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July 1, 2010

Visual Studio: Accessing any Window from the Keyboard

Filed under: C#,VB.NET,Visual Studio @ 12:24 am

If you like to keep your hands on the keyboard, here is a tip for accessing any Visual Studio window.

Ctrl + Tab

When you are in Visual Studio, just press Ctrl + Tab. You will get a popup window that looks something like this:


Keep holding down the Ctrl key and use the arrow key to move around to the desired window. Release the Ctrl key and the selected window gets focus.



  1.   Greg Shelton — July 1, 2010 @ 8:47 am    Reply

    Yep and here is a tip on enabling thumbnail previews when using Ctrl + Tab

  2.   DeborahK — July 1, 2010 @ 9:21 am    Reply

    Hi Greg –

    Very cool! Thanks for the tip.

  3.   Jonathan — July 12, 2010 @ 7:21 pm    Reply

    Hello there. Always cool and nice stuff from you. I was wondering if you can show us how to use new Chart Control in VS 2010. I was experimenting with it and found very useful stuff here . But when i try to use dataTable as my chart1.datasource it just doesn’t work so please can you help me.

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