Visual Studio for Mac for Windows users
Applies to: Visual Studio for Mac Visual Studio
Migrating from one operating system to another can be daunting. There are often subtle differences in cross-platform applications, from the user interface to the categorization of menu items. Here you'll learn the most common differences between Visual Studio for Mac and Visual Studio for Windows. You'll also learn a few different conventions between macOS and Windows.
As developers, many of you will be accustomed to using the keyboard for your tasks and navigation. Some keys on the keyboard are common between Macs and Windows PCs. You might think that keyboard actions such as copy and paste use the same key combinations. This is not always the case. Fortunately, you can change your key bindings in Visual Studio for Mac to closely match those of Visual Studio in Windows.
The first time you run Visual Studio for Mac you'll see the keyboard shortcuts selection window:
If you want to change the key bindings later, you can find the setting in the preferences:
It's important to note that macOS uses different system-wide shortcuts than Windows. Changing the key binding preferences will allow you to use familiar Windows shortcuts in Visual Studio for Mac. However, in other areas of macOS you'll need to be familiar with macOS shortcuts.
The macOS Command (⌘) modifier key can commonly replace the Control key in Windows. Here are some examples, and other commonly used shortcuts:
Ctrl + C
⌘ + C
Ctrl + V
⌘ + V
Ctrl + X
⌘ + X
Ctrl + Z
⌘ + Z
Ctrl + Shift + Z
⌘ + Shift + Z
|Delete right of cursor
fn + Backspace
Ctrl + Delete
fn + ⌥ + Backspace
You can find a comprehensive list of macOS shortcuts on the Apple Support website.
Menus in macOS are organized differently than menus in Windows. Visual Studio for Mac is no exception. You can find some of the most common menu options here:
|Visual Studio (Windows)
|Visual Studio for Mac
|Tools > Options...
|Visual Studio > Preferences...
|Extensions > Manage Extensions
|Visual Studio > Extensions...
|Window > Apply Window Layout > [Select layout]
|View > Layout > [Select layout]
|Help > Check for Updates
|Visual Studio > Check for Updates...
|NuGet Package Manager
|Tools > NuGet Package Manager > Manage NuGet Packages or Solution...
|Project > Manage NuGet Packages...
|Edit > Find and Replace > [Select tool]
|Search > [Select tool]
|About Visual Studio
|Help > About Microsoft Visual Studio
|Visual Studio > About Visual Studio
You can find an overview of most common features in Visual Studio for Mac in the IDE Tour