Xcode shortcuts: 4 favorites and a cheat sheet

by Amy Bennett -- Whether you're just getting started with Xcode or have been developing iPhone apps for a while, you're probably looking for ways to do things better and faster.

Here, courtesy of the Twitter community, are some keyboard shortcuts and time savers to add to your arsenal.

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  • omphal My favourite Xcode shortcut : ctrl-2 to switch keyboard focus to the messages/functions popup menu in the code editor.
  • mz2 My favourite keyboard shortcut of the day: Cmd+Alt+UpArrow (swaps between .h and .m in Xcode)
  • aaronjensen if you're working in xcode, the most important keyboard shortcut is cmd+shift+d, it's like your R# goto type/file/symbol all in one.
  • A_11 @ay23 Xcode tips: Apple-] and Apple-[ to shift a block of code right/left.

There are, of course, more Xcode shortcuts than you can reasonably be expected to remember. Lucky for you, @mgratzer points out this handy printable list of Xcode shortcuts from CocoaSamurai.

Yet more time savers

ulisdevdiary Nice obscure feature of the day: Xcode Edit -> Insert text Macro -> C -> Parenthesize Selection. Define a shortcut for it & rejoice.

iCuriosity Tips: In Xcode Editor, Option+Double Click on a word, will jump directly to the API doc. #xcode #mac #iphone

smplnerd SetFile. One of the greatest hidden gems of the Developer Tools. #adc #Xcode #osx

tomkinsc fixing Xcode annoyance: when using a 3rd-party keyboard, fix Home and End key behavior in Xcode prefs -> Key Bindings -> move to begin/end

mannytan nice xCode tip from #stackoverflow, put your dealloc right by all the synthesize declarations for simple and obvious memory management.

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