Hopefully, if you read the last kata and have been trying it out, you may have found yourself needing to use your mouse less for common activities such as opening files and reviewing build status. This kata builds upon those previous techniques, adding seven more handy shortcuts and a pattern to practice them.
Granted, the last Kata was a bit of white belt pattern: obvious and almost comical, but essential. In Tae Kwon Do, the yellow belt patterns introduce forward and backward motion, so it seems logical that the next kata introduces rapidly navigating forward and backward through code.
Today’s Shortcut Lesson
Our mnemonic for this set of shortcuts is centered around two keys in the upper-right area of the keyboard: F12 and Minus (-). The basic combinations for these keys can be modified by using the SHIFT key.
Also note, I’ve introduced another Tool window (CTRL + Window). The Find Symbols Results is also displayed when you do a Quick Symbol search, which may help explain the “Q”.
|F12||Go to Definition|
|SHIFT + F12||Find all References|
|CTRL + MINUS||Navigate Backward|
|SHIFT + CTRL + MINUS||Navigate Forward|
|CTRL + W, Q||Find Symbols Results Window|
|CTRL + LEFT ARROW||Move to previous word|
|CTRL + RIGHT ARROW||Move to next word|
And as an extra Keeno bonus, an 8th shortcut:
|CTRL + ALT + DOWN ARROW||Show MDI File List|
Practice this kata any time you need to identify how a class is used.
- Open the Solution Explorer. (CTRL+W, S)
- Navigate to a file. (Arrow Keys / Enter)
- Select a property or variable (Arrow keys)
- Navigate to the Definition for this item (F12)
- Find all References of this Type (CTRL+LEFT to move the cursor from the definition to the type, then SHIFT+F12 for references)
- Open one of the references (Arrow Keys / Enter)
- Open the next reference (CTRL+W,Q / Arrow Keys / Enter)
- Open the nth reference (CTRL+W,Q / Arrow Keys / Enter)
- Navigate to the original starting point (CTRL + MINUS)
- Navigate to the 2nd reference (SHIFT + CTRL + MINUS)
- Navigate to any window (CTRL + ALT + DOWN / Arrow Keys / Enter)