operation in progress, or places focus in the current document window. Available only in the .NET Framework Designer.
Edit.Undo ALT + BACKSPACE
CTRL + Z
Reverses the last editing action.
File.Print CTRL + P Displays the Print dialog box where you can choose printer settings.
File.SaveAll CTRL + SHIFT + S Saves all documents in the current solution and any files in the external files project.
File.SaveSelectedItems CTRL + S Saves the selected items in the current project.
Tools.GoToCommandLine CTRL + / Places the caret in the Find/Command box on the Standard toolbar.
View.NextTask CTRL + SHIFT + F12 Moves to the next task in the Task List window.
View.PopBrowseContext CTRL + SHIFT + 8 Returns to the location from where the last browse operation was performed. Available in the Object Browser or Class View window.
View.ViewCode F7 Displays the selected item in Code view of the Editor.
View.ViewDesigner SHIFT + F7 Displays the selected item in Design view of the Editor.
View.WebNavigateBack ALT + LEFT ARROW Displays the previous page in the viewing history. Available only in the Web Browser window.
View.WebNavigateForward ALT + RIGHT ARROW Displays the next page in the viewing history. Available only in the Web Browser window.

HTML Designer shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can only be used while editing in the HTML Designer. Certain keys combinations are available only in a specific view of that designer.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Edit.ListMembers CTRL + J Lists members of the current class for statement completion when editing code. Available only in HTML view of the HTML Designer.
Edit.ParameterInfo CTRL + SHIFT + SPACEBAR Displays a tool tip that contains information for the current parameter, based on the current language. Available only in HTML view of the HTML Editor.
Edit.ViewBottom CTRL + PAGE DOWN Moves to the bottom of the current document. Available only in HTML View of the HTML Designer.
Edit.ViewTop CTRL + PAGE UP (Save File As) Moves to the top of the current window. Available only in HTML View of the HTML Designer.
Format.Bold CTRL + B Toggles the selected text between bold and normal. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.Bookmark CTRL + SHIFT + L Displays the Bookmark dialog box. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.ConvertToHyperlink CTRL + L When text is selected, displays the Hyperlink dialog box. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.DecreaseIndent CTRL + SHIFT + T Decreases the selected paragraph by one indent unit. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.IncreaseIndent CTRL + T Indents the selected paragraph by one indent unit. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.Italic CTRL + I Toggles the selected text between italic and normal. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.LockElement CTRL + SHIFT + K Prevents an absolutely positioned element from being inadvertently moved. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.ShowGrid CTRL + G Toggles show grid. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.SnapToGrid CTRL + SHIFT + G Specifies that elements are aligned using an invisible grid. You can set grid spacing on the Design pane of HTML Designer options in the Options dialog box, and the grid will be changed the next time you open a document. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.Underline CTRL + U Toggles the selected text between underlined and normal. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Table.InsertColumnstotheLeft CTRL + ALT + LEFT ARROW Adds one column to the left of the current column in the table. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Table.InsertColumnstotheRight CTRL + ALT + RIGHT ARROW Adds one column to the right of the current column in the table. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Table.InsertRowAbove CTRL + ALT + UP ARROW Adds one row above the current row in the table. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Table.InsertRowBelow CTRL + ALT + DOWN ARROW Adds one row below the current row in the table. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
View.Details CTRL + SHIFT + Q Displays signal icons for HTML elements that do not have a visual representation, such as comments, scripts, and anchors for absolutely positioned elements. Available only in Design View of the HTML Designer.
View.NextView CTRL + PAGE DOWN Switches from Design view to HTML view and vice versa. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
View.VisibleBorders CTRL + Q Displays a 1-pixel border around HTML elements that support a BORDER attribute and has it set to zero, such as tables, table cells, and divisions. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.

XML Designer shortcut keys

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Schema.Collapse CTRL + (-) Collapses nested elements. Available only in Schema View of the XML Designer.
Schema.Expand CTRL + (=) Expands nested elements. Available only in Schema View of the XML Designer.

