This weeks Friday Dev Tip is a quick one but very useful.
When using Visual Studio (2013 or greater), pressing and holding the Ctrl key when the Intellisense tooltip appears will make it go transparent so you can see any code underneath it.
No more pressing Esc and having to type again!
Most of the time when you want to take a screenshot you probably use the Snipping Tool built into Windows or another third party program like Greenshot but did you know that if you're using Windows 10 (creators edition or greater) you can take a screenshot by simply pressing Windows key + Shift + S?
No more launching the snipping tool to quckly screenshot. Just press WinKey+Shift+S and the screen will grey out allowing you to drag the mouse around the area you want to capture.
As a developer you've probably become quite familiar with many shortcuts like Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V....and unfortunately Ctrl+Z!
But did you know that pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc will directly open the Task Manager? Very handy for when you need to kill that infinite loop you just created.
Image maps are a handy way to add clickable zones to your images. When creating an image map from scratch most people would fire up their image editor of choice and work out the click zones using the editor.
This can be ok when creating an image map from scratch but if you have to troubleshoot an image map issue or if you need to 'see' the clickable zones that really isn’t a workable solution.
There are tons of programs out there that can help you make gifs but over the years the one I keep returning to due to its ease of use is LICEcap.
For example, I use it to help me make gif's for this blog, for doing quick screen captures or to highlight bugs found when testing.
If you're a developer chances are that you use certain key strokes daily without even thinking about it like Alt + Tab to switch between opened programs.
MacOS users love using quick app launchers, like Alfred, but it's not something a lot of Windows users tend to know about or use.
Sometimes it's the little things that make a developer's life just that bit easier. Like this handy little Visual Studio Code plugin that will colorize your brackets to help make it easier to see what's contained within them!