Visual Studio .NET 2003 Default Settings Shortcut Keys


Command NameShortcut KeysDescription

Global shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used in various places within the integrated development environment (IDE).
Edit.CopyCTRL+C
CTRL+INSERT
Copies the currently selected item to the system clipboard.
Edit.CutCTRL+X
SHIFT+DELETE
Removes the currently selected item to the system clipboard.
Edit.CycleClipboardRingCTRL+SHIFT+INS
CTRL+SHIFT+V
Pastes an item from the Clipboard Ring tab of the Toolbox at the insertion point in the file and automatically selects the pasted item. You can review each item on the Clipboard by repeatedly pressing the shortcut keys.
Edit.GoToNextLocationF8Moves the cursor to the next item, such as a task in the Task List window or a search match in the Find Results window. Each time you press F8, you move to the next item in the list.
Edit.GoToPreviousLocationSHIFT+F8Moves the cursor to the previous item in the Task List window or Find Results window.
Edit.GoToReferenceSHIFT+F12Displays the reference of the selection in the code.
Edit.OpenFileCTRL+SHIFT+GDisplays the Open File dialog box where you can select an existing file to open.
Edit.PasteCTRL+VInserts the Clipboard contents at the insertion point.
SHIFT+INSERT
Edit.RedoCTRL+SHIFT+Z
CTRL+Y
SHIFT+ALT+BACKSPACE
Restores the previously undone action.
Edit.SelectionCancelESCCloses a menu or dialog box, cancels an operation in progress, or places focus in the current document window. Available only in the .NET Framework Designer.
Edit.UndoALT+BACKSPACE
CTRL+Z
Reverses the last editing action.
File.PrintCTRL+PDisplays the Print dialog box where you can choose printer settings.
File.SaveAllCTRL+SHIFT+SSaves all documents in the current solution and any files in the external files project.
File.SaveSelectedItemsCTRL+SSaves the selected items in the current project.
Tools.GoToCommandLineCTRL+/Places the caret in the Find/Command box on the Standard toolbar.
View.NextTaskCTRL+SHIFT+F12Moves to the next task in the Task List window.
View.PopBrowseContextCTRL+SHIFT+8Returns to the location from where the last browse operation was performed. Available in the Object Browser or Class View window.
View.ViewCodeF7Displays the selected item in Code view of the Editor.
View.ViewDesignerSHIFT+F7Displays the selected item in Design view of the Editor.
View.WebNavigateBackALT+LEFT ARROWDisplays the previous page in the viewing history. Available only in the Web Browser window.
View.WebNavigateForwardALT+RIGHT ARROWDisplays the next page in the viewing history. Available only in the Web Browser window.

HTML Designer shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can only be used while editing in the HTML Designer. Certain keys combinations are available only in a specific view of that designer.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Edit.ListMembersCTRL+JLists members of the current class for statement completion when editing code. Available only in HTML view of the HTMLDesigner.
Edit.ParameterInfoCTRL+SHIFT+SPACEBARDisplays a tool tip that contains information for the current parameter, based on the current language. Available only in HTML view of the HTML Editor.
Edit.ViewBottomCTRL+PAGE DOWNMoves to the bottom of the current document. Available only in HTML View of the HTML Designer.
Edit.ViewTopCTRL+PAGE UP (Save File As)Moves to the top of the current window. Available only in HTML View of the HTML Designer.
Format.BoldCTRL+BToggles the selected text between bold and normal. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.BookmarkCTRL+SHIFT+LDisplays the Bookmark dialog box. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.ConvertToHyperlinkCTRL+LWhen text is selected, displays the Hyperlink dialog box. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.DecreaseIndentCTRL+SHIFT+TDecreases the selected paragraph by one indent unit. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.IncreaseIndentCTRL+TIndents the selected paragraph by one indent unit. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.ItalicCTRL+IToggles the selected text between italic and normal. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.LockElementCTRL+SHIFT+KPrevents an absolutely positioned element from being inadvertently moved. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.ShowGridCTRL+GToggles show grid. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.SnapToGridCTRL+SHIFT+GSpecifies that elements are aligned using an invisible grid. You can set grid spacing on the Design pane of HTML Designer options in the Options dialog box, and the grid will be changed the next time you open a document. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Format.UnderlineCTRL+UToggles the selected text between underlined and normal. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Table.InsertColumnstotheLeftCTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROWAdds one column to the left of the current column in the table. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Table.InsertColumnstotheRightCTRL+ALT+RIGHT ARROWAdds one column to the right of the current column in the table. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Table.InsertRowAboveCTRL+ALT+UP ARROWAdds one row above the current row in the table. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
Table.InsertRowBelowCTRL+ALT+DOWN ARROWAdds one row below the current row in the table. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
View.DetailsCTRL+SHIFT+QDisplays signal icons for HTML elements that do not have a visual representation, such as comments, scripts, and anchors for absolutely positioned elements. Available only in Design View of the HTML Designer.
View.NextViewCTRL+PAGE DOWNSwitches from Design view to HTML view and vice versa. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.
View.VisibleBordersCTRL+QDisplays a 1-pixel border around HTML elements that support a BORDER attribute and has it set to zero, such as tables, table cells, and divisions. Available only in Design view of the HTML Designer.