Control manipulation shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used to move, select, and change the size of controls on design surfaces.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Edit.MoveControlDown CTRL + DOWN ARROW Moves the selected control down in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlDownGrid DOWN ARROW Moves the selected control down in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlLeft CTRL + LEFT ARROW Moves the control to the left in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlLeftGrid LEFT ARROW Moves the control to the left in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlRight CTRL + RIGHT ARROW Moves the control to the right in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlRightGrid RIGHT ARROW Moves the control to the right in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlUp CTRL + UP ARROW Moves the control up in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlUpGrid UP ARROW Moves the control up in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.SelectNextControl TAB Moves to the next control on the page.
Edit.SelectPreviousControl SHIFT + TAB Moves back to the previously selected control on the page.
Edit.SizeControlDown CTRL + SHIFT + DOWN ARROW Increases the height of the control in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlDownGrid SHIFT + DOWN ARROW Increases the height of the control in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlLeft CTRL + SHIFT + LEFT ARROW Reduces the width of the control in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlLeftGrid SHIFT + LEFT ARROW Reduces the width of the control in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlRight CTRL + SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW Increases the width of the control in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlRightGrid SHIFT + LEFT ARROW Increases the width of the control in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlUp CTRL + SHIFT + UP ARROW Decreases the height of the control in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlUpGrid SHIFT + UP ARROW Decreases the height of the control in increments of 8 on the design surface.

Debugging shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used while debugging code.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Debug.ApplyCodeChanges ALT + F10 Starts an Edit and Continue build to apply changes to code being debugged.
Debug.Autos CTRL + ALT + V, A Displays the Auto window to view the values of variables currently in the scope of the current line of execution within the current procedure.
Debug.BreakAll CTRL + ALT+ Break Temporarily stops execution of all processes in a debugging session. Available only in Run mode.
Debug.Breakpoints CTRL + ALT + B Displays the Breakpoints dialog box, where you can add and modify breakpoints.
Debug.CallStack CTRL + ALT + C Displays the Call Stack window to display a list of all active procedures or stack frames for the current thread of execution. Available only in Run mode.
Debug.ClearAllBreakpoints CTRL + SHIFT + F9 Clears all of the breakpoints in the project.
Debug.Disassembly CTRL + ALT + D Displays the Disassembly window.
Debug.EnableBreakpoint CTRL + F9 Sets a breakpoint at the current line of code.
Debug.Exceptions CTRL + ALT + E Displays the Exceptions dialog box.
Debug.Immediate CTRL + ALT + I Displays the Immediate window, where you can evaluate expressions and execute individual commands.
Debug.Locals CTRL + ALT + V, L Displays the Locals window to view the variables and their values for each procedure in the current stack frame.
Debug.Memory1 CTRL + ALT + M, 1 Displays the Memory 1 window to view large buffers, strings, and other data that do not display clearly in the Watch or Variables window.
Debug.Memory2 CTRL + ALT + M, 2 Displays the Memory 2 window to view large buffers, strings, and other data that do not display clearly in the Watch or Variables window.
Debug.Memory3 CTRL + ALT + M, 3 Displays the Memory 3 window to view large buffers, strings, and other data that do not display clearly in the Watch or Variables window.
Debug.Memory4 CTRL + ALT + M, 4 Displays the Memory 4 window to view large buffers, strings, and other data that do not display clearly in the Watch or Variables window.
Debug.Modules CTRL + ALT + U Displays the Modules window, which allows you to view the .dll or .exe files used by the program. In multiprocess debugging, you can right-click and select Show Modules for all Programs.
Debug.NewBreakpoint CTRL + B Inserts or clears a breakpoint in the current line of code.
Debug.QuickWatch CTRL + ALT + Q Displays the Quick Watch dialog box with the current value of the selected expression. Available only in Break mode. Use this command to check the current value of a variable, property, or other expression for which you have not defined a watch expression.
Debug.Registers CTRL + ALT + G Displays the Registers window, which displays registers content for debugging Native code applications.
Debug.Restart CTRL + SHIFT + F5 Terminates a debugging session, rebuilds, and then starts running the application from the beginning. Available in Break and Run modes.
Debug.RunningDocuments CTRL + ALT + N Displays the Running Documents window that displays the set of documents that you are in the process of debugging. Available in Run mode.
Debug.RunToCursor CTRL + F10 In Break mode, resumes execution of your code from the current statement to the selected statement. The Current Line of Execution margin indicator appears in the Margin Indicator bar.
In Design mode, starts the debugger and executes your code to the cursor location.
Debug.SetNextStatement CTRL + SHIFT + F10 Sets the execution point to the line of code you choose.
Debug.ShowNextStatement ALT + NUM * Highlights the next statement to be executed.
Debug.Start F5 Automatically attaches the debugger and runs the application from the startup project specified in the <Project> Properties dialog box. Changes to Continue if in Break mode.
Debug.StartWithoutDebugging CTRL + F5 Runs the code without invoking the debugger.
Debug.StepInto F11 Executes code one statement at a time, following execution into function calls.
Debug.StepOut SHIFT + F11 Executes the remaining lines of a function in which the current execution point lies.
Debug.StepOver F10 Executes the next line of code, but does not follow execution through any function calls.
Debug.StopDebugging SHIFT + F5 Stops running the current application in the program. Available in Break and Run modes.
Debug.This CTRL + ALT + V, T Displays the This window, which allows you to view the data members of the object associated with the current method.
Debug.Threads CTRL + ALT + H Displays the Threads window to view all of the threads for the current process and information about them.
Debug.ToggleBreakpoint F9 Sets or removes a breakpoint at the current line.
Debug.ToggleDisassembly CTRL + F11 Displays the disassembly information for the current source file. Available only in Break mode.
Debug.Watch1 CTRL + ALT + W, 1 Displays the Watch1 window to view the values of selected variables or watch expressions.
Debug.Watch2 CTRL + ALT + W, 2 Displays the Watch2 window to view the values of selected variables or watch expressions.
Debug.Watch3 CTRL + ALT + W, 3 Displays the Watch3 window to view the values of selected variables or watch expressions.
Debug.Watch4 CTRL + ALT + W, 4 Displays the Watch4 window to view the values of selected variables or watch expressions.
Tools.DebugProcesses CTRL + ALT + P Displays the Processes dialog box, which allows you to debug multiple programs at the same time in a single solution.

