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Tip 1.18: How to reach the navigation bar via the keyboard

July 18, 2012

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

At the very top of the editor and just below the file tab channel, you’ll find the navigation bar. The left combo box lists objects, and the right one lists the selected object’s members. These combo boxes are very useful when you need to jump to various functions throughout a large solution or you want to see what functions an object has.

To jump to the navigation bar via the keyboard, press Ctrl+F2. This keyboard shortcut is bound to the Window.MoveToNavigationBar command. To toggle between the Objects list and the Members list, press Tab or Shift+Tab.

Additionally, you can hide (or show) the navigation bar by going to Tools–Options–Text Editor–All Languages–General and setting the Navigation Bar option to the desired setting. Note that since this option is found in the All Languages pane, you can customize it for any listed language under the Text Editor node.

Happy Programming! =)

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