XML Designer shortcut keys

Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Schema.CollapseCTRL+(-)Collapses nested elements. Available only in Schema View of the XML Designer.
Schema.ExpandCTRL+(=)Expands nested elements. Available only in Schema View of the XML Designer.

Control manipulation shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used to move, select, and change the size of controls on design surfaces.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Edit.MoveControlDownCTRL+DOWN ARROWMoves the selected control down in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlDownGridDOWN ARROWMoves the selected control down in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlLeftCTRL+LEFT ARROWMoves the control to the left in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlLeftGridLEFT ARROWMoves the control to the left in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlRightCTRL+RIGHT ARROWMoves the control to the right in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlRightGridRIGHT ARROWMoves the control to the right in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlUpCTRL+UP ARROWMoves the control up in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.MoveControlUpGridUP ARROWMoves the control up in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.SelectNextControlTABMoves to the next control on the page.
Edit.SelectPreviousControlSHIFT+TABMoves back to the previously selected control on the page.
Edit.SizeControlDownCTRL+SHIFT+DOWN ARROWIncreases the height of the control in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlDownGridSHIFT+DOWN ARROWIncreases the height of the control in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlLeftCTRL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROWReduces the width of the control in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlLeftGridSHIFT+LEFT ARROWReduces the width of the control in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlRightCTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROWIncreases the width of the control in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlRightGridSHIFT+LEFT ARROWIncreases the width of the control in increments of 8 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlUpCTRL+SHIFT+UP ARROWDecreases the height of the control in increments of 1 on the design surface.
Edit.SizeControlUpGridSHIFT+UP ARROWDecreases the height of the control in increments of 8 on the design surface.

