I'm giving a talk on Visual C# - Productivity Tips and Tricks for the Visual C# IDE at Tech Ed 06. Since I mention many, many keybindings in the talk, here are descriptions for some of the common ones for reference. The talk was based off of one that my coworker Anson gave at PDC so you can find descriptions on most of the tips and tricks there.
Visual C# Development Settings Default KeyBindings
CTRL + M, O
Collapses existing regions to provide a high-level view of the types and members in the source file.
CTRL + K, C or CTRL + E, C
Inserts // at the beginning of the current line or every line of the current selection.
CTRL + K, D or CTRL + E, D
Formats the current document according to the indentation and code formatting settings specified on the Formatting pane under Tools | Options | Text Editor | C#.
CTRL + K, F or CTRL + E, F
Formats the current selection according to the indentation and code formatting settings specified on the Formatting pane under Tools | Options | Text Editor | C#.
CTRL + K, X
Displays the Code Snippet Picker. The selected code snippet will be inserted at the cursor position.
CTRL + M, P
Removes all outlining information from the whole document.
CTRL + K, S
Displays the Code Snippet Picker. The selected code snippet will be wrapped around the selected text.
CTRL + M, L
Toggles all previously collapsed outlining regions between collapsed and expanded states.
Expand Code Snippet
CTRL + M, M
Toggles the currently selected collapsed region between the collapsed and expanded state.
CTRL + K, U or CTRL + E, U
Removes the // at the beginning of the current line or every line of the current selection.
CTRL + SHIFT + V
Pastes text from the Clipboard ring to the cursor location in the file. Subsequent use of the shortcut key iterates through the items in the Clipboard ring.
CTRL + H
Displays the replace options in the Quick tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.
CTRL + SHIFT + H
Displays the replace options on the In Files tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.
CTRL + . or SHIFT + ALT + F10
Displays the available options on the smart tag menu.
Inserts the expanded code snippet from the shortcut name.
CTRL + SHIFT + N
Displays the New Project dialog box.
CTRL + SHIFT + O
Displays the Open Project dialog box, where existing projects can be added to the solution.
SHIFT + ALT + C
Displays the Add New Item dialog box and selects Class template as default.
SHIFT + ALT + A
Displays the Add Existing Item dialog box, where existing files can be added to the current project.
CTRL + SHIFT + A
Displays the Add New Item dialog box, where a new file can be added to the current project.
CTRL + ALT + DOWN ARROW
Displays a pop-up listing of all open documents.
CTRL + O
Displays the Open File dialog box where a file can be selected to be opened. This does not add the file to the project.
CTRL + SPACE or CTRL + K, W
Completes the current word in the completion list.
CTRL + J or CTRL + K, L
Invokes the IntelliSense completion list.
CTRL + K, I
Displays the complete declaration for the specified identifier in your code in a Quick Info tool tip.
CTRL + SHIFT + SPACE or CTRL K, P
Displays the name, number and type of parameters required for the specified method.
SHIFT + F12 or CTRL + K, R
Displays a list of all references for the symbol selected.
CTRL + ]
Moves the cursor location to the matching brace in the source file.
Navigates to the declaration for the selected symbol in code.
Moves the cursor to the next item, such as a task in the Task List window or a search match in the Find Results window. Subsequent invocations will move to the next item in the list.
CTRL + I
Activates incremental search. If incremental search is on, but no input is passed, the previous search query is used. If search input has been found, next invocation searches for the next occurrence of the input text.
CTRL + K, CTRL + V
Brings focus to the Class View search box.
CTRL + SHIFT + 7
Moves to the next item called in code in the current file. Uses the Go To Definition navigation stack.
CTRL + MINUS SIGN (-)
Moves to the previously browsed line of code.
CTRL + SHIFT + MINUS SIGN (-)
Moves to the next browsed line of code.
CTRL + SHIFT + 8
Moves to the previous item called in code in the current file. Uses the Go To Definition navigation stack.
CTRL + SHIFT + F
Displays the In Files tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.
ALT + F12
Displays the Find Symbol pane of the Find and Replace dialog box.
