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Tip 6.12: You can rearrange the list of external tools and create mnemonics

October 7, 2013

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

Continuing with the newly added Notepad tool from the previous tip, you can use the External Tools dialog box to sort your list of external tools as they will appear on the Tools menu. To the right of the Menu Contents list, you’ll find the Move Up and Move Down buttons.


You can specify a mnemonic, also known as a keyboard accelerator, by putting an ampersand in front of the letter to be used as the accelerator in the Title field.


Now, on the Tools menu, you can simply press n to launch Notepad.


If there’s a mnemonic conflict, the focus cycles among the commands that share that mnemonic. Then you press Enter at the appropriate command to execute the command. It is ideal to have no conflicts.

Happy Programming! =)

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