Tips and Tricks for Visual Studio

You can navigate in Visual Studio 2013 more easily by using the shortcuts in this topic. For more general information, see <PAVEOVER> Keyboard Shortcuts in Visual Studio. For information about how to optimize Visual Studio for accessibility, see Accessibility Tips and Tricks.

Drag Off Floating Tab Wells

Ctrl+click for multi-select

Maximize Floating Window

Double-click on title bar

Re-dock Floating Window

Ctrl+double-click title bar

Close Active Document

Ctrl+F4

Show Open File List

Ctrl+Alt+Down

Show All Floating Windows

Ctrl+Shift+M

Move/Dock Floating Windows

Win+Left / Win+Right

Maximize/Minimize Windows

Win+Up / Win+Down

Show Jump List

Win+Alt+n

Start New Instance

Win+Shift+n

Switch Between Windows

Win+n

Solution Explorer Search

Ctrl+;

Place Focus in Search box in any tool window

Alt+` when the tool window has focus

Quick Launch

Ctrl+Q

Quick Launch Scope Results

  • @opt Options

  • @cmd Commands

  • @mru Most recently used

  • @doc Open documents

Search in Tools Options

Ctrl+E

Quick Find

Ctrl+F

Quick Find Next Result

Enter

Quick Find Previous Result

Shift+Enter

Quick Find Expand Drop Down

Alt+Down

Dismiss Find

Esc

Quick Replace

Ctrl+H

Quick Replace Replace Next

Alt+R

Quick Replace Replace All

Alt+A

Find in Files

Ctrl+Shift+F

Replace in Files

Ctrl+Shift+H

IntelliSense Suggestion Mode

Ctrl+Alt+Space (Toggle)

Force Show IntelliSense

Ctrl+J

Smart Tags

Ctrl+.

Snippet Picker

Ctrl+K,X or ?,Tab (VB)

Surround With

Ctrl+K,S

Show Quick Info

Ctrl+K,I

Navigate To

Ctrl+,

Go To Definition

F12

Peek Definition

Alt+F12

Go To Definition Stack

Ctrl+Shift+8 (Back), Ctrl+Shift+7 (Forward)

Navigate Highlighted References

Ctrl+Shift+Up (Previous), Ctrl+Shift+Down (Next)

Editor Zoom

Ctrl+Shift+> (In), Ctrl+Shift+< (Out)

Block Selection

Hold Alt and drag mouse, Shift+Alt+Arrow Keys

Move Line Up/Down

Alt+Up / Alt+Down

Peek Definition

Alt+F12

Close the Peek Definition window

Esc

Promote the Peek Definition window to a regular document tab

Ctrl+Alt+Home

Navigate between multiple Peek Definition windows

Ctrl+Alt+- and Ctrl+Alt+=

Navigate between multiple Peek results

F8 and Shift+F8

Toggle between the code editor window and the Peek Definition window

Shift+Esc

Add Buttons

Click toolbar overflow button

Find Combo in Standard toolbar

Ctrl+D

Find Textbox Command Mode

Type “>”

Create new alias

>alias NewAlias Command

Start Debugging

F5

Stop Debugging

Shift+F5

Restart Debugging

Ctrl+Shift+F5

Step Over

F10

Step Into

F11

Step Out

Shift+F11

Run To Cursor

Ctrl+F10

Set Next Statement

Ctrl+Shift+F10

Set and Toggle Breakpoint

F9

Disable Breakpoint

Ctrl+F9

Immediate Window

Ctrl+Alt+I

Immediate Window Command Mode

Type “>”

Immediate Window Clear Buffer

>cls

Immediate Window Print Value

?varname

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