Text Manipulation Shortcut Keys, Visual C++ 2.0 Default Shortcut Option

Use the following shortcut key combinations in text editors to delete, move, and format text in an open document.

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Command name

Shortcut keys

Description

Edit.BreakLine

ENTER SHIFT + ENTER

Inserts a new line.

Edit.CompleteWord

CTRL + SPACE

Displays Word Completion based on the current language.

Edit.Delete

DELETE

Deletes one character to the right of the cursor.

Edit.DeleteBackwards

BACKSPACE SHIFT + BACKSPACE

Deletes one character to the left of the cursor.

Edit.FormatSelection

CTRL + SHIFT + F CTRL + ALT + I

Correctly indents the selected lines of code based on the surrounding lines of code.

Edit.InsertTab

TAB

Indents the line of text a specified number of spaces, such as five.

Edit.LineCut

CTRL + Y

Cuts all selected lines, or the current line if nothing has been selected, to the clipboard.

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.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.SwapAnchor

CTRL + SHIFT + X

Swaps the anchor and end points of the current selection.

Edit.TabLeft

SHIFT + TAB

Moves selected lines to the left one tab stop.

Edit.ToggleBookmark

CTRL + F2

Sets or removes a bookmark at the current line.

Edit.ViewWhiteSpace

CTRL + ALT + T

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.

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