Jonas Stawski

Everything .NET and More

Visual Studio 2010 Shortcuts

Lately my right hand has been sored due to too much use of the mouse. For the past 18 years I’ve been a heavy mouse user and yesterday I decided that was enough. I set a personal goal to use the mouse the least possible. Not an easy task in today’s computerized world, but since I’m a developer and spend about 85% of my time in Visual Studio, it certainly is doable. I must say that after 1 day of doing so, my pain has not gone away completely, but it has gotten better. I haven’t seen a drastic change in efficiency, but I guess I will see that as I get used to the shortcuts and get past the learning curb. So, without further do, I present to you a list of the my most used shortcuts with Visual Studio (Chrome, and Windows).


CTRL + SHIFT + B Build solution
SHIFT + F6 Build current project
F5 Start/Continue debugging
CTRL + F5 Start without debugging
SHIFT + F5 Stop debugging
F10 Step over
F11 Step in
SHIFT + F11 Step out
ALT + A Attach to process. Created by me (ref)
F9 Toggle breakpoint


CTRL + TAB Move through opened tabs (and panes)
CTRL + SHIFT + TAB Move through opened tabs (and panes) in reverse
CTRL + , Navigate To (Extremely important for large solutions)
F12 Go to definition
CTRL + F4 Close current tab
CTRL + F Find
CTRL + H Find and replace
CTRL + SHIFT + F Find in files
CTRL + SHIFT + H Find and replace in files


CTRL + M + M Collapse/expand current section.
CTRL + M + O Collapse all
CTRL + M + L Expand all


ALT + TAB Change active program

Google Chrome

ALT + D Highlight address bar
CTRL + T New tab
CTRL + TAB Move through opened tabs
CTRL + F4 Close current tab

I will update this list as I learn new keyboards and find them useful on my quest to avoid usage of the mouse as much as possible.

EDIT: as Joe Healy, aka DevFish, points out, Russ' ToolShed Network, Inc has a Windows Phone 7 app for Visual Studio shortcuts. Just search for Shortcuts VS in the MarketPlace

Happy programming (without the mouse, of course)!

Comments (5) -

John Dunagan
John Dunagan

Some of my favorites in Visual Studio (R# changes these, so YMMV):

Ctrl K + D: Formats the open document with indentations, alignment, etc.

Ctrl F: Find
Ctrl H: Replace
Ctrl Shift F: Find in Files
Ctrl Shift H: Replace in Files


John, you're right, I will add those as well. After posting this I went back to VS and found myself using those shortcuts all the time. I will update and add the ones I use the most.


Guillermo Bellmann
Guillermo Bellmann

One of my favourites:
Ctrl+K + Ctrl+C: Comment
Ctrl+K + Ctrl+U: Uncomment

If you use R#: Ctrl+T is a must (class search)

Also, you can use Ctrl+Alt+P to attach to a process ;)


doesnt russ fustino have a wp7 app for this?


Add comment