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Tip 7.32: You can bind the show Errors, Warnings, and Messages buttons to keyboard shortcuts

March 4, 2013

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

Sara Aside

In the “Tip of the Day” series on her blog, this tip was entry number 200. Considering how she blogged a new tip about Visual Studio every day, it is amazing to think what a difference a day makes. At the time of this writing, she’s approaching number 300!

She’s excited about this tip. Not because it is tip number 200—this was purely coincidental—but because she accidentally found it while browsing the commands in the Tools–Options–Environment–Keyboard page that contained the word Error.

Go to Tools–Options–Environment–Keyboard, and search for Errors. You’ll notice that this odd Errors command will stare back at you.

She says this “odd” command because usually Visual Studio commands have the canonical name format of <word>.<word>. This obviously caught her eye, so she contacted the developer for confirmation.

These commands toggle the Errors, Warnings, and Messages shown on the Error List, so you can bind them to keyboard shortcuts.

For example, you could bind the following commands to the keyboard shortcuts shown:

  • Errors: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E
  • Warnings: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+W
  • Messages: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+M

Now, instead of clicking the buttons, you can just use the keyboard shortcut. Pretty cool.

Happy Programming! =)

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