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Keyboard shortcut keys for .Net Users

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General



Shortcut
Description
Ctrl-X or
Shift-Delete
Cuts the currently selected item to the clipboard
Ctrl-C or
Ctrl-Insert
Copies the currently selected item to the clipboard
Ctrl-V or
Shift-Insert
Pastes the item in the clipboard at the cursor
Ctrl-Z or
Alt-Backspace
Undo previous editing action
Ctrl-Y or
Ctrl-Shift-Z
Redo the previous undo action
Ctrl-Shift-V or
Ctrl-Shift-Insert
Pastes an item from the clipboard ring tab of the Toolbox at the cursor in the file and automatically selects the pasted item. Cycle through the items on the clipboard by pressing the shortcut keys repeatedly
Esc 
Closes a menu or dialog, cancels an operation in progress, or places focus in the current document window
Ctrl-S 
Saves the selected files in the current project (usually the file that is being edited)
Ctrl-Shift-S 
Saves all documents and projects
Ctrl-P
Displays the Print dialog
F7
Switches from the design view to the code view in the editor
Shift-F7
Switches from the code view to the design view in the editor
F8
Moves the cursor to the next item, for example in the TaskList window or Find Results window
Shift-F8
Moves the cursor to the previous item, for example in the TaskList window or Find Results window
Shift-F12 
Finds a reference to the selected item or the item under the cursor
Ctrl-Shift-G
Opens the file whose name is under the cursor or is currently selected
Ctrl-/
Switches focus to the Find/Command box on the Standard toolbar
Ctrl-Shift-F12
Moves to the next task in the TaskList window
Ctrl-Shift-8
Moves backward in the browse history. Available in the object browser or Class View window
Alt-Left Arrow
Go back in the web browser history
Alt-Right Arrow
Go forward in the web browser history

Text Navigation



Shortcut
Description
Left Arrow 
Moves the cursor one character to the left
Right Arrow 
Moves the cursor one character to the right
Down Arrow 
Moves the cursor down one line
Up Arrow 
Moves the cursor up one line
Page Down 
Scrolls down one screen in the editor window
Page Up 
Scrolls up one screen in the editor window
End 
Moves the cursor to the end of the current line
Home
Moves the cursor to the beginning of the line. If you press Home when the cursor is already at the start of the line, it will toggle the cursor between the first non-whitespace character and the real start of the line
Ctrl-End 
Moves the cursor to the end of the document
Ctrl-Home 
Moves the cursor to the start of the document
Ctrl-G
Displays the Go to Line dialog. If the debugger is running, the dialog also lets you specify addresses or function names to go to
Ctrl-] 
Moves the cursor to the matching brace in the document. If the cursor is on an opening brace, this will move to the corresponding closing brace and vice versa
Ctrl-K, Ctrl-N
Moves to the next bookmark in the document
Ctrl-K, Ctrl-P
Moves to the previous bookmark
Ctrl-K, Ctrl-I
Displays Quick Info, based on the current language
Ctrl-Down Arrow 
Scrolls text down one line but does not move the cursor. This is useful for scrolling more text into view without losing your place. Available only in text editors
Ctrl-Up Arrow 
Scrolls text up one line but does not move the cursor. Available only in text editors
Ctrl-Right Arrow 
Moves the cursor one word to the right
Ctrl-Left Arrow 
Moves the cursor one word to the left
Ctrl-Shift-1
Navigates to the next definition, declaration, or reference of an item. Available in the object browser and Class View window. Also available in source editing windows if you have already used the Edit.GoToReference (Shift-F12) shortcut
Ctrl-Shift-2
Navigates to the previous definition, declaration, or reference of an item

