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Visual Studio Tips

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At work, I spend a huge amount of my time working with Microsoft Technologies. As such, I also use Visual Studio. Here are some of the tipps and tricks to efficiently work with it.

Keystrokes

Here are my preferred keystrokes. Note, keystrokes separated by a comma mean you have to use them in sequence in order to activate the command.
They refer to VS2012 but some may also work in previous versions.

Standard

Shortcut Description
Ctrl+K, Ctrl+D Autoformat the document, whether it is an HTML page, CS or JavaScript file
Ctrl+K,C Comment the selected part
Ctrl+K,U Un-comment the selected part
Ctrl+Q Place the cursor in the Quick-Launch box for then executing some menu command
Ctrl+, Open the "Navigate to" dialog...probably the most powerful command for mouse-less navigation
Ctrl+- Navigate backwards in the cursor position history
Ctrl+Shift+- Navigate forwards in the cursor position history
Ctrl+M,Ctrl+O Collapse to definitions

Custom mapped

Shortcut Description
Ctrl+W This is the default combination for closing windows on nearly all win apps I know, but strangely not on Visual Studio. Therefore, the first thing I do is to remap it to `File.Close`.
Ctrl+R, Ctrl+S Rebuild solution

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