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Tip 6.16: How to have fun with the Find combo box

May 18, 2012

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

Sara Aside

She learned from her test cases that you can run commands via the Find combo box. But, when she found Shawn Farkas’s blog (, it took what she knew about the Find combo box to a whole new level.

Following are some examples of commands you can run from the Find combo box, but the idea is that many Visual Studio commands take parameters that you can enter into the Find combo box. Hit the keyboard shortcut to a Visual Studio command, and the command will pull its parameters from the Find combo box.

Press Ctrl+D to go to the Find combo box. Now here are a few ways you can have some fun:

  • Go to a line Type the line number, and press Ctrl+G. She likes showing this off as how you can do a “go to line” without popping up the Go To dialog box.
  • Go to a file Type the name of the file (either in your project or on the INCLUDE path), and press Ctrl+Shift+G.
  • Get help Type the keyword, and press F1.

You can also use command aliases, as shown here:

You can read Shawn’s full blog post at

Happy Programming! =)

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