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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tip 4.32: You can use Shift+Esc to close a tool window

"Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio", courtesy of 'Sara Ford'

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As she has said time and time again on her blog, it's really the simple things in life.... she keeps forgetting about this tip, until she sees this keyboard shortcut and has to look up what it does.

Use Shift+Esc to close the currently selected tool window. If the focus is not on a tool window but in an editor, and you press Shift+Esc, Visual Studio will just look at you.



Happy Programming! =)
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Tip 4.31: How to access a toolbar within a tool window

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You may have noticed that within tool windows such as the Solution Explorer, you cannot reach the toolbar by hitting Tab or using the arrow keys. The keyboard shortcut to reach a tool window's toolbar is Shift+Alt. Note that Alt+Shift will not work.



Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 12:44 PM with 0 comments.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tip 4.30: How to resize a tool window from the keyboard

"Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio", courtesy of 'Sara Ford'

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  1. Press Alt once.
  2. Press the Spacebar once. You will get the standard window system menu with Move and Size.



  3. Select Size.
  4. Press the arrow keys toward the window edge you want to resize, and resize from there.
  5. Press Enter to commit to the resizing, or press Esc to cancel the resize changes.

Note

Using the Move command from this menu prevents the docking targets from appearing. This is the same as pressing Ctrl and dragging an item using the mouse. If you want to use docking targets via the keyboard, see Tip 4.29.


If you press Alt+Spacebar, you get the main Visual Studio window system menu; this is why you must release the Alt key before you press the Spacebar.

Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 1:24 PM with 2 comments.