Debugging shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used while debugging code.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Debug.ApplyCodeChangesALT+F10Starts an Edit and Continue build to apply changes to code being debugged.
Debug.AutosCTRL+ALT+V, ADisplays the Auto window to view the values of variables currently in the scope of the current line of execution within the current procedure.
Debug.BreakAllCTRL+ALT+ BreakTemporarily stops execution of all processes in a debugging session. Available only in Run mode.
Debug.BreakpointsCTRL+ALT+BDisplays the Breakpoints dialog box, where you can add and modify breakpoints.
Debug.CallStackCTRL+ALT+CDisplays the Call Stack window to display a list of all active procedures or stack frames for the current thread of execution. Available only in Run mode.
Debug.ClearAllBreakpointsCTRL+SHIFT+F9Clears all of the breakpoints in the project.
Debug.DisassemblyCTRL+ALT+DDisplays the Disassembly window.
Debug.EnableBreakpointCTRL+F9Sets a breakpoint at the current line of code.
Debug.ExceptionsCTRL+ALT+EDisplays the Exceptions dialog box.
Debug.ImmediateCTRL+ALT+IDisplays the Immediate window, where you can evaluate expressions and execute individual commands.
Debug.LocalsCTRL+ALT+V, LDisplays the Locals window to view the variables and their values for each procedure in the current stack frame.
Debug.Memory1CTRL+ALT+M, 1Displays the Memory 1 window to view large buffers, strings, and other data that do not display clearly in the Watch or Variables window.
Debug.Memory2CTRL+ALT+M, 2Displays the Memory 2 window to view large buffers, strings, and other data that do not display clearly in the Watch or Variables window.
Debug.Memory3CTRL+ALT+M, 3Displays the Memory 3 window to view large buffers, strings, and other data that do not display clearly in the Watch or Variables window.
Debug.Memory4CTRL+ALT+M, 4Displays the Memory 4 window to view large buffers, strings, and other data that do not display clearly in the Watch or Variables window.
Debug.ModulesCTRL+ALT+UDisplays the Modules window, which allows you to view the .dll or .exe files used by the program. In multiprocess debugging, you can right-click and select Show Modules for all Programs.
Debug.NewBreakpointCTRL+BInserts or clears a breakpoint in the current line of code.
Debug.QuickWatchCTRL+ALT+QDisplays the Quick Watch dialog box 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.
Debug.RegistersCTRL+ALT+GDisplays the Registers window, which displays registers content for debugging Native code applications.
Debug.RestartCTRL+SHIFT+F5Terminates a debugging session, rebuilds, and then starts running the application from the beginning. Available in Break and Run modes.
Debug.RunningDocumentsCTRL+ALT+NDisplays the Running Documents window that displays the set of documents that you are in the process of debugging. Available in Run mode.
Debug.RunToCursorCTRL+F10In Break mode, resumes execution of your code from the current statement to the selected statement. The Current Line of Execution margin indicator appears in the Margin Indicator bar.
In Design mode, starts the debugger and executes your code to the cursor location.
Debug.SetNextStatementCTRL+SHIFT+F10Sets the execution point to the line of code you choose.
Debug.ShowNextStatementALT+NUM *Highlights the next statement to be executed.
Debug.StartF5Automatically attaches the debugger and runs the application from the startup project specified in the Properties dialog box. Changes to Continue if in Break mode.
Debug.StartWithoutDebuggingCTRL+F5Runs the code without invoking the debugger.
Debug.StepIntoF11Executes code one statement at a time, following execution into function calls.
Debug.StepOutSHIFT+F11Executes the remaining lines of a function in which the current execution point lies.
Debug.StepOverF10Executes the next line of code, but does not follow execution through any function calls.
Debug.StopDebuggingSHIFT+F5Stops running the current application in the program. Available in Break and Run modes.
Debug.ThisCTRL+ALT+V, TDisplays the This window, which allows you to view the data members of the object associated with the current method.
Debug.ThreadsCTRL+ALT+HDisplays the Threads window to view all of the threads for the current process and information about them.
Debug.ToggleBreakpointF9Sets or removes a breakpoint at the current line.
Debug.ToggleDisassemblyCTRL+F11Displays the disassembly information for the current source file. Available only in Break mode.
Debug.Watch1CTRL+ALT+W, 1Displays the Watch1 window to view the values of selected variables or watch expressions.
Debug.Watch2CTRL+ALT+W, 2Displays the Watch2 window to view the values of selected variables or watch expressions.
Debug.Watch3CTRL+ALT+W, 3Displays the Watch3 window to view the values of selected variables or watch expressions.
Debug.Watch4CTRL+ALT+W, 4Displays the Watch4 window to view the values of selected variables or watch expressions.
Tools.DebugProcessesCTRL+ALT+PDisplays the Processes dialog box, which allows you to debug multiple programs at the same time in a single solution.

Search and replace shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used with the Find, Replace, Find in Files, and Replace in Files dialog boxes.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Edit.FindCTRL+FDisplays the Find dialog box.
Edit.FindInFilesCTRL+SHIFT+FDisplays the Find in Files dialog box.
Edit.FindNextF3Finds the next occurrence of the previous search text.
Edit.FindNextSelectedCTRL+F3Finds the next occurrence of the currently selected text in the document.
Edit.FindPreviousSHIFT+F3Finds the previous occurrence of the search text.
Edit.FindPreviousSelectedCTRL+SHIFT+F3Finds the previous occurrence of the currently selected text, or the word at the caret.
Edit.GoToFindComboCTRL+DPlaces the caret in the Find/Command line on the Standard toolbar.
Edit.HiddenTextALT+F3, HSelects or clears the Search Hidden Text option for Find dialog box.
Edit.IncrementalSearchCTRL+IStarts Incremental search. If Incremental search is started, but you have not typed any characters, recalls the previous pattern. If text has been found, searches for the next occurrence.
Edit.MatchCaseALT+F3, C.Selects or clears the Match Case option for Find and Replace operations.
Edit.RegularExpressionALT+F3, RSelects or clears the Regular expression option so that special characters can be used in Find and Replace operations.
Edit.ReplaceCTRL+HDisplays the Replace dialog box.
Edit.ReplaceInFilesCTRL+SHIFT+HDisplays the Replace in Files dialog box.
Edit.ReverseIncrementalSearchCTRL+SHIFT+IChanges the direction of Incremental search to begin at the bottom of the file and progress towards the top.
Edit.StopSearchALT+F3, SHalts the current Find in Files operation.
Edit.UpALT+F3, BSelects or clears the Search Up option for Find and Replace operations.
Edit.WholeWordALT+F3, WSelects or clears the Match whole word option for Find and Replace operations.
Edit.WildcardALT+F3, PSelects or clears the Wildcard option for Find and Replace operations.

