After giving a presentation that included some live coding, a few audience members asked how I was doing stuff so quickly. Of course there’s no one answer; it’s a combination of a bunch of simple shortcuts and a lot of practice. In response to that inquiry I thought it made sense to see what shortcuts I am using on a daily basis without thinking of it.
Here's a curated list of
15 16 shortcuts (and 1 custom shortcut), accompanied by gifs, that I use on a daily basis. Enjoy!
Moving Lines and Text Around
Cutting and Removing, Copying, and Pasting
Text and Number Manipulation
Commentating and Aligning Variables
Select Next Match of a Selection: ⌘ + D
By placing the cursor on a word and hitting ⌘ + D, we select the word. Hitting D a few more time while still holding ⌘ selects the next instance of the selection found. By hitting ⌘, then D three times, I have selected three iterations of the text.
Select All Matches of a Selection: CTRL + ⌘ + G
Same thing as above, except grabs all matches within the file. Careful using this one since it will grab all matches within a file..
Select Opening and Closing Tag Relative to Cursor: ⌘ + ⇧ + K
This is a gem. Maybe you want all attributes to stay the same, but just want to select the tag. This shortcut will do that for you -- and notice you can do it with multiple tags at a time. *Emmet package required
Select Between Container: CTRL + D
If you place the cursor between the text and hit the above command it will select the text, much like ⌘ + D. But hit it again and you get the parent container, and again to get that parents’ container. *Emmet package required
Select Between Brackets: ⌘ + ⇧ + Space
This is helpful for selecting everything between brackets. Works with CSS too.
Move Line Up or Down: CTRL + ⌘ + ↑ or ↓
Duplicate Line or Selection: ⌘ + ⇧ + D
If you have text selected, it will duplicate your selection. Otherwise, place your cursor on the line and duplicate the whole line.
Indenting and Unindent: ⌘ + [ or ]
Cut Line or Selection: ⌘ + X
Cuts a line to your clipboard, so you can paste it somewhere else.
Paste While Respecting Indents: ⇧ + ⌘ + V
Another one I use all the time. In the gif I show both, pasting normally (⌘ + V) versus the paste that accounts for indentation. Notice how the indents line up.
Wrap Line or Selection with Tag: CTRL + ⇧ + W
Wraps a line with a tag; start typing whatever tag you want, and you're done.
Remove Enclosed Container Element: ⌘ + '
This removes the parent tags relative to your cursor. Helpful for cleaning up markup. *Emmet package required
Evaluate Math Expression: ⌘ + ⇧ + Y
I never thought I would use this as much as I do... but it's really helpful. *Emmet package required
Increment and Decrement: ⇧ + OPTION + ↑ or ↓, OPTION + ↑ or ↓
Holding ⇧ will change the number by 10, and by 1 when not being held. And notice you don't have to select the number, Sublime Text is smart enough to update the closest number in the line. *Emmet or Hayaku package required
Upper and Lowercase: ⌘ + K then U, ⌘ + K then L
Comment Selection/Line: ⌘ + /
This works across all languages, and works with lines or whole selections.
Bonus! Use AlignTab with a Custom Keyboard Shortcut
To duplicate gif below in your own editor, just install AlignTab, add the custom bindings to your custom key bindings file, select some code, and hit CTRL + ⇧ + . or ; or =.
Once you see a change that has to happen on multiple lines, there’s usually a way to accomplish the changes in fewer keystrokes than editing them one by one. By using a combination of the above shortcuts in succession to perform a repetitive or predictable change, you can greatly increase how fast you code.
Here's a short Gif that combines selecting all matching occurrences, copying the links' text, utilizing multiple curses to paste that text, and transforming that text to to lowercase.