Search and replace shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used with the Find, Replace, Find in Files, and Replace in Files dialog boxes.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Edit.Find CTRL + F Displays the Find dialog box.
Edit.FindInFiles CTRL + SHIFT + F Displays the Find in Files dialog box.
Edit.FindNext F3 Finds the next occurrence of the previous search text.
Edit.FindNextSelected CTRL + F3 Finds the next occurrence of the currently selected text in the document.
Edit.FindPrevious SHIFT + F3 Finds the previous occurrence of the search text.
Edit.FindPreviousSelected CTRL + SHIFT + F3 Finds the previous occurrence of the currently selected text, or the word at the caret.
Edit.GoToFindCombo CTRL + D Places the caret in the Find/Command line on the Standard toolbar.
Edit.HiddenText ALT + F3, H Selects or clears the Search Hidden Text option for Find dialog box.
Edit.IncrementalSearch CTRL + I Starts Incremental search. If Incremental search is started, but you have not typed any characters, recalls the previous pattern. If text has been found, searches for the next occurrence.
Edit.MatchCase ALT + F3, C. Selects or clears the Match Case option for Find and Replace operations.
Edit.RegularExpression ALT + F3, R Selects or clears the Regular expression option so that special characters can be used in Find and Replace operations.
Edit.Replace CTRL + H Displays the Replace dialog box.
Edit.ReplaceInFiles CTRL + SHIFT + H Displays the Replace in Files dialog box.
Edit.ReverseIncrementalSearch CTRL + SHIFT + I Changes the direction of Incremental search to begin at the bottom of the file and progress towards the top.
Edit.StopSearch ALT + F3, S Halts the current Find in Files operation.
Edit.Up ALT + F3, B Selects or clears the Search Up option for Find and Replace operations.
Edit.WholeWord ALT + F3, W Selects or clears the Match whole word option for Find and Replace operations.
Edit.Wildcard ALT + F3, P Selects or clears the Wildcard option for Find and Replace operations.

