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Quick tip on how to learn Xcode keyboard shortcuts efficiently

A workflow to memorize Xcode keyboard shortcuts.

updated on 08 Apr 2024 · 2 min read

Knowing Xcode keyboard shortcuts is key to be more productive while developing iOS applications. But memorizing a lot of shortcuts can prove tedious, especially when starting out.

The following quick tip allowed me to integrate an efficient learning process into my development workflow.

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The key is to be able to lookup a shortcut real quick, so we can learn them on the fly while developing.

An efficient way to lookup a shortcut quickly is by opening Xcodes help menu and typing in the action. Xcode will make suggestions so we can directly see the shortcut, use the escape key to close the help menu and then use the looked up shortcut to perform the action.

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For me, this technique payed out real soon, I memorized the shortcuts automatically when using them on a daily basis.

Since there is no keyboard shortcut for opening Xcodes help menu, we can create our own custom shortcut by going to System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts > Show Help menu.

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