Visual Database Tools shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used in the Database Designer or Query Designer.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Database.RunCTRL+ERuns the currently active database object.
Database.RunSelectionCTRL+QRuns the current selection in the SQL editor.
Database.StepIntoALT+F5Steps into debug mode for the currently active database object.
Query.RunCTRL+RExecutes the query. Available only in the Query Designer.
View.DiagramCTRL+1Displays the Diagram pane of the Query designer. Available only in the Query designer.
View.GridCTRL+2Displays the Grid pane of the Query designer. Available only in the Query designer.
View.ResultsCTRL+4Displays the Results pane of the Query designer. Available only in the Query designer.
View.SQLCTRL+3Displays the SQL pane of the Query designer. Available only in the Query designer.

Text navigation shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used in text editors to move within an open document.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Edit.CharLeftLEFT ARROWMoves the cursor one character to the left. Available only in the .NET Framework Designer.
Edit.CharRightRIGHT ARROWMoves the cursor one character to the right. Available only in the .NET Framework Designer
Edit.DocumentEndCTRL+ENDMoves the insertion point to the last line of the document.
Edit.DocumentStartCTRL+HOMEMoves the insertion point to the first line of the document.
Edit.GoToCTRL+GDisplays the Go To Line dialog box.
Edit.GoToBraceCTRL+]Moves the insertion point to the next brace in the document.
Edit.LineDownDOWN ARROWMoves the cursor down one line.
Edit.LineEndENDMoves the cursor to the end of the current line.
Edit.LineStartHOMEMoves the cursor to the beginning of the line.
Edit.LineUpUP ARROWMoves the cursor up one line.
Edit.NextBookmarkCTRL+K, CTRL+NMoves to the next bookmark in the document.
Edit.PageDownPAGE DOWNScrolls down one screen in the Editor window.
Edit.PageUpPAGE UPScrolls up one screen in the Editor window.
Edit.PreviousBookmarkCTRL+K, CTRL+PMoves to the previous bookmark.
Edit.QuickInfoCTRL+K, CTRL+IDisplays Quick Info, based on the current language.
Edit.ScrollLineDownCTRL+DOWN ARROWScrolls text down one line. Available in Text editors only.
Edit.ScrollLineUpCTRL+UP ARROWScrolls text up one line. Available in Text editors only.
Edit.WordNextCTRL+RIGHT ARROWMoves the insertion point to the right one word.
Edit.WordPreviousCTRL+LEFT ARROWMoves the insertion point to the left one word.
View.BrowseNextCTRL+SHIFT+1Navigates to the next definition, declaration, or reference of an item. Available in the Object Browser and Class View window.
View.BrowsePreviousCTRL+SHIFT+2Navigates to the previous definition, declaration, or reference of an item. Available in the Object Browser and Class View window.

