“Hidden” Keyboard Shortcuts in Visual Studio 2005

I’m calling these keyboard shortcuts “hidden” because they are not bound to any commands, so you won’t be able to find these under Tools – Options – Keyboard.


Keyboard Shortcut To Reach the Command Bar Toolbars


To reach the standard toolbar that 99% of the time lives under the Main Menu, use the following keyboard shortcut combination:

Press Alt to put focus on the File Menu.

Press Ctrl-Tab to navigate among the different toolbars.  


Keyboard Shortcut To Reach Toolbars within a Tool Window (like Solution Explorer)


Press Shift-Alt. (not alt-shift).


Keyboard Shortcut To Drag a Floating Tool Window Around


Most tool windows are docked by default.  If you want to make a tool window floating, go to Window – Floating, which will enable floating.  Then press Alt-minus.  This will drop down a window “Move” menu.  Select move and press enter.  Now you can move the tool window around via the keyboard.

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