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October 23, 2011

Opening Visual Studio From the Task Bar

Filed under: C#,VB.NET,Visual Studio @ 5:32 pm

If you use Visual Studio often, you probably pinned it to the task bar so you can quickly access it. Here is a tip for opening Visual Studio from the task bar using the keyboard.

First, count the position of Visual Studio in the task bar. Mine is in position #10.


Hold down the Windows Key + Alt + # of the item. On my system, this is Windows Key + Alt + 10. Then use the arrow keys to select the desired project.


Use this technique any time you want to launch Visual Studio from the Task Bar using the keyboard.



  1.   Richard — November 9, 2011 @ 1:09 pm    Reply

    That should be Win+Alt+0; you can’t use the shortcut with two-digit numbers.

  2.   Peter — May 19, 2012 @ 11:47 am    Reply

    This does not work with Vista

  3.   Demon Yang — September 13, 2012 @ 1:25 am    Reply

    It is a useful tip~

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