Text selection shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used in text editors to select text within an open document.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Edit.CharLeftExtendSHIFT+LEFT ARROWMoves the cursor to the left one character, extending the selection. Available only in the .NET Framework Designer.
Edit.CharLeftExtendColumnSHIFT+ALT+LEFT ARROWMoves the cursor to the left one character, extending the column selection.
Edit.CharRightExtendSHIFT+RIGHT ARROWMoves the cursor to the right one character, extending the selection. Available only in the .NET Framework Designer.
Edit.CharRightExtendColumnSHIFT+ALT+RIGHT ARROWMoves the cursor to the right one character, extending the column selection.
Edit.DocumentEndExtendCTRL+SHIFT+ENDSelects the text from the insertion point to the last line of the document.
Edit.DocumentStartExtendCTRL+SHIFT+HOMESelects the text from the insertion point to the first line of the document.
Edit.GoToBraceExtendCTRL+SHIFT+]Moves the insertion point to the next brace, extending the selection.
Edit.LineDownExtendSHIFT+DOWN ARROWExtends text selection down one line, starting at the location of the insertion point.
Edit.LineDownExtendColumnSHIFT+ALT+DOWN ARROWMoves the cursor down one line, extending the column selection.
Edit.LineEndExtendSHIFT+ENDSelects text from the insertion point to the end of the current line.
Edit.LineEndExtendColumnSHIFT+ALT+ENDMoves the insertion point to the end of the line, extending the column selection.
Edit.LineStartExtendSHIFT+HOMESelects text from the insertion point to the start of the line.
Edit.LineStartExtendColumnSHIFT+ALT+HOMEMoves the insertion point to the start of the line, extending the column selection.
Edit.LineUpExtendSHIFT+UP ARROWSelects text up line by line starting from the location of the insertion point.
Edit.LineUpExtendColumnSHIFT+ALT+UP ARROWMoves the cursor up one line, extending the column selection.
Edit.PageDownExtendSHIFT+PAGE DOWNExtends selection down one page.
Edit.PageUpExtendSHIFT+PAGE UPExtends selection up one page.
Edit.SelectAllCTRL+ASelects everything in the current document.
Edit.SelectCurrentWordCTRL+WSelects the word containing the insertion point or the word to the right of the insertion point.
Edit.SelectToLastGoBackCTRL+=Select from the current location in the Editor back to the previous location in the Editor.
Edit.ViewBottomExtendCTRL+SHIFT+PAGE DOWNMoves the cursor to the last line in view, extending the selection.
Edit.ViewTopExtendCTRL+SHIFT+PAGE UPExtends the selection to the top of the current window.
Edit.WordNextExtendCTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROWExtends the selection one word to the right.
Edit.WordNextExtendColumnCTRL+SHIFT+ALT+RIGHT ARROWMoves the cursor to the right one word, extending the column selection.
Edit.WordPreviousExtendCTRL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROWExtends the selection one word to the left.
Edit.WordPreviousExtendColumnCTRL+SHIFT+ALT+LEFT ARROWMoves the cursor to the left one word, extending the column selection.

Text manipulation shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used in text editors to delete, move, or format text within an open document.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Edit.BreakLineENTER
SHIFT+ENTER
Inserts a new line.
Edit.CharTransposeCTRL+TSwaps the characters on either side of the insertion point. For example, AC|BD becomes AB|CD. Available only in text editors.
Edit.ClearBookmarksCTRL+K, CTRL+LRemoves all unnamed bookmarks in the current document.
Edit.ColllapseToDefinitionsCTRL+M, CTRL+OAutomatically determines logical boundaries for creating regions in code, such as procedures, and then hides them.
Edit.CommentSelectionCTRL+K, CTRL+CMarks the current line of code as a comment, using the correct comment syntax for the programming language.
Edit.CompleteWordALT+RIGHT ARROWDisplays Word Completion based on the current language.
CTRL+SPACEBAR
Edit.DeleteDELETEDeletes one character to the right of the cursor.
Edit.DeleteBackwordsBACKSPACE
SHIFT+BACKSPACE
Deletes one character to the left of the cursor.
Edit.DeleteHorizontalWhitespaceCTRL+K, CTRL+\Collapses white space in the selection, or deletes white space adjacent to the cursor if there is no selection.
Edit.FormatDocumentCTRL+K, CTRL+DApplies 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 box.
Edit.FormatSelectionCTRL+K, CTRL+FCorrectly indents the selected lines of code based on the surrounding lines of code.
Edit.HideSelectionCTRL+M, CTRL+HHides the selected text. A signal icon marks the location of the hidden text in the file.
Edit.InsertTabTABIndents the line of text a specified number of spaces, such as five.
Edit.LineCutCTRL+LCuts all selected lines, or the current line if nothing has been selected, to the Clipboard.
Edit.LineDeleteCTRL+SHIFT+LDeletes all selected lines, or the current line if no selection has been made.
Edit.LineOpenAboveCTRL+ENTERInserts a blank line above the insertion point.
Edit.LineOpenBelowCTRL+SHIFT+ENTERInserts a blank line below the insertion point.
Edit.LineTransposeSHIFT+ALT+TMoves the line containing the insertion point below the next line.
Edit.MakeLowercaseCTRL+UChanges the selected text to lowercase characters.
Edit.MakeUppercaseCTRL+SHIFT+UChanges the selected text to uppercase characters.
Edit.OverTypeModeINSERTToggles between insert and overtype insertion modes. Available only when working in text editors.
Edit.StopHidingCurrentCTRL+M, CTRL+URemoves the outlining information for the currently selected region.
Edit.StopOutliningCTRL+M, CTRL+PRemoves all outlining information from the entire document.
Edit.SwapAnchorCTRL+R, CTRL+PSwaps the anchor and end points of the current selection.
Edit.TabLeftSHIFT+TABMoves selected lines to the left one tab stop.
Edit.ToggleAllOutliningCTRL+M, CTRL+LToggles all previously marked hidden text sections between hidden and display states.
Edit.ToggleBookmarkCTRL+K, CTRL+KSets or removes a bookmark at the current line.
Edit.ToggleOutliningExpansionCTRL+M, CTRL+MToggles the currently selected hidden text section between the hidden and display state.
Edit.ToggleTaskListShortcutCTRL+K, CTRL+HSets or removes a shortcut at the current line.
Edit.ToggleWordWrapCTRL +R, CTRL+REnables or disables word wrap in an editor.
Edit.UncommentSelectionCTRL+K, CTRL+URemoves the comment syntax from the current line of code.
Edit.ViewWhiteSpaceCTRL+R, CTRL+WShows or hides spaces and tab marks.
Edit.WordDeleteToEndCTRL+DELETEDeletes the word to the right of the insertion point.
Edit.WordDeleteToStartCTRL+BACKSPACEDeletes the word to the left of the insertion point.
Edit.WordTransposeCTRL+SHIFT+TTransposes the words on either side of the insertion point. For example, |End Sub would be changed to read Sub End|.

