Lately I’ve been speaking at local user groups about many of the exciting new features in Visual Studio 2012. Since there is so much to know and learn about VS 2012, I decided to create a collection of blog posts with many of the tips. This collection of posts will include features that are new to VS 2012 as well as some existing features as well. To view all of the VS 2012 tips posted so far, click here.

Quick Launch

Like many of the great new features in Visual Studio 2012, Quick Launch is easy to demonstrate. The latest version of Visual Studio has a lot of enhancements for searching from the Solution Explorer, the editor and other places. I like to think of Quick Launch as “Search for the menu system”. If you are wondering why you would need to search the VS menu, I’ll give you an example… You are debugging and you want to know what breakpoints are currently set. How do you open the breakpoint window? You know there is a menu option for it. Is it under View? Or under Windows? Acutally, it is off the Debug menu. But with Quick Launch, you don’t need to remember!

The Quick Launch tool is located at the top on the right side of Visual Studio. image

As you can see from the image, simply hit Ctrl + Q to put the cursor in the Quick Launch tool. Now type the name of what you are looking for. In this case, I’ll type “break” (I don’t necessarily need the whole word). Here are the results:



You can see that I got three results. The first is the one I wanted. But the others are helpful as well and are appropriate for the search terms.




Can’t remember how to open the immediate window? Type Ctrl + Q and “immediate”. Want to change the font size? Type Ctrl + Q and “font”. Play around with it get access to all kinds of features of Visual Studio. The most important part is to get used to using it. So instead of reaching for your mouse and clicking the menu, keep your hands on the keyboard and use Ctrl + Q.

I hope you find this tip helpful. To see more VS 2012 Tips, just click here.

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