Keyboard shortcuts in Visual studio for Mac

As I was working today, I noticed that I don’t know much keyboard shortcuts in Visual Studio for Mac. So I’ve decided to collect all of them, add some unknown and share them with you. At the end of this article, you can find a link to the pdf in which all of them are written.
One more thing to add before we begin. In Visual Studio for Mac preferences, under Key Bindings section, you can choose the Scheme of key bindings. You can select the scheme from this list.

This post will be about the first one: “Visual Studio”

Find references
Sometimes you just need to find the references of the specified object. In this case, simply press
Cmd + Shift + R or Shift + F12
and this will happen:

Go to declaration
Whenever you want to go to the object/type declaration press
Cmd + mouse click or F12 or Cmd+D

Toggle breakpoint
When having a cursor in a line just press
Cmd + or F9
so the breakpoint will appear.

Enable/Disable breakpoint
In case you want to disable/enable this breakpoint simply press
Cmd + Alt + / or Cmd + F9

Step into
When the breakpoint is hit and you want to step into the definition simply press.
Shift + Cmd + I

Step over
Maybe you want to go to the next line of code? No problem:
Shift + Cmd + O / F10

Step out
Do you want to step out of function? No problem:
Shift + Cmd + U

Continue debugging
Or maybe you just want to continue the program without further debugging?
Cmd + enter

So let’s imagine your code get’s wrongly formatted. As long as C# code is not that big problem, wrongly formatted XAML files can be pretty painful.

Format document
So whenever you want to format your code just press
Ctrl + I

Indent/Unindent section
You want to indent/unindent the section? Easy
Cmd + ]

Unindent section
Cmd + [

Rename
Whenever you want to rename the field/variable/property/whatever and do it once so it will auto-update elsewhere. Simply press:
Cmd + R

Toggle line comment
When you want to either format one line of code, or a whole block of code then simply select the code and press
Cmd + /

comment one line of code
comment multiline code

Toggle fold
This one is simply complicated but works fine. You can still edit this shortcut!
Cmd + Shift + Alt + left arrow

Change file
When quickly navigating between opened files simply press
Ctrl + tab
and navigate through the list with Tab button. If you want to cancel the selection press ESC

Close all files
How many times did you have a situation when too many files were opened? In this case, when you want to close them all simply press.
Cmd + Shift + W

Close file
On the other hand when you want to close only one file:
Cmd + W

Add files to project
That’s kind nice one, as opening the context menu, and choosing “Add files” is quite time-consuming. In case you want to add files to project, select the folder to which you want to add the file and
Alt + Cmd + A

Build project
Just a shortcut for building a project.
Cmd + K / Shift + F6

Build all
Similar to the one above but builds the whole solution
Cmd + B / F6

Clean
Clean the project
Cmd + Shift + K

Start debugging
Just for a quick start the project🙂
Cmd + Enter / F5

Quick fix
When having an error or warning simply click on it and press
Alt + Enter

Find
Just a standard find option in the document
Cmd + F

Find next
When having search bar opened
Cmd + G / F3

Show the intellisense
When you want to show the intellisense
Ctrl + Space

Go to line
That’s interesting on. Who knows to which line he want’s to go?! :O
Cmd + L

Replace in files
Another way of changing the names in files but in my opinion more dangerous then Ctrl + R
Cmd + Alt + F

Rectangle selection
That’s quite good tool, but is has limitations. Nice to use it with modifiers.
hold Alt+ select with mouse

Move line of code
Sometimes you just want to move the line of code 2 lines up/down. You can probably cut the whole line, go to the chosen place and paste. You can do it quicker.
hold Alt + navigate up/down with up/down arrow

Go to the beginning/end of the line
These are nice mac shortcuts for navigating through texts. Works on Mac, not only in VS for Mac.
Cmd + left arrow/right arrow

Go to the beginning/end of a document
Similar to the one above but navigates vertically.
Cmd + arrow down

Two editor column
That’s something for people who have big displays and like to have as much code as possible on their’s display.
Cmd+Alt+2

One editor column
And that’s for getting back to the standard view 🙂
Cmd+Alt+1

Zoom in/zoom out
In case you have a prelection/you want to show your code on the display you might want to adjust the font size by pressing
Cmd + “+” or ”-”

That’s almost all 🙂. I’ve created the .pdf file with all shortcuts in one place. You can download it from here. If I missed something or if you know other useful shortcuts please let me know in comments!

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Gurupriyan is a Software Engineer and a technology enthusiast, he’s been working on the field for the last 6 years. Currently focusing on mobile app development and IoT.

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