Text Manipulation



Shortcut
Description
Enter 
Inserts a new line
Delete
Deletes one character to the right of the cursor
Insert
Toggles between insert and overtype insertion modes
Tab
Indents the currently selected line or lines by one tab stop. If there is no selection, this inserts a tab stop
Shift-Tab 
Moves current line or selected lines one tab stop to the left
Backspace or
Shift-Backspace
Deletes one character to the left of the cursor
Ctrl-K, Ctrl-C
Marks the current line or selected lines of code as a comment, using the correct comment syntax for the programming language
Ctrl-K, Ctrl-U
Removes the comment syntax from the current line or currently selected lines of code
Ctrl-T or
Shift-Enter
Swaps the characters on either side of the cursor. (For example, AC|BD becomes AB|CD.) Available only in text editors
Ctrl-K, Ctrl-L
Removes all unnamed bookmarks in the current document
Ctrl-M, Ctrl-O
Automatically determines logical boundaries for creating regions in code, such as procedures, and then hides them. This collapses all such regions in the current document
Alt-Right Arrow or
Ctrl-Spacebar
Displays statement completion based on the current language or autocompletes word if existing text unambiguously identifies a single symbol
Ctrl-K, Ctrl-\ 
Removes horizontal whitespace in the selection or deletes whitespace adjacent to the cursor if there is no selection
Ctrl-K, Ctrl-F
Applies the indenting and space formatting for the language as specified on the Formatting pane of the language in the Text Editor section of the Options dialog to the selected text.
Ctrl-L
Cuts all selected lines or the current line if nothing has been selected to the clipboard
Ctrl-Shift-L
Deletes all selected lines or the current line if no selection has been made
Ctrl-Enter 
Inserts a blank line above the cursor
Ctrl-Shift-Enter 
Inserts a blank line below the cursor
Shift-Alt-T 
Moves the line containing the cursor below the next line
Ctrl-J
Lists members for statement completion when editing code
Ctrl-U
Changes the selected text to lowercase characters
Ctrl-Shift-U
Changes the selected text to uppercase characters
Ctrl-Shift-Spacebar 
Displays a tooltip that contains information for the current parameter, based on the current language
Ctrl-M, Ctrl-U
Removes the outlining information for the currently selected region
Ctrl-M, Ctrl-P
Removes all outlining information from the entire document
Ctrl-R, Ctrl-P
Swaps the anchor and endpoint of the current selection
Ctrl-M, Ctrl-L
Toggles all previously marked hidden text sections between hidden and display states
Ctrl-K, Ctrl-K
Sets or removes a bookmark at the current line
Ctrl-M, Ctrl-M
Toggles the currently selected hidden text section or the section containing the cursor if there is no selection between the hidden and display states
Ctrl-K, Ctrl-H
Sets or removes a shortcut in the tasklist to the current line
Ctrl-R, Ctrl-R
Enables or disables word wrap in an editor
Ctrl-R, Ctrl-W
Shows or hides spaces and tab marks
Ctrl-Delete 
Deletes the word to the right of the cursor
Ctrl-Backspace 
Deletes the word to the left of the cursor
Ctrl-Shift-T
Transposes the two words that follow the cursor. (For example, |End Sub would be changed to read Sub End|.)

Text Selection



Shortcut
Description
Shift-Left Arrow 
Moves the cursor to the left one character, extending the selection
Shift-Alt-Left Arrow 
Moves the cursor to the left one character, extending the column selection
Shift-Right Arrow 
Moves the cursor to the right one character, extending the selection
Shift-Alt-Right Arrow 
Moves the cursor to the right one character, extending the column selection
Ctrl-Shift-End 
Moves the cursor to the end of the document, extending the selection
Ctrl-Shift-Home 
Moves the cursor to the start of the document, extending the selection
Ctrl-Shift-] 
Moves the cursor to the next brace, extending the selection
Shift-Down Arrow 
Moves the cursor down one line, extending the selection
Shift-Alt-Down Arrow 
Moves the cursor down one line, extending the column selection
Shift-End 
Moves the cursor to the end of the current line, extending the selection
Shift-Alt-End 
Moves the cursor to the end of the line, extending the column selection
Shift-Home 
Moves the cursor to the start of the line, extending the selection
Shift-Alt-Home 
Moves the cursor to the start of the line, extending the column selection
Shift-Up Arrow 
Moves the cursor up one line, extending the selection
Shift-Alt-Up Arrow 
Moves the cursor up one line, extending the column selection
Shift-Page Down 
Extends selection down one page
Shift-Page Up 
Extends selection up one page
Ctrl-A
Selects everything in the current document
Ctrl-W
Selects the word containing the cursor or the word to the right of the cursor
Ctrl-= 
Selects from the current location in the editor back to the previous location in the navigation history
Ctrl-Shift-Page Down 
Moves the cursor to the last line in view, extending the selection
Ctrl-Shift-Page Up 
Moves the cursor to the top of the current window, extending the selection
Ctrl-Shift-Alt-Right Arrow 
Moves the cursor to the right one word, extending the column selection
Ctrl-Shift-Left Arrow 
Moves the cursor one word to the left, extending the selection
Ctrl-Shift-Alt-Left Arrow
Moves the cursor to the left one word, extending the column selection

