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Visual studio shortcuts that I use

Some useful shortcuts for development in different versions of visual studio for VC++…

  1. Ctrl + Alt + L – Solution explorer
  2. Alt + Enter – Properties window
    Works even on open files in the IDE. Lists the properties of files like full path etc. If in resource editor then it shows properties of controls
  3. Ctrl + Shift + F8 – Helps in selecting blocks of text using keyboard navigation keys, press escape to break out of this behavior
  4. Alt + 0 – VC6 – Shows workspace window
  5. Ctrl + Pagedown/Pageup – To navigate through the tabs in the output window or the workspace window. Works even in excel to navigate through worksheet tabs
  6. Ctrl + Shift + E – Opens resource explorer window
  7. Ctrl + Shift + C – Opens class view
  8. Ctrl + Shift + B – To start building
  9. Ctrl + F8 – VC6 – Turns on sticky shift, enters selection mode by selecting current line, use arrow keys to move selection up or down. Press escape when done
  10. Ctrl + Alt + O – Open output window
  11. To navigate through errors, use F8 in VS7 and above and F4 in VS6.
  12. Shortcut heaven in VC6, if interested to learn new shortcuts goto this dialog and the marked place. Press some shortcut keys to see what they are meant for. This is how I learn about new shortcuts in Microsoft products, it’s a standard feature in nearly all of their products. Goto Tools->Customize.
    Navigate through the category combo and command list to find out about new shortcuts. If you are using VC6 you can get a list of existing shortcuts using Help->Keyboard Map, take a print out stick it in your cabin, every now and then have a look at the list and implement these one by one. Shortly you won’t using mouse too much, will save time. :)This dialog is found in VS6 and equivalent one exists in some or the other form in other versions of visual studio too. So have fun learning these shortcuts.
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