Five great shortcuts for Visual Studio

2016-01-171 Min Read — In code

I don't know about you, but when I'm coding, I like to keep my hands on the keyboard. I find that reaching for the mouse is disrupting and breaks the flow.

So I like my shortcuts. I don't know all of them, but I know plenty and I'm always eager to memorize new ones.

For most of the time, I'm on Visual Studio, and there's a great site if you want to find out some useful shortcuts.

Of course, if you have something like Resharper your shortcuts can be further improved.

But here are five great ones that I'd like to share:

Surround with: Ctrl+K,Ctrl+S

If you want to surround your code with, an if, a region, or any kind of loop this is a great one. Select the line(s) of code, type Ctrl+K, Ctrl+S and choose what you want to surround your code with.

Surround with

Next/Previews Highlighted Reference: Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow/Ctrl+Shift+Up Arrow

You know when you position the cursor on a variable name or function name and Visual Studio highlights them? You can easily navigate through those references with this shortcuts.

Navigate reference

Peek Definition: Alt+F12

Just want to check rapidly what a method or class do? Use the peek definition. To get back to your code just press Esc.

Peek definition

Quick Info: Ctrl+K, Ctrl+I

Another way to see the information on a method or class is to use the Quick info shortcut.

Quick info

Line Delete: Ctrl+Shift+L

Want to delete a line? Just position the cursor on the desired line and hit Ctrl+Shift+L. No need to select the line.

Delete line

Visual Studio has lots of shortcuts by default, and the best resource I found to learn them is the Visual Studio keyboard shortcuts site.

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