Visual Database Tools shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used in the Database Designer or Query Designer.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Database.Run CTRL + E Runs the currently active database object.
Database.RunSelection CTRL + Q Runs the current selection in the SQL editor.
Database.StepInto ALT + F5 Steps into debug mode for the currently active database object.
Query.Run CTRL + R Executes the query. Available only in the Query Designer.
View.Diagram CTRL + 1 Displays the Diagram pane of the Query designer. Available only in the Query designer.
View.Grid CTRL + 2 Displays the Grid pane of the Query designer. Available only in the Query designer.
View.Results CTRL + 4 Displays the Results pane of the Query designer. Available only in the Query designer.
View.SQL CTRL + 3 Displays the SQL pane of the Query designer. Available only in the Query designer.

Text navigation shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used in text editors to move within an open document.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Edit.CharLeft LEFT ARROW Moves the cursor one character to the left. Available only in the .NET Framework Designer.
Edit.CharRight RIGHT ARROW Moves the cursor one character to the right. Available only in the .NET Framework Designer
Edit.DocumentEnd CTRL + END Moves the insertion point to the last line of the document.
Edit.DocumentStart CTRL + HOME Moves the insertion point to the first line of the document.
Edit.GoTo CTRL + G Displays the Go To Line dialog box.
Edit.GoToBrace CTRL + ] Moves the insertion point to the next brace in the document.
Edit.LineDown DOWN ARROW Moves the cursor down one line.
Edit.LineEnd END Moves the cursor to the end of the current line.
Edit.LineStart HOME Moves the cursor to the beginning of the line.
Edit.LineUp UP ARROW Moves the cursor up one line.
Edit.NextBookmark CTRL + K, CTRL + N Moves to the next bookmark in the document.
Edit.PageDown PAGE DOWN Scrolls down one screen in the Editor window.
Edit.PageUp PAGE UP Scrolls up one screen in the Editor window.
Edit.PreviousBookmark CTRL + K, CTRL + P Moves to the previous bookmark.
Edit.QuickInfo CTRL + K, CTRL + I Displays Quick Info, based on the current language.
Edit.ScrollLineDown CTRL + DOWN ARROW Scrolls text down one line. Available in Text editors only.
Edit.ScrollLineUp CTRL + UP ARROW Scrolls text up one line. Available in Text editors only.
Edit.WordNext CTRL + RIGHT ARROW Moves the insertion point to the right one word.
Edit.WordPrevious CTRL + LEFT ARROW Moves the insertion point to the left one word.
View.BrowseNext CTRL + SHIFT + 1 Navigates to the next definition, declaration, or reference of an item. Available in the Object Browser and Class View window.
View.BrowsePrevious CTRL + SHIFT + 2 Navigates to the previous definition, declaration, or reference of an item. Available in the Object Browser and Class View window.

