Friday, October 19, 2007

Smart Tag shortcut key

Ever notice that little red bar show up sometimes in while coding in Visual Studio 2005?  It shows up after making certain changes to code, such as renaming methods, fields, or types that need to be imported:

That little red bar (did you miss it?  Look closer!) brings up a helpful context menu that has some nice refactorings/editing commands.  Unfortunately, to get the menu to show up with your mouse, you have to bring the mouse down from above onto that little bar that's about 10 pixels wide.

That's extremely annoying, and I've often missed many times trying to hit that little bar.  Couple that with the fact I don't like to use the mouse while coding, and it's even more annoying.

Luckily, VS 2005 has a nice shortcut combination to bring that menu up: Ctrl+.  After that combo, the menu shows up:

Now you can just hit "Enter" and it performs the highlighted command.  For ReSharper users, "Ctrl+." is to Visual Studio as "Alt+Enter" is to ReSharper.  I'm probably the last person to know this shortcut, but it's nice for the few times I prefer Microsoft's helper menu over ReSharper's.

2 comments:

David said...

Thanks for this! Been wondering about this shortcut for ages :)

Morgan said...

Aahhh, CTRL+, thanks!