Project Related



Shortcut
Description
Ctrl-Shift-B 
Builds the solution
Ctrl-N
Displays the New File dialog. Note: files created this way are not associated with a project. Use Ctrl-Shift-A to add a new file in a project
Ctrl-Shift-N
Displays the New Project dialog
Ctrl-O
Displays the Open File dialog
Ctrl-Shift-O
Displays the Open Project dialog
Shift-Alt-A
Displays the Add Existing Item dialog
Ctrl-Shift-A
Displays the Add New Item dialog
Ctrl-Alt-Insert
Allows you to override base class methods in a derived class when an overridable method is highlighted in the Class View pane

Window Manipulation



Shortcut
Description
Shift-Alt-Enter 
Toggles full screen mode
Ctrl-+ 
Goes back to the previous location in the navigation history. (For example, if you press Ctrl-Home to go to the start of a document, this shortcut will take the cursor back to wherever it was before you pressed Ctrl-Home.)
Ctrl-Shift-+ 
Moves forward in the navigation history. This is effectively an undo for the View.NavigateBackward operation
Ctrl-F4 
Closes the current MDI child window
Shift-Esc 
Closes the current tool window
Ctrl-F2 
Moves the cursor to the navigation bar at the top of a code view
Ctrl-Tab 
Cycles through the MDI child windows one window at a time
Ctrl-F6,
Ctrl-Shift-Tab
Moves to the previous MDI child window
Alt-F6,
Ctrl-Shift-F6
Moves to the next tool window
Shift-Alt-F6 
Moves to the previously selected window
F6 
Moves to the next pane of a split pane view of a single document
Shift-F6 
Moves to the previous pane of a document in split pane view
Ctrl-Pagedown 
Moves to the next tab in the document or window (e.g., you can use this to switch the HTML editor from its design view to its HTML view
Ctrl-PageUp 
Moves to the previous tab in the document or window

Designer Controller



Shortcut
Description
Shift-Alt-Enter 
Toggles full screen mode
Ctrl-+ 
Goes back to the previous location in the navigation history. (For example, if you press Ctrl-Home to go to the start of a document, this shortcut will take the cursor back to wherever it was before you pressed Ctrl-Home.)
Ctrl-Shift-+ 
Moves forward in the navigation history. This is effectively an undo for the View.NavigateBackward operation
Ctrl-F4 
Closes the current MDI child window
Shift-Esc 
Closes the current tool window
Ctrl-F2 
Moves the cursor to the navigation bar at the top of a code view
Ctrl-Tab 
Cycles through the MDI child windows one window at a time
Ctrl-F6,
Ctrl-Shift-Tab
Moves to the previous MDI child window
Alt-F6,
Ctrl-Shift-F6
Moves to the next tool window
Shift-Alt-F6 
Moves to the previously selected window
F6 
Moves to the next pane of a split pane view of a single document
Shift-F6 
Moves to the previous pane of a document in split pane view
Ctrl-Pagedown 
Moves to the next tab in the document or window (e.g., you can use this to switch the HTML editor from its design view to its HTML view
Ctrl-PageUp 
Moves to the previous tab in the document or window

