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Tip 5.27: You can create shortcuts in your Task List

April 8, 2012

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

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Sara Aside

This is yet another feature she didn’t know about until someone showed her.

You can store shortcuts in your Task List, and you can even use them as tasks to scratch off, if you want. And just like user tasks, shortcuts are saved in your solution .suo file, so they won’t get checked into the source control.

To create a Task List shortcut, go to the desired location in your editor (which can be any line of code or comment) and then go to Edit–Bookmarks–Add Task List Shortcut.

Now you’ll notice the shortcuts curved-arrow glyph appears in the indicator margin.

And now in the Task List, you’ll see a new category called Shortcuts.

As illustrated in the preceding screen shot, you can also rename these shortcuts by double-clicking the description (or tabbing to the description field, for keyboard users) and then typing a new name.

Sara Aside

You may be wondering what the difference is between bookmarks and Task List shortcuts. At a high level, you won’t see much difference. But, at the feature level, Task List shortcuts provide a few differences. Task List shortcuts display the entire line of code in the Task List window. Also, you can set a priority and check off these shortcuts as you complete them.

Happy Programming! =)

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