Where did Win+I go?

In Visual Studio 2010 Coded UI Test, we had mapped the key combination Win+I to locate controls. I described the feature in my article - Coded UI Test – Tip of the Day #1 - Win+I to locate controls.


In Windows 8, Win+I key combination is used to bring up the Settings Charms. (For a list of all new Windows 8 short cut keys – see this blog.)


So in Visual Studio 11 Coded UI Test, we now use Ctrl+I to locate controls. 

NOTE: This shortcut key and its behavior is present only Coded UI Test Builder is in “Add Assertions” mode.

Also NOTE: The change is applicable for Visual Studio 11 on all Operating systems. (not just Win8)


You can modify this key combination now in Coded UI Test Builder.exe.config (%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\IDE\CodedUITestBuilder.exe.config)

In the appSettings section, add the following keys. (Replace with Modifier & Key that you want)

<add key="FetchModifierKey" value="Control"/>
<add key="FetchKey" value="I"/>