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Tip 5.5: How to create a command alias

November 16, 2009

To create an alias, open the Command Window and type alias ha Help.About

Now typing ha in the Command Window pops open the Help–About menu.

But let’s explore a more practical application. Consider creating the alias se for Solution Explorer, as shown here:

>alias se View.SolutionExplorer

The idea for this example is that while you are coding in the editor, you can press Ctrl+/ to jump to the Find window and type se.

Actually, you’ve probably already used one of the predefined aliases before. The command Debug.Print is alias to ?. To see the full list of aliases, type alias.

Finally, to reset your Command Window aliases back to defaults, type alias /reset.

Or you can simply use the /delete switch to delete a particular alias—for example, type alias se /delete to delete that se alias.

“Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio”, courtesy of “Sara Ford”

Sara Ford’s Weblog

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