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Silverlight 4 For Dummies

From Microsoft Silverlight 4 For Dummies by Phillip Beadle, Mahesh Krishnan

Silverlight 4 is part of a new family of Rich Internet Applications (RIA) that provides graphics, animation, audio, and video — all the features necessary to provide users with the dynamic experience they expect from the most successful Web sites. Two other Microsoft applications, Expression Blend and Visual Studio, are the most common applications used to create Silverlight applications.

Common Expression Blend Keyboard Shortcuts

A great way to increase your creativity and productivity in Expression Blend is to learn the keyboard shortcuts for the most common commands. The following table lists the shortcuts that you’ll use often while designing your Silverlight applications.

Keyboard Shortcut Action
F1 Show Expression Blend User guide
Ctrl++ Zoom in
Ctrl+- Zoom out
Ctrl+0 Fit entire page into the Artboard
Ctrl+1 Zoom to actual size
Ctrl+9 Fit selected control in the Artboard
F4 or TAB Show/Hide all panels
Ctrl+TAB Toggle between open documents with-in the Artboard
F6 Switch Workspace
Ctrl+Shift+F6 Reset current Workspace
Ctrl+Shift+B Build project
F5 Run project
F11 Toggle Artboard between Design, XAML and Split views
Ctrl+. Open Assets Panel
Alt+Drag Creates a copy of the selected control
Space+Drag Pans the Artboard
Ctrl+C Copy selection
Ctrl+V Paste
Ctrl+X Cut selection
Ctrl+Shift+1 Make width of selected controls the same
Ctrl+Shift+2 Make height of selected controls the same
Ctrl+Shift+9 Make size of selected controls the same
Ctrl+S Save current open file
Ctrl+Shift+S Save all open files
Ctrl+Q Quit Expression Blend

Common Visual Studio Keyboard Shortcuts

You can access many of the features you use in Visual Studio to create a Silverlight application through keyboard shortcuts. Here are the common shortcuts to help you accomplish tasks quickly in Visual Studio.

Keyboard Shortcut Action
Ctrl+Alt+F1 Open Visual Studio Documentation
Ctrl+Shift+B Build your application
Ctrl+F5 Run your project
Ctrl+Alt+X Open the toolbox if it’s closed
F5 Debug the application
Ctrl+. Display the Smart tag menu, from which you can add references, implement interfaces, and so on
Ctrl+Shift+F Find in files
Ctrl+I Interactive search; allows you to start typing the search text interactively after you press Ctrl+I
Ctrl+Spacebar Activates IntelliSense
F4 Show Properties window
F10 Step over code while debugging
F11 Step into code while debugging
F7/Shift+F7 Switch between XAML and code-behind file
Ctrl+Tab Switch among open documents
Ctrl+K, C/Ctrl+E, C Comment code
Ctrl+K, U/Ctrl+E, U Uncomment code
Ctrl+C Copy selection into clipboard
Ctrl+V Paste selection from clipboard
Ctrl+X Cut selection
Ctrl+Shift+V Cycle through previous clipboard selections
Ctrl+S Save current open file
Ctrl+Shift+S Save all open files
Ctrl+G Goto line number
Alt+Shift+ENTER Show Visual Studio in Full Screen mode
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