Scott Hanselman

Visual Studio hotkeys at the PowerShell command line in Windows Terminal

March 18, 2021 Comment on this post [7] Posted in Open Source | VS2019
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Muscle memory is a heck of a thing. When I want to build code I type Ctrl-Shift-B. I can't not. It's built into my hands! Ctrl-Shift-T is test (even though it's non-standard, it's there, in my hands.

I spend a lot of time at the command line, in Windows Terminal, in PowerShell, using PSReadLine. So why not make a few of these intuitive hotkeys work for me there as well?

PSReadLine supports Set-PSReadLineKeyHandler which is basically hotkey bindings to any arbitrary script block.

Here's Shift-Ctrl-B typing dotnet build and pressing enter. Just add these to your $profile, after you've imported PSReadLine via

if ($host.Name -eq 'ConsoleHost')
Import-Module PSReadLine

Building with Shift-Ctrl-B

Set-PSReadLineKeyHandler -Key Ctrl+Shift+b `
-BriefDescription BuildCurrentDirectory `
-LongDescription "dotnet Build the current directory" `
-ScriptBlock {
[Microsoft.PowerShell.PSConsoleReadLine]::Insert("dotnet build")

Here's Shift-Ctrl-T typing dotnet test and pressing enter.

Set-PSReadLineKeyHandler -Key Ctrl+Shift+t `
-BriefDescription TestCurrentDirectory `
-LongDescription "dotnet Test the current directory" `
-ScriptBlock {
[Microsoft.PowerShell.PSConsoleReadLine]::Insert("dotnet test")

Here's it in Animated Gif Form! (Using Carnac to see the hotkeys being pressed)

Since I am using Ctrl+Shift+T for testing (that's just me) I did need to manually unbind it from New Tab in my Windows Terminal settings. Just be aware.

"command": "unbound",
"keys": "shift+ctrl+T"

Sweet. What hotkeys will YOU hook up?

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March 23, 2021 11:15
Thanks for sharing, there plenty of possibilities! 👍

A bit offtopic:
May you share your current oh-my-posh configuration? It looks like you have already upgraded to 3.*.
Do you still use Cascadia Code, and if yes, how?
What's your prompt theme now?

March 23, 2021 13:31
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March 23, 2021 13:58
I tend to use the clipboard hotkeys from Windows 3.0.


They still work in surprisingly many applications.
March 23, 2021 21:33
My favorite was shared by Joey Aiello at an Ignite tabletalk: Take a "screenshot" of the terminal.

Set-PSReadlineKeyHandler -Function CaptureScreen -Chord Ctrl+[

To run it adhoc is

March 24, 2021 11:41
Oh this is really nice! Already thinking about how to add this to my bookmarking system. The use of insert/acceptline is a bit of a revelation - I'd been struggling with "replaying" stored commands because the shell kept tokenising quoted strings inside the command - hopefully acceptline will work around that.
March 25, 2021 13:53
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March 27, 2021 18:51
Can we use shortcuts to clear the screen while dotnet run is still running? Typically I start my app, do something, observe console output, and then I want to clear the console so I can observe the output again. In Rider, I use CTRL+L but haven’t figured out how to do the same in Windows Terminal.

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