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Tip 4.30: How to resize a tool window from the keyboard

November 30, 2014

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

  1. Press Alt once.
  2. Press the Spacebar once. You will get the standard window system menu with Move and Size.
  3. Select Size.
  4. Press the arrow keys toward the window edge you want to resize, and resize from there.
  5. Press Enter to commit to the resizing, or press Esc to cancel the resize changes.


Using the Move command from this menu prevents the docking targets from appearing. This is the same as pressing Ctrl and dragging an item using the mouse. If you want to use docking targets via the keyboard, see Tip 4.29.

If you press Alt+Spacebar, you get the main Visual Studio window system menu; this is why you must release the Alt key before you press the Spacebar.

Happy Programming! =)

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