Search & Replace



Shortcut
Description
Shift-Alt-Enter 
Toggles full screen mode
Ctrl-+ 
Goes back to the previous location in the navigation history. (For example, if you press Ctrl-Home to go to the start of a document, this shortcut will take the cursor back to wherever it was before you pressed Ctrl-Home.)
Ctrl-Shift-+ 
Moves forward in the navigation history. This is effectively an undo for the View.NavigateBackward operation
Ctrl-F4 
Closes the current MDI child window
Shift-Esc 
Closes the current tool window
Ctrl-F2 
Moves the cursor to the navigation bar at the top of a code view
Ctrl-Tab 
Cycles through the MDI child windows one window at a time
Ctrl-F6,
Ctrl-Shift-Tab
Moves to the previous MDI child window
Alt-F6,
Ctrl-Shift-F6
Moves to the next tool window
Shift-Alt-F6 
Moves to the previously selected window
F6 
Moves to the next pane of a split pane view of a single document
Shift-F6 
Moves to the previous pane of a document in split pane view
Ctrl-Pagedown 
Moves to the next tab in the document or window (e.g., you can use this to switch the HTML editor from its design view to its HTML view
Ctrl-PageUp 
Moves to the previous tab in the document or window

Debugging



Shortcut
Description
Ctrl-Alt-V, A
Displays the Auto window to view the values of variables currently in the scope of the current line of execution within the current procedure
Ctrl-Alt-Break 
Temporarily stops execution of all processes in a debugging session. Available only in run mode
Ctrl-Alt-B
Displays the Breakpoints dialog, where you can add and modify breakpoints
Ctrl-Alt-C
Displays the Call Stack window to display a list of all active procedures or stack frames for the current thread of execution. Available only in break mode
Ctrl-Shift-F9 
Clears all of the breakpoints in the project
Ctrl-Alt-D
Displays the Disassembly window
Ctrl-F9 
Enables or disables the breakpoint on the current line of code. The line must already have a breakpoint for this to work
Ctrl-Alt-E
Displays the Exceptions dialog
Ctrl-Alt-I
Displays the Immediate window, where you can evaluate expressions and execute individual commands
Ctrl-Alt-V, L
Displays the Locals window to view the variables and their values for the currently selected procedure in the stack frame
Ctrl-Alt-M, 1
Displays the Memory 1 window to view memory in the process being debugged. This is particularly useful when you do not have debugging symbols available for the code you are looking at. It is also helpful for looking at large buffers, strings, and other data that does not display clearly in the Watch or Variables window
Ctrl-Alt-M, 2
Displays the Memory 2 window
Ctrl-Alt-M, 3
Displays the Memory 3 window
Ctrl-Alt-M, 4
Displays the Memory 4 window
Ctrl-Alt-U
Displays the Modules window, which allows you to view the .dll or .exe files loaded by the program. In multiprocess debugging, you can right-click and select Show Modules for all programs
Ctrl-B
Opens the New Breakpoint dialog
Ctrl-Alt-Q
Displays the Quick Watch dialog with the current value of the selected expression. Available only in break mode. Use this command to check the current value of a variable, property, or other expression for which you have not defined a watch expression
Ctrl-Alt-G
Displays the Registers window, which displays CPU register contents
Ctrl-Shift-F5 
Terminates the current debugging session, rebuilds if necessary, and then starts a new debugging session. Available in break and run modes
Ctrl-Alt-N
Displays the Running Documents window that displays the set of HTML documents that you are in the process of debugging. Available in break and run modes
Ctrl-F10 
Starts or resumes execution of your code and then halts execution when it reaches the selected statement. This starts the debugger if it is not already running
Ctrl-Shift-F10 
Sets the execution point to the line of code you choose
Alt-NUM *
Highlights the next statement to be executed
F5 
If not currently debugging, this runs the startup project or projects and attaches the debugger. If in break mode, this allows execution to continue (i.e., it returns to run mode).
Ctrl-F5 
Runs the code without invoking the debugger. For console applications, this also arranges for the console window to stay open with a "Press any key to continue" prompt when the program finishes
F11
Executes code one statement at a time, tracing execution into function calls
Shift-F11 
Executes the remaining lines of a function in which the current execution point lies
F10
Executes the next line of code but does not step into any function calls
Shift-F5 
Available in break and run modes, this terminates the debugging session
Ctrl-Alt-V, T
Displays the This window, which allows you to view the data members of the object associated with the current method
Ctrl-Alt-H
Displays the Threads window to view all of the threads for the current process
F9
Sets or removes a breakpoint at the current line
Ctrl-F11 
Displays the disassembly information for the current source file. Available only in break mode
Ctrl-Alt-W, 1
Displays the Watch 1 window to view the values of variables or watch expressions
Ctrl-Alt-W, 2
Displays the Watch 2 window
Ctrl-Alt-W, 3
Displays the Watch 3 window
Ctrl-Alt-W, 4
Displays the Watch 4 window
Ctrl-Alt-P
Displays the Processes dialog, which allows you to attach or detach the debugger to one or more running processes

