Accessibility Tips and Tricks

 

For the latest documentation on Visual Studio 2017, see Visual Studio 2017 Documentation.

For the latest documentation on Visual Studio 2017, see Accessibility Tips and Tricks on docs.microsoft.com. 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.

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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 Customizing Development Settings in Visual Studio.

You can customize your IDE experience by saving your window layout, keyboard mapping scheme, and other preferences. For more information, see Customizing Development Settings in Visual Studio.

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

DescriptionKey Combination
Switch High Contrast on and offLeft ALT + Left SHIFT + PRINT SCREEN
Select or clear the check box option in a dialog boxSPACEBAR
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 boxALT + DOWN ARROW
Display items in an active drop-down list in a gridSHIFT + 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:

FeatureDescriptionKey Combination
Toolbox windowMove among Toolbox tabsCTRL + UPARROW

and

 CTRL + DOWNARROW
Toolbox windowAdd a control from the Toolbox to a form or designerENTER
Keyboard, Environment, Options dialog boxDelete a key combination entered in the Press shortcut keys optionBACKSPACE
All tool windowsSelect the first button on the toolbar of the windowSHIFT + ALT
IDE toolbarsSelect the first button on the Standard toolbarALT, CTRL + TAB Note: Press CTRL + TAB again to select the first button on the next IDE toolbar.

Accessibility Features of Visual Studio

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