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The Unbelievably Powerful Multi Select. Increase Productivity Now.

The Unbelievably Powerful Multi Select – Being more productive in Visual Studio, ultimately leads to developers getting more done during the day. This is because developers spend most of their working day using Visual Studio. It therefore makes sense to know the hidden productivity tricks that Visual Studio has to offer. Let’s have a look at the unbelievably powerful multi select feature.

The Unbelievably Powerful Multi Select

Visual Studio 2017 allows developers a variety of keyboard shortcuts that cut down on tedious and mind numbing text editing.

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Writing code is something that developers do for a living. The faster you can do it, the more productive you are. There are two keyboard shortcuts I use daily. These are Shift+Alt and Ctrl+Alt+Click.

The Unbelievably Powerful Multi Select

These two keyboard commands increase developer productivity drastically.

Easily Enter Repetitive Text

As you can see from the image above, holding down Shift+Alt allows you to select multiple strings of text at once. If you use Ctrl+Alt+Click you can put your cursor at multiple different positions in your code and type. I usually use this when pasting some text such as XML, and want to create code from that XML. Think of properties or fields. Visual Studio 2017 allows developers to quickly get to the end result without having to repeat the same action over and over again.

Some Other Productivity Tools

Microsoft Flow is a tool I encourage all developers to play around with. In a previous article I automated some of my emails and also automated Trello using DevOps and Wunderlist. As a developer, you can up your productivity by seeking out the right tools for the job and thing about your workflow. You will then be able to identify areas that you can automate.

Dirk Strauss
Dirk is a Software Developer from South Africa. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Jimi Hendrix. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys authoring books and articles. "I love sharing knowledge and connecting with people from around the world. It's the diversity that makes life so beautiful." Dirk feels very strongly that pizza is simply not complete without Tabasco, that you can never have too much garlic, and that cooking the perfect steak is an art he has almost mastered.

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