Xcode Shortcuts You Must Know

Filed Under: iOS

Knowing the Xcode shortcuts would improve your speed and boost your productivity. Today, we will be discussing some of the commonly used shortcuts.

Refer to this legend for symbols of each button:

  • ⌘ – Command
  • ⇧ – Shift
  • ⌥ – Option/Alt
  • ⌃ – Control
  • ⇠⇢ – Left/Right Arrow Keys
  • ⇡⇣ – Up/Down Arrow Keys
  • ⏎ – Return
  • ⇥ – Tab
  • ⎋ – Escape

Basic Shortcuts

Here’s a list of a few basic shortcuts that we all need to know:

  • Build: ⌘B
  • Run: ⌘R
  • Test: ⌘U
  • Stop: ⌘.

⌘ + K is used to do a basic clean
⇧ + ⌘ + K is used to do a complete clean of all build files. This is used when your environment starts to behave weirdly

Let’s next look at some Workspace Shortcuts:

Workspace Shortcuts

Hide/Show Navigation Area :⌘ + 0

Xcode Workspace Shortcut Navigation

Xcode Workspace Shortcut Navigation

Hide/Show Debugging Area : ⌘+⇧+Y

Xcode Workspace Shortcut Debugging Area

Xcode Workspace Shortcut Debugging Area

Hide/Show Utility Area : ⌘+⌥+ 0

Xcode Workspace Shortcut Utility

Xcode Workspace Shortcut Utility

Navigation through Inspector Area Tabs: ⌘1…8

Xcode Inspector Tabs Shortcut

Xcode Inspector Tabs Shortcut

Navigation through Utilities Area Tabs: ⌘1…6

Xcode Utilities Tabs Shortcut

Xcode Utilities Tabs Shortcut

Open quickly: ⇧+⌘+O

Xcode Shortcut Open Quickly

Xcode Shortcut Open Quickly

Assistance Editor

This can be accessed using the two circles at the top right.

Commands to show and hide are:

Show – ⌘ +⌥ + ⏎
Hide – ⌘ + ⏎

Auto-documentation : ⌘ +⌥ + /

We can add comments over a method in documentation formatting as shown below:

Xcode Shortcut Auto Documentation

Xcode Shortcut Auto Documentation

To comment or uncomment use : ⌘ + /

Search within a file: ⌃+6

Xcode Shortcut Search In File

Xcode Shortcut Search In File

Edit/Rename all in Scope : ⌃+⌘+E

This shortcut is used to change a variable/method name in the file.

Fix all errors : ^+⌥+⌘+F

Instead of manually fixing each error from the right side error labels, the above command fixes all errors that can be resolved automatically.

Hide/Expand class or method body : ⌥+⌘+⇢ OR ⌥+⌘+⇠

Xcode Shortcut Hide Expand Function

Xcode Shortcut Hide Expand Function

Reorder statements : ⌥+⌘ + [ ]

Use command and option along with the right and left brackets to move the statement above/below the adjacent statements.

Xcode Shortcut Reorder Statements

Xcode Shortcut Reorder Statements

Indent Code : ⌘ + [ ]

This shortcut is used to indent the whole code left/right

Xcode Shortcut Indent Statements

Xcode Shortcut Indent Statements

Debugging Shortcuts

Add and Remove breakpoints : ⌘ + \

Xcode Shortcut Add Remove Breakpoint

Xcode Shortcut Add Remove Breakpoint

To enable/disable all breakpoints use ⌘ + Y

That’s a wrap on this tutorial demonstrating Xcode Shortcuts. Stay tuned for updates!

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