Use The Shift Key To Work Better In Visual Studio

Visual Studio saw a major update this week, but the developer tool has long boasted a rich set of keyboard shortcuts — so many that there are always new ones to learn. Two very handy options you may not have encountered revolve around the Shift key.

Veteran developers Scott Cate and Dustin Campbell highlighted multiple shortcuts during a presentation at TechEd, but these were the ones that most of the audience didn't seem aware of:

  • Use Shift-Esc to close the active tool window.
  • Use Shift-Alt to shift the focus onto the navigation toolbar (the browser-like one with forward and back buttons).
  • One cool non-Shift option: use Control-Alt-Down to highlight the drop-down arrow to move through current open files.

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