Displays the selected item in Code view of the editor.
SHIFT + F7
Switches to Design view for the current document. Available only in Source view.
Switches to Source view for the current document. Available only in Design view.
CTRL + F2
Moves the cursor to the drop-down bar located at the top of the code editor when the editor is in Code view or Server Code view.
CTRL + F
Displays the Quick tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.
CTRL + G
Displays the Go To Line dialog box.
CTRL + /
Puts the cursor in the Find/Command box on the Standard toolbar.
CTRL + R, E
Displays the Encapsulate Field dialog box, which allows creation of a property from an existing field and updates all references to use the new property.
CTRL + R, I
Displays the Extract Interface dialog box, which allows creation of a new interface with members derived from an existing class, struct, or interface.
CTRL + R, M
Displays the Extract Method dialog box, which allows creation of a new method from the selected code.
CTRL + R, P
Moves a variable from a local usage to a method, indexer, or constructor parameter and updates all call sites appropriately.
CTRL + R, V
Displays the Remove Parameters dialog box, which allows removal of parameters from methods, indexers, or delegates by changing the declaration at any locations where the member is called.
CTRL + R, R or F2
Displays the Rename dialog box, which allows renaming all references for an identifier.
CTRL + R, O
Displays the Reorder Parameters dialog box, which allows changes to the order of the parameters for methods, indexers, and delegates.
CTRL + W, C
Displays the Class View window.
CTRL + W, D
Displays the Code Definition window.
CTRL + W, A
Displays the Command window, where commands can be invoked to manipulate the integrated development environment (IDE).
CTRL + W, E
Displays the Error List window.
CTRL + W, J
Displays the Object Browser.
CTRL + W, O
Displays the Output window, where status messages can be viewed at run time.
CTRL + W, P
Displays the Properties window, which lists the design-time properties and events for the currently selected item.
CTRL + W, S
Displays Solution Explorer, which lists the projects and files in the current solution.
CTRL + W, T
Displays the Task List window, which displays custom tasks, comments, shortcuts, warnings and error messages.
CTRL + W, X
Displays the Toolbox, which contains controls that can be included or used with your code.
CTRL + W, L
Displays Server Explorer, which lets you view and manipulate database servers, event logs, message queues, Web services, and other operating system services.
SHIFT + ESC
Closes the current tool window.
SHIFT + ALT + D
Displays the Data Sources window.
CTRL + F4
Closes the current tab.
CTRL + TAB
Displays the IDE Navigator, with the first document window selected.
F6 or CTRL + SHIFT + B
Builds all the projects in the solution.
SHIFT + F6
Builds the selected project and its dependencies.
CTRL + D, A
Displays the Autos window, which displays variables used in the current line of code and the preceding line of code.
CTRL + D, C
Displays the Call Stack window, which displays a list of all active methods or stack frames for the current thread of execution.
CTRL + D, I
Displays the Immediate window, where expressions can be evaluated.
CTRL + D, L
Displays the Locals window, which displays the local variables and their values for each method in the current stack frame.
CTRL + D, Q
Displays the QuickWatch dialog box that has the current value of the selected expression.
Launches the application under the debugger based off of the settings from the startup project. When in Break mode, invoking this command will run the application until the next breakpoint.
CTRL + F5
Launches the application without invoking the debugger.
Executes code one statement at a time, following execution into method calls.
SHIFT + F11
Executes the remaining lines of a method in which the current execution point is located.
Executes the next line of code, but does not follow execution through any method calls.
SHIFT + F5
Stops running the current application under the debugger.
Sets or removes a breakpoint at the current line.
CTRL + D, W
Displays the Watch window, which displays the values of selected variables or watch expressions.
CTRL + F9
Toggles the breakpoint between disabled and enabled.
Make Datatip Transparent
Causes a visible datatip to become transparent.
- These key bindings are only available through the Visual C# Development Settings. To change to the Visual C# Development settings, go to Tools | Import and Export Settings and select Reset all Settings then select Visual C# Development Settings.
- To customize the key bindings for these commands, go to Tools | Options | Environment | Keyboard.