Text selection shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used in text editors to select text within an open document.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Edit.CharLeftExtend SHIFT + LEFT ARROW Moves the cursor to the left one character, extending the selection. Available only in the .NET Framework Designer.
Edit.CharLeftExtendColumn SHIFT + ALT + LEFT ARROW Moves the cursor to the left one character, extending the column selection.
Edit.CharRightExtend SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW Moves the cursor to the right one character, extending the selection. Available only in the .NET Framework Designer.
Edit.CharRightExtendColumn SHIFT + ALT + RIGHT ARROW Moves the cursor to the right one character, extending the column selection.
Edit.DocumentEndExtend CTRL + SHIFT + END Selects the text from the insertion point to the last line of the document.
Edit.DocumentStartExtend CTRL + SHIFT + HOME Selects the text from the insertion point to the first line of the document.
Edit.GoToBraceExtend CTRL + SHIFT + ] Moves the insertion point to the next brace, extending the selection.
Edit.LineDownExtend SHIFT + DOWN ARROW Extends text selection down one line, starting at the location of the insertion point.
Edit.LineDownExtendColumn SHIFT + ALT + DOWN ARROW Moves the cursor down one line, extending the column selection.
Edit.LineEndExtend SHIFT + END Selects text from the insertion point to the end of the current line.
Edit.LineEndExtendColumn SHIFT + ALT + END Moves the insertion point to the end of the line, extending the column selection.
Edit.LineStartExtend SHIFT + HOME Selects text from the insertion point to the start of the line.
Edit.LineStartExtendColumn SHIFT + ALT + HOME Moves the insertion point to the start of the line, extending the column selection.
Edit.LineUpExtend SHIFT + UP ARROW Selects text up line by line starting from the location of the insertion point.
Edit.LineUpExtendColumn SHIFT + ALT + UP ARROW Moves the cursor up one line, extending the column selection.
Edit.PageDownExtend SHIFT + PAGE DOWN Extends selection down one page.
Edit.PageUpExtend SHIFT + PAGE UP Extends selection up one page.
Edit.SelectAll CTRL + A Selects everything in the current document.
Edit.SelectCurrentWord CTRL + W Selects the word containing the insertion point or the word to the right of the insertion point.
Edit.SelectToLastGoBack CTRL + = Select from the current location in the Editor back to the previous location in the Editor.
Edit.ViewBottomExtend CTRL + SHIFT + PAGE DOWN Moves the cursor to the last line in view, extending the selection.
Edit.ViewTopExtend CTRL + SHIFT + PAGE UP Extends the selection to the top of the current window.
Edit.WordNextExtend CTRL + SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW Extends the selection one word to the right.
Edit.WordNextExtendColumn CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + RIGHT ARROW Moves the cursor to the right one word, extending the column selection.
Edit.WordPreviousExtend CTRL + SHIFT + LEFT ARROW Extends the selection one word to the left.
Edit.WordPreviousExtendColumn CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + LEFT ARROW Moves the cursor to the left one word, extending the column selection.

Text manipulation shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used in text editors to delete, move, or format text within an open document.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Edit.BreakLine ENTER
SHIFT + ENTER
Inserts a new line.
Edit.CharTranspose CTRL + T Swaps the characters on either side of the insertion point. For example, AC|BD becomes AB|CD. Available only in text editors.
Edit.ClearBookmarks CTRL + K, CTRL + L Removes all unnamed bookmarks in the current document.
Edit.ColllapseToDefinitions CTRL + M, CTRL + O Automatically determines logical boundaries for creating regions in code, such as procedures, and then hides them.
Edit.CommentSelection CTRL + K, CTRL + C Marks the current line of code as a comment, using the correct comment syntax for the programming language.
Edit.CompleteWord ALT + RIGHT ARROW
CTRL + SPACEBAR
Displays Word Completion based on the current language.
Edit.Delete DELETE Deletes one character to the right of the cursor.
Edit.DeleteBackwords BACKSPACE
SHIFT + BACKSPACE
Deletes one character to the left of the cursor.
Edit.DeleteHorizontalWhitespace CTRL + K, CTRL + \ Collapses white space in the selection, or deletes white space adjacent to the cursor if there is no selection.
Edit.FormatDocument CTRL + K, CTRL + D Applies the indenting and space formatting for the language as specified on the Formatting pane of the language in the Text Editor section of the Options dialog box.
Edit.FormatSelection CTRL + K, CTRL + F Correctly indents the selected lines of code based on the surrounding lines of code.
Edit.HideSelection CTRL + M, CTRL + H Hides the selected text. A signal icon marks the location of the hidden text in the file.
Edit.InsertTab TAB Indents the line of text a specified number of spaces, such as five.
Edit.LineCut CTRL + L Cuts all selected lines, or the current line if nothing has been selected, to the Clipboard.
Edit.LineDelete CTRL + SHIFT + L Deletes all selected lines, or the current line if no selection has been made.
Edit.LineOpenAbove CTRL + ENTER Inserts a blank line above the insertion point.
Edit.LineOpenBelow CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER Inserts a blank line below the insertion point.
Edit.LineTranspose SHIFT + ALT + T Moves the line containing the insertion point below the next line.
Edit.MakeLowercase CTRL + U Changes the selected text to lowercase characters.
Edit.MakeUppercase CTRL + SHIFT + U Changes the selected text to uppercase characters.
Edit.OverTypeMode INSERT Toggles between insert and overtype insertion modes. Available only when working in text editors.
Edit.StopHidingCurrent CTRL + M, CTRL + U Removes the outlining information for the currently selected region.
Edit.StopOutlining CTRL + M, CTRL + P Removes all outlining information from the entire document.
Edit.SwapAnchor CTRL + R, CTRL + P Swaps the anchor and end points of the current selection.
Edit.TabLeft SHIFT + TAB Moves selected lines to the left one tab stop.
Edit.ToggleAllOutlining CTRL + M, CTRL + L Toggles all previously marked hidden text sections between hidden and display states.
Edit.ToggleBookmark CTRL + K, CTRL + K Sets or removes a bookmark at the current line.
Edit.ToggleOutliningExpansion CTRL + M, CTRL + M Toggles the currently selected hidden text section between the hidden and display state.
Edit.ToggleTaskListShortcut CTRL + K, CTRL + H Sets or removes a shortcut at the current line.
Edit.ToggleWordWrap CTRL +R, CTRL + R Enables or disables word wrap in an editor.
Edit.UncommentSelection CTRL + K, CTRL + U Removes the comment syntax from the current line of code.
Edit.ViewWhiteSpace CTRL + R, CTRL + W Shows or hides spaces and tab marks.
Edit.WordDeleteToEnd CTRL + DELETE Deletes the word to the right of the insertion point.
Edit.WordDeleteToStart CTRL + BACKSPACE Deletes the word to the left of the insertion point.
Edit.WordTranspose CTRL + SHIFT + T Transposes the words on either side of the insertion point. For example, |End Sub would be changed to read Sub End|.