Object Browser



Shortcut
Description
Ctrl-Alt-V, A
Displays the Auto window to view the values of variables currently in the scope of the current line of execution within the current procedure
Ctrl-Alt-Break 
Temporarily stops execution of all processes in a debugging session. Available only in run mode
Ctrl-Alt-B
Displays the Breakpoints dialog, where you can add and modify breakpoints
Ctrl-Alt-C
Displays the Call Stack window to display a list of all active procedures or stack frames for the current thread of execution. Available only in break mode
Ctrl-Shift-F9 
Clears all of the breakpoints in the project
Ctrl-Alt-D
Displays the Disassembly window
Ctrl-F9 
Enables or disables the breakpoint on the current line of code. The line must already have a breakpoint for this to work
Ctrl-Alt-E
Displays the Exceptions dialog
Ctrl-Alt-I
Displays the Immediate window, where you can evaluate expressions and execute individual commands
Ctrl-Alt-V, L
Displays the Locals window to view the variables and their values for the currently selected procedure in the stack frame
Ctrl-Alt-M, 1
Displays the Memory 1 window to view memory in the process being debugged. This is particularly useful when you do not have debugging symbols available for the code you are looking at. It is also helpful for looking at large buffers, strings, and other data that does not display clearly in the Watch or Variables window
Ctrl-Alt-M, 2
Displays the Memory 2 window
Ctrl-Alt-M, 3
Displays the Memory 3 window
Ctrl-Alt-M, 4
Displays the Memory 4 window
Ctrl-Alt-U
Displays the Modules window, which allows you to view the .dll or .exe files loaded by the program. In multiprocess debugging, you can right-click and select Show Modules for all programs
Ctrl-B
Opens the New Breakpoint dialog
Ctrl-Alt-Q
Displays the Quick Watch dialog with the current value of the selected expression. Available only in break mode. Use this command to check the current value of a variable, property, or other expression for which you have not defined a watch expression
Ctrl-Alt-G
Displays the Registers window, which displays CPU register contents
Ctrl-Shift-F5 
Terminates the current debugging session, rebuilds if necessary, and then starts a new debugging session. Available in break and run modes
Ctrl-Alt-N
Displays the Running Documents window that displays the set of HTML documents that you are in the process of debugging. Available in break and run modes
Ctrl-F10 
Starts or resumes execution of your code and then halts execution when it reaches the selected statement. This starts the debugger if it is not already running
Ctrl-Shift-F10 
Sets the execution point to the line of code you choose
Alt-NUM *
Highlights the next statement to be executed
F5 
If not currently debugging, this runs the startup project or projects and attaches the debugger. If in break mode, this allows execution to continue (i.e., it returns to run mode).
Ctrl-F5 
Runs the code without invoking the debugger. For console applications, this also arranges for the console window to stay open with a "Press any key to continue" prompt when the program finishes
F11
Executes code one statement at a time, tracing execution into function calls
Shift-F11 
Executes the remaining lines of a function in which the current execution point lies
F10
Executes the next line of code but does not step into any function calls
Shift-F5 
Available in break and run modes, this terminates the debugging session
Ctrl-Alt-V, T
Displays the This window, which allows you to view the data members of the object associated with the current method
Ctrl-Alt-H
Displays the Threads window to view all of the threads for the current process
F9
Sets or removes a breakpoint at the current line
Ctrl-F11 
Displays the disassembly information for the current source file. Available only in break mode
Ctrl-Alt-W, 1
Displays the Watch 1 window to view the values of variables or watch expressions
Ctrl-Alt-W, 2
Displays the Watch 2 window
Ctrl-Alt-W, 3
Displays the Watch 3 window
Ctrl-Alt-W, 4
Displays the Watch 4 window
Ctrl-Alt-P
Displays the Processes dialog, which allows you to attach or detach the debugger to one or more running processes

