Remove and Sort – Namespaces using Shortcut in Visual Studio

By | December 23, 2010

While dealing with maintaining coding standard like stylecop warning fix with code, most of the time we need to remove unused namespaces and sort the namespaces. We can do it easily from the context menu of the code editor. There you have three different option for “Organize Using” . Either you can Remove Unused Usings , Sort Usings or we can do it together by selecting “Remove and Sort” . Let’s see how we can make it more handy !

Even we can automatically fix this using some third party tools and addins. But it can be even very handy with in visual studio aswell, if we can set some shortcut key for them. From Tools > Option, navigate to Keyboard tab. Search for “Edit.RemoveAndSort” which command will to both remove unused usings and sort the usings, then set shortcut for the same, as I did with “Ctrl + Shift + W” , Click on “Assign” and Ok. you are done.

From next time you just need to press “Ctrl+Shift+W” to remove unused namespaces and sort them accordingly.

Even you can set the same for “Sort Usings” ( “Edit.SortUsings” ) and “Removed Unused Usings” (“Edit.RemoveUsings”) .

Author: Abhijit Jana

Abhijit runs the Daily .NET Tips. He started this site with a vision to have a single knowledge base of .NET tips and tricks and share post that can quickly help any developers . He is a Former Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, CodeProject MVP, Mentor, Speaker, Author, Technology Evangelist and presently working as a .NET Consultant. He blogs at http://abhijitjana.net , you can follow him @AbhijitJana . He is the author of book Kinect for Windows SDK Programming Guide.