Window management shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used to move, close, or navigate within tool and document windows.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
View.FullScreen SHIFT + ALT + ENTER Toggles Full Screen mode on and off.
View.NavigateBackward CTRL + - Goes back to the previous document or window in the navigation history.
View.NavigateForward CTRL + SHIFT + - Moves forward to the document or window next in the navigation history.
Window.ActivateDocumentWindow ESC Closes a menu or dialog box, cancels an operation in progress, or places focus in the current document window.
Window.CloseDocumentWindow CTRL + F4 Closes the current MDI child window.
Window.CloseToolWindow SHIFT + ESC Closes the current tool window.
Window.MoveToDropDownBar CTRL + F2 Moves the cursor to the drop-down bar while the editor is in Code view.
Window.NextDocumentWindow CTRL + F6
CTRL + TAB
Cycles through the MDI child windows one window at a time.
Window.NextPane ALT + F6 Moves to the next tool window.
Window.NextSplitPane F6 Moves to the next pane of a split pane view of a single document.
Window.NextTab CTRL + PAGE DOWN Moves to the next tab in the document or window.
Window.PreviousDocumentWindow CTRL + SHIFT + F6
CTRL + SHIFT + TAB
Moves to the previous document in the Editor or Designer.
Window.PreviousPane SHIFT + ALT + F6 Moves to the previously selected window.
Window.PreviousSplitPane SHIFT + F6 Moves to the previous pane of a document in split pane view.
Window.PreviousTab CTRL + PAGE UP Moves to the previous tab in the document or window.

Integrated Help shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used to view and move among topics in Help.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Help.Contents CTRL + ALT + F1 Displays the Contents window for the documentation contained in MSDN.
Help.DynamicHelp CTRL + F1 Displays the Dynamic Help window, which displays different topics depending on what items currently have focus in the product.
Help.F1Help F1 Displays a topic from Help that corresponds to the current user interface selected.
Help.Index CTRL + ALT + F2 Displays the Index window for the documentation contained in MSDN.
Help.Indexresults SHIFT + ALT + F2 Displays the Index Results window, which lists the topics that contain the keyword selected in the Index window.
Help.NextTopic ALT + DOWN ARROW Displays the next topic in the table of contents. Available only in the Help (Web) browser window.
Help.PreviousTopic ALT + UP ARROW Displays the previous topic in the table of contents. Available only in the Help (Web) browser window.
Help.Search CTRL + ALT + F3 Displays the Search window, which allows you to search for words or phrases in the documentation contained in MSDN.
Help.Searchresults SHIFT + ALT + F3 Displays the Search Results window, which displays a list of topics that contain the string searched for from the Search window.
Help.WindowHelp SHIFT + F1 Displays a topic from help that corresponds to the current user interface selected.

