30 Favorite Visual Studio Keyboard Shortcuts

Here is a list of my favorite Visual Studio Keyboard Shortcuts that I use all the time to increase my productivity and perform repetitive tasks with ease. I have tested these shortcuts on VS 2010, but most of them work on VS 2008 too. You can bookmark this link and make them your favorites too!

Note: I am using the US Keyboard Layout!

Navigation Shortcuts

Ctrl + ]Moves the cursor to the matching brace in the source file
Ctrl + Hyphen (-) Moves cursor to its previous position
Ctrl + Shift + Hyphen (-)Moves cursor to the next browsed line of code
Shift + F7Switch between the Design and Source View of the document
Ctrl + TabDisplays the IDE Navigator with the current document selected. Allows you to navigate open documents. Also try Alt+W+2
Ctrl + Shift + FDisplays the ‘Find in Files’ tab of the ‘Find and Replace’ dialog box
Ctrl + IActivates Incremental Search by searching for the next occurrence of the input text. You can even use F3
Shift + F12Displays a list of all references for the symbol selected
Ctrl + /Moves focus to the Find/Command box

Editing Shortcuts

Ctrl + K + CComment a Line or an entire selected block
Ctrl + K + UUncomment a Line or an entire selected block
Ctrl + LCuts the current line
Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V Duplicate a line

Window Shortcuts

Shift + Alt + Enter Toggle Full Screen Mode
Ctrl + M + OCollapses all Regions to provide a high level overview of the types and members in the source file
Ctrl + M + LToggles all previously collapsed Regions
/Collapses all tabs in a Toolbox
*Expands all tabs in a Toolbox. If * does not work, use Shift + 8 for ENU keyboards as explained here
Shift + EscCloses the current Tool Window with focus

Code Completion Shortcuts

Ctrl + Period (.) Expands the Smart Tag Menu (Usually when you rename a method or need to add a ‘using’ statement). You can also use Alt+Shift+F10
Tab Inserts expanded code snippet using a shortcut (for example enter the keyword ‘class’ and hit Tab twice)
Ctrl + SpaceCompletes the current word in the completion list

Other Shortcuts

Ctrl + Shift + BBuild the solution. You can even try F6
F5Start the application with Debugging
Ctrl + F5Start the application without Debugging
F9Sets or Removes a breakpoint at the current line
Ctrl + Shift + SSave all unsaved files
Ctrl + Alt + LShow Solution Explorer
Ctrl + Shift + ADisplays the Add New Item dialog box
Alt + Shift + ADisplays the Add Existing Item dialog box

You can also download the Visual Studio 2010 Keyboard Shortcuts Poster

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Anonymous said...

Don't forget these indispensable debugging shortcuts:

F9 set/clear breakpoint
F10 step next
F11 step into
Shift+F11 return current function
F5 continue
Shift+F6 stop execution

Alt+4 Variables
Alt+7 Call Stack

Francesco Biacca said...

very useful!
just a note: you should underline that they work on us config.

For example, if you guys use the italian versione, you have to

ctrl + ì

to go to the matching brace

Anonymous said...

One of my personal favorites:

Ctrl + K, Ctrl + D

...for auto-formatting messy code / html.

Also Ctrl + K, Ctrl + K for setting code bookmarks.

Suprotim Agarwal said...

Francesco: Thanks! I have added a note.

Other: Thanks for your comments

Anonymous said...

CTRL + L is a winner!

Anonymous said...

Ctrl + ] is the most usefull thingi have learnt all year thanks

Anonymous said...

My favorite keyboard shortcut in C# keyset is Ctrl+E,D. I found the keyboard shortcuts here first:

Pavel Vladov said...

Here's my favourite list of The Most Useful Visual Studio Keyboard Shortcuts.

Anonymous said...

don't forget:
Ctrl+R, Ctrl+R

this is for doing a rename that will act also on comments

Jw said...

While debugging:

Shift + F9: Open Quick Watch with editor selected content

Alt + NumPad *: Jump cursor in editor to current debugging line