Here’s a quick tip showing off one of the cool features of box selection in Visual Studio 2010.
This one deals with copy-and-paste.
A simple scenario
Perhaps you are trying to preload some data into a StringBuilder for testing something out.
As a simple example, let's assume you have a text document with a list of 20 names that you want added to a
- In the method where you wish to build the list, type
sbis the name of your
- Quickly copy & paste this line 20 times to set up a receiving area for the names.
- Open the text file of names in Visual Studio 2010. This is important because you want to leverage the smarts of the IDE when you copying the text.
- Rather than line-selecting the names, box select them with the mouse while holding the ALT key (it's okay if you capture whitespace when the names are longer than others).
- Copy the selection to the clipboard.
- Return to your method. Vertically box-select the space between the quotes, again by using the mouse to select while holding the ALT key. You get a thin line for a selection that is zero characters wide.
- Paste your selection.
Here’s an example of the result: