Rory Primrose

Learn from my mistakes, you don't have time to make them yourself

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Visual Studio Tip - Escape without fear

I read the Visual Studio Tip: Disable F1! post a few weeks ago and was very tempted to take the advice to remove the F1 keyboard mapping in Visual Studio. I kept it because sometimes I do actually want to open help. The problem is I keep missing ESC and hitting F1.

I’ve finally cracked. It is just too annoying, especially when you haven’t opened help yet and it takes a long time to come up. I’ve got a different take on the solution though. Because I still want access to help, rather than removing the F1 keyboard mapping, I’ve changed it to F1, F1. A double tap on the F1 key is much more deliberate.

Kudos to Andrew Stevenson who inadvertently provided the title to this blog in his comment in the above mentioned post.

Written on August 27, 2008