Window management shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used to move, close, or navigate within tool and document windows.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
View.FullScreenSHIFT+ALT+ENTERToggles Full Screen mode on and off.
View.NavigateBackwardCTRL+-Goes back to the previous document or window in the navigation history.
View.NavigateForwardCTRL+SHIFT+-Moves forward to the document or window next in the navigation history.
Window.ActivateDocumentWindowESCCloses a menu or dialog box, cancels an operation in progress, or places focus in the current document window.
Window.CloseDocumentWindowCTRL+F4Closes the current MDI child window.
Window.CloseToolWindowSHIFT+ESCCloses the current tool window.
Window.MoveToDropDownBarCTRL+F2Moves the cursor to the drop-down bar while the editor is in Code view.
Window.NextDocumentWindowCTRL+F6
CTRL+TAB
Cycles through the MDI child windows one window at a time.
Window.NextPaneALT+F6Moves to the next tool window.
Window.NextSplitPaneF6Moves to the next pane of a split pane view of a single document.
Window.NextTabCTRL+PAGE DOWNMoves to the next tab in the document or window.
Window.PreviousDocumentWindowCTRL+SHIFT+F6
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Moves to the previous document in the Editor or Designer.
Window.PreviousPaneSHIFT+ALT+F6Moves to the previously selected window.
Window.PreviousSplitPaneSHIFT+F6Moves to the previous pane of a document in split pane view.
Window.PreviousTabCTRL+PAGE UPMoves to the previous tab in the document or window.

Integrated Help shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used to view and move among topics in Help.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Help.ContentsCTRL+ALT+F1Displays the Contents window for the documentation contained in MSDN.
Help.DynamicHelpCTRL+F1Displays the Dynamic Help window, which displays different topics depending on what items currently have focus in the product.
Help.F1HelpF1Displays a topic from Help that corresponds to the current user interface selected.
Help.IndexCTRL+ALT+F2Displays the Index window for the documentation contained in MSDN.
Help.IndexresultsSHIFT+ALT+F2Displays the Index Results window, which lists the topics that contain the keyword selected in the Index window.
Help.NextTopicALT+DOWN ARROWDisplays the next topic in the table of contents. Available only in the Help (Web) browser window.
Help.PreviousTopicALT+UP ARROWDisplays the previous topic in the table of contents. Available only in the Help (Web) browser window.
Help.SearchCTRL+ALT+F3Displays the Search window, which allows you to search for words or phrases in the documentation contained in MSDN.
Help.SearchresultsSHIFT+ALT+F3Displays the Search Results window, which displays a list of topics that contain the string searched for from the Search window.
Help.WindowHelpSHIFT+F1Displays a topic from help that corresponds to the current user interface selected.

