Shortcut Keys (Help Viewer)

Visual Studio 2015
 

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

For the latest documentation on Visual Studio 2017, see Shortcut Keys (Help Viewer) on docs.microsoft.com. You can navigate in the Microsoft Help Viewer by using the shortcut keys in the following table:

AreaKeystrokeAction
General ApplicationSpaceUse instead of Enter anywhere except in edit fields.
General ApplicationF1Open Help about current UI element.
General ApplicationF11Toggle between full-screen view and regular view.
ToolbarBackspace

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Alt + Left Arrow
Display the previous page.
ToolbarAlt + Right ArrowDisplay the next page.
ToolbarAlt + HomeDisplay the Help Reviewer Home page.
ToolbarCtrl + SHighlight the current topic in the table of contents (on the Contents tab).
ToolbarCtrl + DAdd the current topic to the Favorites tab.
ToolbarCtrl + FDisplay the Find bar in the topic area so that you can search for text within the current topic.
ToolbarCtrl + PPrint the current page.
ToolbarCtrl + F2Display a print preview of the current page.
ToolbarCtrl + ODisplay the Viewer Options dialog box.
ToolbarCtrl + Shift + MDisplay the Manage Contents tab.
NavigatorsAlt + C

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Ctrl + Shift + C
Display the Contents tab.
NavigatorsAlt + I

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Ctrl + Shift + I
Display the Index tab.
NavigatorsAlt + F

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Ctrl + Shift + F
Display the Favorites tab.
NavigatorsAlt + S

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Ctrl + E

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Ctrl + Shift + S
Display the Search tab.
NavigatorsAlt + M

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Ctrl + Shift + M
Display the Manage Content tab.
TopicShortcut Menu key

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Shift + F10
Display the shortcut menu for the current UI element.
TopicUp ArrowScroll toward the start of the document one line at a time.
TopicDown ArrowScroll toward the end of the document one line at a time.
TopicPage UpScroll toward the start of the document one screen at a time.
TopicPage DownScroll toward the end of the document one screen at a time.
TopicHomeMove to the start of the document.
TopicEndMove to the end of the document.
TopicCtrl + FFind search text on this page.
TopicF5Refresh the current page.
TopicCtrl + PPrint the current page.
TopicCtrl + F2Display a print preview of the current page.
TopicF4Display the Properties dialog box for the current page.
TopicCtrl + TOpen another content tab in the foreground.
TopicCtrl + ClickOpen a link on a new tab in the foreground.
TopicCtrl + TabSwitch among tabs from left to right.
TopicCtrl + Shift + TabSwitch among tabs from right to left.
TopicCtrl + WClose the current tab.
TopicCtrl + NumberSwitch to a specific tab where Number is between 1 and 9 and indicates which tab in sequence.
TopicCtrl +Alt + F4Close other content tabs.
TopicCtrl + Shift + Plus SignIncrease zoom by 10%.
TopicCtrl + Minus SignDecrease zoom by 10%.
TopicCtrl + 0 (zero)Change zoom to 100%.
IndexTabShift focus from keyword entry to keyword list.
IndexCtrl + KSwitch between showing entries that contain the keyword that you specify and entries that start with the keyword that you specify.
FavoritesCtrl + Shift + DelClear your browsing history.
FavoritesDelDelete the specified item.
FavoritesCtrl + NCreate a folder within Favorites.
FavoritesF2Rename the specified favorite or folder.
Contents & Index & SearchCtrl + DAdd the specified topic to the Favorites tab.
Contents & Index & Search & FavoritesCtrl + PPrint the specified topic.
Contents & Index & Search & FavoritesCtrl + F2Display a print preview of the specified topic.
Contents & Index & Search & FavoritesCtrl + ClickOpen the topic in a new tab.
SearchEscClear the search text box.
Viewer OptionsAlt + TChange focus to the Text Size list.
Viewer OptionsAlt + SChange focus to the Maximum Search Results list.
Viewer OptionsAlt + HChange focus to the Maximum History entries saved list.
Viewer OptionsAlt + ESelect or clear the Include English content in all navigation tabs and F1 requests check box if it is enabled.
Viewer OptionsAlt + OSelect or clear the Go online to check for content updates check box.
FindEnterChange focus to the next item.
FindShift + EnterChange focus to the previous item.
FindEscHides the Find text box.
Status barAlt + EOpen the Error dialog box if the status bar shows that an error has occurred.
Status barAlt + UDownload content if the status bar shows that updates are available

Window Management

KeystrokeAction
Ctrl + LReset the Help Viewer layout to the default layout, and close all topic tabs.
Ctrl + TabThe first keystroke gives focus to the Tab Selection menu. The next keystroke gives focus to the top menu item, and subsequent keystrokes give focus to the menu items in sequence from top to bottom. When a menu item has focus, the Enter key makes that item the active tab.
Ctrl + Shift + TabThe first keystroke gives focus to the Tab Selection menu. The next keystroke gives focus to the bottom menu item, and subsequent keystrokes give focus to the menu items in sequence from bottom to top. When a menu item has focus, the Enter key makes that item the active tab.
Alt + I, Alt + S, Alt + C, Alt + F, Alt + MThese shortcut keys don't work when the navigation and content-management tabs are undocked.

Manage Content

KeystrokeAction
Alt + DChange the installation source to disk.
Alt + OChange the installation source to online.
TabChange focus to the Local store path text box.
TabChange focus to the Move… button.
Alt + VOpen the Move Content dialog box.
Ctrl + Alt + FChange focus to the Filter Documentation text box.
TabChange focus to the documentation list.
Up Arrow and Down ArrowScroll through the documentation list.
SpaceAdd an item to the Pending changes list.
TabChange focus to the Pending changes list.
Up Arrow and Down ArrowScroll through the Pending changes list.
SpaceRemove an item from the Pending changes list.
Alt + TApply all pending changes.
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