Tool Window



Shortcut
Description
Ctrl-Shift-M
Toggles the Command window into or out of a mode allowing text within the window to be selected
Ctrl-Shift-C
Displays the Class View window
Ctrl-Alt-A
Displays the Command window, which allows you to type commands that manipulate the IDE
Ctrl-Alt-T
Displays the Document Outline window to view the flat or hierarchical outline of the current document
Ctrl-Alt-F
Displays the Favorites window, which lists shortcuts to web pages
Ctrl-Alt-O
Displays the Output window to view status messages at runtime
F4
Displays the Properties window, which lists the design-time properties and events for the currently selected item
Shift-F4 
Displays the property pages for the item currently selected. (For example, use this to show a project's settings.)
Ctrl-Shift-E
Displays the Resource View window
Ctrl-Alt-S
Displays the Server Explorer window, which allows you to view and manipulate database servers, event logs, message queues, web services, and many other operating system services
Ctrl-Alt-R
Displays the web browser window, which allows you to view pages on the Internet
Ctrl-Alt-L
Displays the Solution Explorer, which lists the projects and files in the current solution
Ctrl-Alt-K
Displays the TaskList window, which displays tasks, comments, shortcuts, warnings, and error messages
Ctrl-Alt-X
Displays the Toolbox, which contains controls and other items that can be dragged into editor and designer windows

HTML Editor(Design view)



Shortcut
Description
Ctrl-B
Toggles the selected text between bold and normal
Ctrl-Shift-T
Decreases the selected paragraph by one indent unit
Ctrl-T 
Indents the selected paragraph by one indent unit
Ctrl-I
Toggles the selected text between italic and normal
Ctrl-Shift-K
Prevents an absolutely positioned element from being inadvertently moved. If the element is already locked, this unlocks it
Ctrl-G
Toggles the grid
Ctrl-Shift-G
Specifies that elements be aligned using an invisible grid. You can set grid spacing on the Design pane of HTML designer options in the Options dialog, and the grid will be changed the next time you open a document
Ctrl-U
Toggles the selected text between underlined and normal
Ctrl-Shift-L
Displays the Bookmark dialog
Ctrl-J
Inserts


in the current HTML document
Ctrl-L
When text is selected, displays the Hyperlink dialog
Ctrl-Shift-W
Displays the Insert Image dialog
Ctrl-Alt-Up Arrow 
Adds one row above the current row in the table
Ctrl-Alt-Down Arrow 
Adds one row below the current row in the table
Ctrl-Alt-Left Arrow 
Adds one column to the left of the current column in the table
Ctrl-Alt-Right Arrow 
Adds one column to the right of the current column in the table
Ctrl-Shift-Q
Toggles display of marker icons for HTML elements that do not have a visual representation, such as comments, scripts, and anchors for absolutely positioned elements
Ctrl-Page Down 
Switches from design view to HTML view and vice versa
Ctrl-Q
Displays a 1-pixel border around HTML elements that support a BORDER attribute and have it set to zero, such as tables, table cells, and divisions

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