Keyboard Shortcuts For Programmers

Last Updated on 21 October 2020

One of the greatest way to improve your productivity is using the keyboard shortcuts when programming. Learn to use keyboard shortcuts will bring your productivity into another. It helps you to do things quicker and more efficiently without leaving your keyboard.

To become a programming ninja, here is the list of keyboard shortcuts that are highly recommended for programmers.

Generic Windows Shortcuts

Ctrl + C – Copy

Ctrl + X – Cut

Ctrl + V – Paste

Ctrl + S – Save

Ctrl + Z – Undo

Ctrl + Y – Redo

Ctrl + F – Find in window/app

Windows + D – Minimize all windows, go to desktop.

Windows + Up/Down Arrow – Minimize/Maximize current window/app

Windows + Left/Right Arrow – Move current window/app to left/right side of/next screen.

Alt + Tab – Switched to the next Window Tab

Shift + Alt + Tab – Reverse Window Tab Move

WINDOWS KEY + R – Run and type command to open notepad, command prompted, etc.

ALT + F4 – Close the current application or shut down computer

Cursor Keyboard Shortcut

Arrow Key (UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT) – Move character by character.

SHIFT + Arrow Key (UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT) – Arrow select specific text by moving character by character OR line by line.

HOME Key – Reach to Beginning of the line

END Key – Reach to End of the line

SHIFT + HOME – Select entire line before the cursor

SHIFT + END – Select entire line after the cursor

CTRL + BACKSPACE – Remove Whole Word

Chrome Browser Shortcuts

CTRL + W – To close the current tab in browser

CTRL + N – Open new browser window whether its Chrome or IE.

CTRL + SHIFT + N – Open new Incognito browser window Chrome.

ALT + TAB – Switch to different tabs

CTRL + TAB – Switch between different tabs forward in browser

CTRL + SHIFT + TAB – Switch between different tabs backward in browser

CTRL + T – Open new tab in Browser

Ctrl + Shift + T – Restore the last closed tab

Ctrl + 1/2/3 (Number) – Switch To the first/second/third Tab (Number)

CTRL+D – Bookmark Current Page

VS Code Keyboard Shortcuts

Alt + Left Arrow – Go back – Last Cursor Position. This could be in a a different file.

Alt + Right Arrow – Go forward – Last Cursor Position the other way! Did you go too far? Don’t worry, undo your undo!

Ctrl + Shift + F – Find in all Files

Ctrl + K + C – Comment

Ctrl + K + U – Uncomment

Ctrl + / – Comment Toggle

Vs Code Comment Toggle

Ctrl + Shift + R – Refactor

F12 – Goto Definition (Save time searching the code base)

Alt + Shift + Up Arrow – Duplicate line above

Alt + Shift + Down Arrow – Duplicate line below

F2 – Rename the variable name. (This won’t replace strings or comments)

Ctrl + D – Multi Cursor, Select next occurrence

Ctrl + Shift + L – Multi Cursor, Select All in File

Vs Code Multi Cursor

Ctrl + P – Quick Find – Files, Etc