Visual Studio Command Aliases


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Aliases provide a means for entering a command into the Find/Command box or Command window by shortening the text needed to execute the command. For example, instead of entering >File.OpenFile to display the Open File dialog box, you can use the pre-defined alias >of.

Type alias in the Command window to display a list of the current aliases and their definitions. Type >cls to clear the contents of the Command window. If you want to see an alias for a specific command, type alias <command name>.

You can easily create your own alias for one of the Visual Studio commands (with or without arguments). For example, the syntax for aliasing File.NewFile MyFile.txt is alias MyAlias File.NewFile MyFile.txt. You can delete one of your aliases with alias <alias name> /delete

The table below contains a list of the pre-defined Visual Studio command aliases. Some command names have more than one pre-defined alias. Click the links for the command names below to display detailed topics that explain the correct syntax, arguments, and switches for those commands.

Command Name Alias Complete Name
Print Command ? Debug.Print
Quick Watch Command ?? Debug.Quickwatch
Add New Project AddProj File.AddNewProject
Alias Command Alias Tools.Alias
Autos window Autos Debug.Autos
Breakpoints window bl Debug.Breakpoints
Toggle Breakpoint bp Debug.ToggleBreakPoint
Call Stack window CallStack Debug.CallStack
Clear Bookmarks ClearBook Edit.ClearBookmarks
Close Close File.Close
Close All Documents CloseAll Window.CloseAllDocuments
Clear All cls Edit.ClearAll
Command mode cmd View.CommandWindow
View Code code View.ViewCode
List Memory Command d Debug.ListMemory
List Memory Command as ANSI da Debug.ListMemory /Ansi
List Memory Command One Byte format db Debug.ListMemory /Format:OneByte
List Memory Command as ANSI with Four Byte format dc Debug.ListMemory /Format:FourBytes /Ansi
List Memory Command Four Byte format dd Debug.ListMemory /Format:FourBytes
Delete to BOL DelBOL Edit.DeleteToBOL
Delete to EOL DelEOL Edit.DeleteToEOL
Delete Horizontal Whitespace DelHSp Edit.DeleteHorizontalWhitespace
View Designer designer View.ViewDesigner
List Memory Command Float format df Debug.ListMemory/Format:Float
Disassembly window disasm Debug.Disassembly
List Memory Command Eight Byte format dq Debug.ListMemory /Format:EightBytes
List Memory Command as Unicode du Debug.ListMemory /Unicode
Evaluate Statement Command eval Debug.EvaluateStatement
Exit Exit File.Exit
Format Selection format Edit.FormatSelection
Full Screen FullScreen View.FullScreen
Start Command g Debug.Start
Go To Command GotoLn Edit.GoTo
Go to Brace GotoBrace Edit.GotoBrace
F1Help Help Help.F1Help
Immediate Mode immed Tools.ImmediateMode
Insert File as Text InsertFile Edit.InsertFileAsText
List Call Stack Command kb Debug.ListCallStack
Make Lower Case Lcase Edit.MakeLowercase
Cut Line LineCut Edit.LineCut
Delete Line LineDel Edit.LineDelete
List Members ListMembers Edit.ListMembers
Locals window Locals Debug.Locals
Log Command Window Output Command Log Tools.LogCommandWindowOutput
Command Window Mark Mode mark Tools.CommandWindowMarkMode
Memory window Memory Memory1 Debug.Memory1
Memory Window 2 Memory2 Debug.Memory2
Memory Window 3 Memory3 Debug.Memory3
Memory Window 4 Memory4 Debug.Memory4
Set Radix Command n Debug.SetRadix
ShowWebBrowser Command nav navigate View.ShowWebBrowser
Next Bookmark NextBook Edit.NextBookmark
New File Command nf File.NewFile
New Project np NewProj File.NewProject
Open File Command of Open File.OpenFile
Open Project Command op File.OpenProject
Collapse to Definitions/Stop Outlining OutlineDefs StopOutlining Edit.CollapsetoDefinitions
Step Over p Debug.StepOver
Parameter Information ParamInfo Edit.ParameterInfo
Step Out pr Debug.StepOut
Previous Bookmark PrevBook Edit.PreviousBookmark
Print File print File.Print
Properties Window props View.PropertiesWindow
Stop q Debug.StopDebugging
Redo redo Edit.Redo
Registers window registers Debug.Registers
Run to Cursor rtc Debug.RunToCursor
Save Selected Items save File.SaveSelectedItems
Save All SaveAll File.SaveAll
Save As SaveAs File.SaveSelectedItemsAs
Shell Command shell Tools.Shell
Stop Find In Files StopFind Edit.FindInFiles /stop
Swap Anchor SwapAnchor Edit.SwapAnchor
Step Into t Debug.StepInto
Tabify Selection tabify Edit.TabifySelection
Tasklist window TaskList View.TaskList
Threads window Threads Debug.Threads
Tile Horizontally TileH Window.TileHorizontally
Tile Vertically TileV Window.TileVertically
Toggle Bookmark ToggleBook Edit.ToggleBookmark
Toolbox window toolbox View.Toolbox
List Disassembly Command u Debug.ListDisassembly
Make Uppercase Ucase Edit.MakeUppercase
Undo undo Edit.Undo
Untabify Selection Untabify Edit.UntabifySelection
Watch window Watch Debug.WatchN
Toggle Word Wrap WordWrap Edit.ToggleWordWrap
List Processes | Debug.ListProcesses
List Threads Command ~ ~*k ~*kb Debug.ListThreads Debug.ListTheads /AllThreads

See Also

Visual Studio Commands Command Window Find/Command Box