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Keyboard shortcuts

Expression Studio 4.0

Project shortcuts

To do this Do this

Create a new project

CTRL+SHIFT+N

Open a project or solution (not a site)

CTRL+SHIFT+O

Close a solution

CTRL+SHIFT+C

Save a copy of the solution or site

CTRL+SHIFT+P

Add an existing item to the project

CTRL+I

Add a reference to a DLL (WPF)

ALT+SHIFT+R

Build the project

CTRL+SHIFT+B

Test the project or site

F5

Document shortcuts

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

Create a design-time annotation

CTRL+SHIFT+T

Cut

CTRL+X

Copy

CTRL+C

Paste

CTRL+V

Delete

DELETE

Find text (XAML view or JavaScript editor only)

CTRL+F

Find the next occurrence of text (XAML view or JavaScript editor only)

F3 or CTRL+H

Object shortcuts

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 the text in a control

F2 (ESC to exit)

Edit a control (WPF)

CTRL+E

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

Select multiple objects

Hold down CTRL

Select multiple adjacent objects

Hold down SHIFT

Fit the selection to the screen size

CTRL+9

Pin active container

CTRL+SHIFT+D

Nudge selected objects

Arrow keys

Auto size width

CTRL+SHIFT+5

Auto size height

CTRL+SHIFT+6

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

CTRL+SHIFT+[

Send backward

CTRL+[

Make a user control from the selected objects (WPF)

F8

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

Make a clipping path

CTRL+7

Release a clipping path

CTRL+SHIFT+7

Make a compound path

CTRL+8

Release a compound path

CTRL+SHIFT+8

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

View shortcuts

To do this Do this

Switch between Design, XAML, and Split views

F11

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

Fit the selection to the screen size

CTRL+0

View the artboard at actual size

CTRL+1

Show or hide handles

F9

Show or hide object boundaries

CTRL+SHIFT+H

Switch between Design, XAML, and Split views

F11

Workspace shortcuts

To do this Do this

Switch between Animation and Design workspaces

F6

Show or hide the Assets panel

CTRL+PERIOD

Show or hide the Results panel

F12

Show or hide all panels

F4 or TAB

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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