Disable F1 in Visual Studio

If you are using Visual Studio on a laptop, especially the smaller ones a.k.a. the Netbook, the keys are way too close to each other and I often end up hitting the F1 button instead of the ESC key.

Here’s a simple tip to disable the F1 key in Visual Studio 2005, 2008 or 2010 to save you from some annoyance.

In Visual Studio, Go to Tools > Options > Environment > Keyboard > Select Help.F1Help and say Remove


Simple tip but extremely useful for Netbook owners like me!

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5 Responses to "Disable F1 in Visual Studio"
  1. Anonymous said...
    December 19, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    i also removed this key F1 and use this istead of Shift + F12.

    are this better ?

  2. Suprotim Agarwal said...
    December 19, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    yes whatever suits your req!

  3. Anonymous said...
    December 22, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    This is the best damn post on the internet. THANK YOU!

  4. Anonymous said...
    December 28, 2010 at 6:58 AM

    I'm amazed you can run Visual Studio on a netbook!

  5. Suprotim Agarwal said...
    December 28, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Yes and I run VS 2010 along with SQL 2008 express :) it's an ASUS netbook, less powerful but extremely handy with 1GB RAM + Atom N455 processor


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