Find symbols VC6-style using CTRL+D

Many developers complain about the fact that the traditional search box that pops up when using CTRL+F stays open after finding the first instance of the symbol in question. This forces the user to perform an extra keystroke (namely Escape) and just does not fit in the expected experience of many. Thankfully there is an alternative that provides an experience closer to VC6: the quick find combo box. Pressing CTRL+D jumps the cursor to the quick find box (top-right) where a user can enter any string, press enter and voila: the string is highlighted and the cursor is exactly where you would expect.

The quick find box is actually very powerful and I am sure I will bring it up again.

Comments (1)

  1. HidekiAI says:

    I prefer to use Ctrl-I (Incremental Search?), the day I’ve discovered it (on VC6), I’ve never stopped using it (now on VC7)… I sometimes have to switch to Eclipse and it defines it as Ctrl-J as default (which I often habitually hit Ctrl-I).

    And as I’ve read your blog, from what I understand, Ctrl-J for VCEE is for scope list (wasn’t it Ctrl-Space?)

    One of these days, I’m going to re-map Eclipse to be exactly like MSVC…

    Thanks for spoiling us! I am loving VC Express Edition!