Object Browser shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used while in the Object Browser window.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Edit.FindSymbolALT+F12Displays the Find Symbol dialog box.
Edit.GoToDeclarationCTRL+F12Displays the definition of the selected symbol in the code.
Edit.GoToDefinitionF12Displays the declaration for the selected symbol in code.
View.FindSymbolResultsCTRL+ALT+F12Displays the Find Symbol Results window.
View.ObjectBrowserCTRL+ALT+JDisplays the Object Browser to view the classes, properties, methods, events, and constants available for packages, and the object libraries and procedures in your project.
View.ObjectBrowserBackALT+-Moves back to the previously selected object in the selection history of the Object Browser.
View.ObjectBrowserForwardSHIFT+ALT+-Moves forward to the next object in the selection history of the Object Browser.

Macro shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used when working with macros.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
View.MacroExplorerALT+F8Displays the Macro Explorer window, which lists all available macros in the current solution.
Tools.MacrosIDEALT+F11Launches the Macros IDE, Visual Studio Macros.
Tools.RecordTemporaryMacroCTRL+SHIFT+RPlaces the environment in Macro record mode.
Tools.RunTemporaryMacroCTRL+SHIFT+PPlays back a recorded macro.

Tool window shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations allow you to display specific tool windows.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Tools.CommandWindowMarkModeCTRL+SHIFT+MPlaces the Command window in a mode allowing for the selection of text within the window.
View.ClassViewCTRL+SHIFT+CDisplays the Class View window.
View.CommandWindowCTRL+ALT+ADisplays the Command window, which allows you to type commands that manipulate the IDE.
View.DocumentOutlineCTRL+ALT+TDisplays the Document Outline window to view the flat or hierarchical outline of the current document.
View.FavoritesCTRL+ALT+FDisplays the Favorites window, which lists shortcuts to Web pages.
View.OutputCTRL+ALT+ODisplays the Output window to view status messages at run time.
View.PropertiesWindowF4Displays the Properties window, which lists the design-time properties and events for the currently selected item.
View.PropertyPagesSHIFT+F4Displays the property pages for the item currently selected.
View.ResourceViewCTRL+SHIFT+EDisplays the Resource View window.
View.ServerExplorerCTRL+ALT+SDisplays 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.
View.ShowWebBrowserCTRL+ALT+RDisplays the Web browser window, which allows you to view pages on the Internet.
View.SolutionExplorerCTRL+ALT+LDisplays Solution Explorer, which lists the projects and files in the current solution.
View.TaskListCTRL+ALT+KDisplays the Task List window where you customize, categorize, and manage tasks, comments, shortcuts, warnings and error messages.
View.ToolboxCTRL+ALT+XDisplays the Toolbox, which contains controls and other items that can be included or used with your code.

Project shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used to add new items to a project, build a project, or open files or projects.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Build.BuildSolutionCTRL+SHIFT+BBuilds the solution.
Build.CompileCTRL+F7Creates an object file containing machine code, linker directives, sections, external references, and function/data names for the selected file.
File.AddExistingItemSHIFT+ALT+ADisplays the Add Existing Item dialog box, which allows you to add an existing file to the current project.
File.AddNewItemCTRL+SHIFT+ADisplays the Add New Item dialog box, which allows you to add a new file to the current project.
File.NewFileCTRL+NDisplays the New File dialog box where you can select a new file to add to the current project.
File.NewProjectCTRL+SHIFT+NDisplays the New Project dialog box where you can create projects and add them to the current solution.
File.OpenFileCTRL+ODisplays the Open File dialog box where you can select an existing file to open.
File.OpenProjectCTRL+SHIFT+ODisplays the Open Project dialog box where you can add existing projects to your solution.
Project.OverrideCTRL+ALT+INSERTAllows you to override base class methods in a derived class. Available for C#.

Miscellaneous editor shortcut keys

The following shortcut key combinations can be used in either the Accelerator editor or String editor.
Command NameShortcut KeysDescription
Edit.NewAcceleratorINSERTAdds a new entry for an accelerator key. Available only in the Accelerator editor.
Edit.NewStringINSERTAdds a new entry in the string table. Available only in the String editor.