Object Browser shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used while in the Object Browser window.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Edit.FindSymbol ALT + F12 Displays the Find Symbol dialog box.
Edit.GoToDeclaration CTRL + F12 Displays the definition of the selected symbol in the code.
Edit.GoToDefinition F12 Displays the declaration for the selected symbol in code.
View.FindSymbolResults CTRL + ALT + F12 Displays the Find Symbol Results window.
View.ObjectBrowser CTRL + ALT + J Displays the Object Browser to view the classes, properties, methods, events, and constants available for packages, and the object libraries and procedures in your project.
View.ObjectBrowserBack ALT + - Moves back to the previously selected object in the selection history of the Object Browser.
View.ObjectBrowserForward SHIFT + ALT + - Moves forward to the next object in the selection history of the Object Browser.

Macro shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used when working with macros.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
View.MacroExplorer ALT + F8 Displays the Macro Explorer window, which lists all available macros in the current solution.
Tools.MacrosIDE ALT + F11 Launches the Macros IDE, Visual Studio Macros.
Tools.RecordTemporaryMacro CTRL + SHIFT + R Places the environment in Macro record mode.
Tools.RunTemporaryMacro CTRL + SHIFT + P Plays back a recorded macro.

Tool window shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations allow you to display specific tool windows.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Tools.CommandWindowMarkMode CTRL + SHIFT + M Places the Command window in a mode allowing for the selection of text within the window.
View.ClassView CTRL + SHIFT + C Displays the Class View window.
View.CommandWindow CTRL + ALT + A Displays the Command window, which allows you to type commands that manipulate the IDE.
View.DocumentOutline CTRL + ALT + T Displays the Document Outline window to view the flat or hierarchical outline of the current document.
View.Favorites CTRL + ALT + F Displays the Favorites window, which lists shortcuts to Web pages.
View.Output CTRL + ALT + O Displays the Output window to view status messages at run time.
View.PropertiesWindow F4 Displays the Properties window, which lists the design-time properties and events for the currently selected item.
View.PropertyPages SHIFT + F4 Displays the property pages for the item currently selected.
View.ResourceView CTRL + SHIFT + E Displays the Resource View window.
View.ServerExplorer CTRL + ALT + S Displays the Server Explorer window, which allows you to view and manipulate database servers, event logs, message queues, Web services, and many other operating system services.
View.ShowWebBrowser CTRL + ALT + R Displays the Web browser window, which allows you to view pages on the Internet.
View.SolutionExplorer CTRL + ALT + L Displays Solution Explorer, which lists the projects and files in the current solution.
View.TaskList CTRL + ALT + K Displays the Task List window where you customize, categorize, and manage tasks, comments, shortcuts, warnings and error messages.
View.Toolbox CTRL + ALT + X Displays the Toolbox, which contains controls and other items that can be included or used with your code.

Project shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used to add new items to a project, build a project, or open files or projects.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Build.BuildSolution CTRL + SHIFT + B Builds the solution.
Build.Compile CTRL + F7 Creates an object file containing machine code, linker directives, sections, external references, and function/data names for the selected file.
File.AddExistingItem SHIFT + ALT + A Displays the Add Existing Item dialog box, which allows you to add an existing file to the current project.
File.AddNewItem CTRL + SHIFT + A Displays the Add New Item dialog box, which allows you to add a new file to the current project.
File.NewFile CTRL + N Displays the New File dialog box where you can select a new file to add to the current project.
File.NewProject CTRL + SHIFT + N Displays the New Project dialog box where you can create projects and add them to the current solution.
File.OpenFile CTRL + O Displays the Open File dialog box where you can select an existing file to open.
File.OpenProject CTRL + SHIFT + O Displays the Open Project dialog box where you can add existing projects to your solution.
Project.Override CTRL + ALT + INSERT Allows you to override base class methods in a derived class. Available for C#.

Miscellaneous editor shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used in either the Accelerator editor or String editor.

Command Name Shortcut Keys Description
Edit.NewAccelerator INSERT Adds a new entry for an accelerator key. Available only in the Accelerator editor.
Edit.NewString INSERT Adds a new entry in the string table. Available only in the String editor.

See Also

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

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