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Keyboard shortcuts for XAML Designer

Visual Studio 2015
 

Keyboard shortcuts in XAML Designer can speed up your work by reducing an action that would require multiple mouse-button clicks to a single keyboard shortcut.

This table lists the shortcuts that are available for working with elements on the artboard.

To perform this action

Do this

Create an element

Press Ctrl+N

Duplicate an element

Hold down Alt and press an arrow key.

Edit the text in a control

Press F2 (press Esc to exit)

Select a single element

Press Tab to select elements in the order they appear in the document. (You can also select elements using the arrow keys.)

Select multiple elements

Press and hold Shift while selecting each element

Select multiple non-adjacent elements

Press and hold Ctrl while selecting the first and last elements

Move selected elements

Press the arrow keys (You can hold down Shift to increase the distance to move per key press.)

Rotate an element in 15-degree increments

Hold down Shift while rotating the element

Select all elements

Press Ctrl+A

Clear selection of all elements

Press Ctrl+Shift+A

Show or hide element handles

Press F9

Select a property for an element

With an element selected and the focus on the Properties window, press Tab. (Use Ctrl+Tab to change focus to the Properties window.) You can use the arrow keys to select property values from drop-down lists.

The following table lists the shortcuts available when working with elements in the Document Outline window.

To perform this action

Do this

Hide artboard objects while focus is on the Document Outline window

CTRL + H

Unhide artboard objects while focus is on the Document Outline window

SHIFT + CTRL + H

Lock artboard objects while focus is on the Document Outline window

CTRL + L

Unlock artboard objects while focus is on the Document Outline window

SHIFT + CTRL + L

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