Hi, I'm Jason Nguyen. I author this blog, develop software, and am a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Visual Studio Shortcuts

When you’re a fast, efficient typist, you spend less time between thinking that thought and expressing it in code.
— Jeff Atwood

When I started my career, I did not know about keyboard shortcuts. I thought the only way to copy/paste was to right-click or use the Edit menu. Imagine my astonishment when I saw a coworker copy/paste without leaving the keyboard? That is when I realized my inefficiency with my software tools.

Why blog about Visual Studio shortcuts?

I spend a lot of time in Visual Studio; I assume you do too. Despite the thousands of hours spent there, I do not know the hotkeys for many of the most common operations. By learning some of them, I hope to:

  • spend more time focusing on the problems being solved
  • increase efficiency in Visual Studio
  • be a better partner when pairing

From blogs/tweets and time spent with others, I realized others are like me. Thus, I want to share this knowledge and experience with you.

The learning process

I will post one Visual Studio keyboard shortcut around the beginning of each week. For the duration of that week, I will force myself to use it every time possible. Through an informal experiment on myself, I found this approach to be effective. I think it can work for you too. You can follow along on twitter, your favorite aggregator, and/or by subscribing to the newsletter. The newsletter option will email every time a post is added. The newsletter signup is in the menu.



Visual Studio Shortcut: Extend Selection