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Visual Studio 2010 Tips and Tricks

This post discusses about tips and tricks in Visual Studio 2010 which helps developers to write the code faster and make their life easier in day to day work much better. Especially you need these tips when you are concurrently working on two many projects.

Let us group these tips and tricks

1. IntelliSense

  • Filtering

IntelliSense options are filtered in Visual Studio 2010 let us take an example when you are typing the list will filter with the words you type


this feature is not available in earlier versions. It is not only matching the prefixes but also matches the substrings as shown below


You can notice when you type Line then you will get ReadLine and WriteLine.

  • Suggestion Mode

Example: some times when you try to type a member which is not at declared then IDE shows something as below


notice when type Wait which is not yet declared in project but Visual Studio shows something else suggesting which I am not interested. To turn off the suggestion mode just type (CTRL + ALT + SPACE) then it would not display the above suggestion option

  • Undeclared Types after new key word

You can create an object for a type which is not yet existed in your project as shown below. Later you can create that type


notice when you type Wait  and new key word then Wait type will appear in the list.

Many of you may end up running multiple Visual Studio instances, following are tips to navigate using key board which increase the speed of your navigation. some of them are related windows 7 but when you merge with Visual Studio it works really well


Notice I have three applications opened on task bar. If you want to bring Visual Studio up Windows + 2, Now hit Windows + 3 notepad will open

Now If I do Windows + ALT + 3 then I will get the jump list as shown below


using the jump list you can create new instances of notepads. you all know ALT + TAB allows you to navigate between the open instances…..

To get the new instance of application after pinning  use Windows + Shift + N

There much faster way you can navigate between open windows by using

Windows + T


2. Code Editor Tricks

To zoom your code editor or make your font code bigger user CTRL + SHIFT + >

and for smaller size CTRL + SHIFT + <

Box Selection – You can select the set of words in box and type your change automatically all words will change.

let us see an example


select the fields which you want to change and type all the values in selection will change with this feature in VS 2010.

Highlight References – Ctrl + Shift + Up/Down more about this can be read here

Call Hierarchy

If you want find the reference of type in your code then Key board short cut is



You can side by side view the code of reference type using the above feature


Find All References

Shift + F12


Collapsing the regions


Go to Definition F12

Go to Definition stack Ctrl + Shift + 7/8

To launch the Navigate to window  CTRL + ,


Activate the open file, When you have got so many files opened VS editor then use Ctrl + Alt + Down


Format Document now available for CSS file (CTRL + K, D)

You can use VS 2010 to open the online templates project new dialogue box


Smart Tags – CTRL + . and press to enter to add this name space in using statement


Reference: Teched 2011 presentation

More tips I can share in next post

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