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Shortcut Description IDE Version
Escape Selects parent control in design mode. Left mouse click + Escape drags the parent control Delphi 2 and up
Shift + Click After selecting control in form designer, click on it with Shift again to select top most parent Form Delphi 5 and up
Tab In Object Inspector activates incremental search for properties. Press again Tab to move focus to property value Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + J Invoke code templates also called code snippets Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + T Delete text from cursor position until end of word Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + E Incremental search Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Y Delete current line Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + B Invoke buffer window when focus is on editor. The buffer window shows a list of all different tabs. Delphi 2007 and up
Ctrl + Shift + G Insert a new GUID at the cursor position Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Shift + I Indent the current selected block Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Shift + U Unindent the current selected block Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + K + I Indent the current selected block or current line in case of no selection Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + K + U Unindent the current selected block or current line in case of no selection Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Shift + J Invoke SyncEdit Borland Developer Studio 2006
Ctrl + Shift + V Automatically declare variable at cursor position Borland Developer Studio 2006
Ctrl + Shift + Y Delete to the end of line Delphi 5 and up
Alt + [ Match pair forward Delphi 5 and up
Alt + ] Match pair backward Delphi 5 and up
Alt + RightArrow Browse forward (hotlink history) Delphi 6 and up
Alt + LeftArrow Browse backward (hotlink history) Delphi 6 and up
Alt + UpArrow Browse to symbol under editor cursor (invoke a hotlink and add it to the hotlink history) Borland Developer Studio 2006
F4 Run program to current cursor position Delphi 2 and up
F5 Toggle breakpoint Delphi 2 and up
F7 Debugger step into Delphi 2 and up
Shift - F7 Trace into next source line Delphi 5 and up
F8 Debugger step over Delphi 2 and up
Shift - F8 Run until return Delphi 5 and up
F9 Run program under debugger Delphi 2 and up
Ctrl + F2 Program Reset Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + F7 Evaluate/modify Delphi 2005 and up
Ctrl + F5 Add Watch Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + F12 View units Delphi 2 and up
Alt + G Goto line number in editor Delphi 2 and up
Ctrl + O + G Goto line number in editor Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Shift + R Start/stop recording editor macro Delphi 2 and up
Ctrl + Shift + P Play editor macro Delphi 2 and up
Ctrl + Spacebar Invoke code completion Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Shift + Spacebar Invoke code parameter hints Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Enter Open file at cursor Delphi 2 and up
Ctrl + Shift + Enter Find all references Delphi 2005 and up
Ctrl + Shift + C Invoke class completion for the class that currently contains the cursor Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Shift + UpArrow Navigate to method implementation/declaration Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Shift + DownArrow Navigate to method implementation/declaration Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Shift + 1 - 9 Set a bookmark at current row in the source Delphi 2006 and up
Ctrl + 1 - 9 Go to a bookmark row in the source Delphi 2006 and up
Ctrl + Alt + F12 Opens the drop-down on the top-right corner of the code editor, listing all open files Borland Developer Studio 2006
Ctrl + Alt + Mouse Wheel Navigate to previous or next method implementation in lexical order in this source unit, or within the class to which scope has been limited using Ctrl+Q+L Borland Developer Studio 2006
Ctrl + Alt + UpArrow Navigate to previous method implementation in lexical order in this source unit, or within the class to which scope has been limited using Ctrl+Q+L Borland Developer Studio 2006
Ctrl + Alt + DownArrow Navigate to next method implementation in lexical order in this source unit, or within the class to which scope has been limited using Ctrl+Q+L Borland Developer Studio 2006
Ctrl + Alt + Home Navigate to the lexically first method implementation in this source unit, or within the class to which scope has been limited using Ctrl+Q+L Borland Developer Studio 2006
Ctrl + Alt + End Navigate to the lexically last method implementation in this source unit, or within the class to which scope has been limited using Ctrl+Q+L Borland Developer Studio 2006
Ctrl + Alt + P Activate the Tool Palette in filtering mode (start typing, press Enter to drop component) Delphi 2005 and up
Ctrl + Alt + A Adds current date to source code since BCB 4.0
Ctrl + / Toggle comment per line or selected block and cursors goes down one line, Ctrl + # on nordic (and perhaps other international ) keyboards Delphi 2005 and up
Ctrl + Shift + T Add todo list item Delphi 2005 and up
Alt + F12 Toggle between Form as text mode or design mode Delphi 5 and up
Alt + F11 Invoke Use unit dialog Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + F11 Invoke Open Project Dialog Delphi 2005 and up
Ctrl + Alt + F11 Invoke Project manager window Delphi 2005 and up
F11 Invoke Object Inspector window Delphi 5 and up
F12 Toggle between code view and design view Delphi 5 and up
Alt + 0 Invoke Window list Delphi 2005 and up
Shift + Alt + F11 Invoke Structure window Delphi 2005 and up
Ctrl + Shift + B Invoke Browser window Delphi 5
Ctrl + Alt + B Invoke Breakpoint window Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Alt + S Invoke Call Stack window Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Alt + W Invoke Watches window Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Alt + L Invoke Local Variables window Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Alt + T Invoke Threads window Delphi 7 and up
Ctrl + Alt + F Invoke FPU window Delphi 2005(removed from Delphi 2006)
Ctrl + Alt + C Invoke CPU window Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Alt + V Invoke Event window Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Alt + M Invoke Modules window Delphi 2005 and up
Shift + F12 Invoke Forms window Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Shift + A Invoke Add to uses clause(Find unit in Delphi 2006) window (Refactoring) Delphi 2005 and up
Ctrl + Shift + F11 Invoke Project Options window Delphi 2005 and up
Ctrl + F9 Compile Project Delphi 5 and up
Shift + F9 Build Project Delphi 5 and up
Shift + F11 Invoke Add to project window Delphi 5 and up
Shift + Ctrl + F9 Run without debugging Delphi 2005 and up
Ctrl + F Find Delphi 3 and up
Shift + Ctrl + F Find in Files Delphi 3 and up
Alt + F7/F8 Previous/next result (for Find in Files and Build Error Messages) Delphi 7 and up
Ctrl+K+E Changes a word to lowercase and deselects selection Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl+K+F Changes a word to uppercase and deselects selection Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl+K+O Changes a word to lowercase Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl+K+N Changes a word to uppercase Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl+O+U Toggles case Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl+Shift+K+O Toggles Code folding between On and Off Delphi 2006 and up
Ctrl+Shift+K+A Code folding: Expands All blocks of code Delphi 2006 and up
Ctrl+Shift+K+E Code folding: Collapse current block of code Delphi 2006 and up
Ctrl+Shift+K+U Code folding: Expand current block of code Delphi 2006 and up
Ctrl+Shift+K+T Code folding: Toggle Current block (expand & collapse)
Ctrl+Shift+K+R Code folding: Collapses all regions {$region 'comment'}..{$endregion} Delphi 2006 and up
Ctrl+Shift+K+P Code folding: Collapse nested procedures
Ctrl+Shift+K+M Code folding: Collapse all methods
Ctrl+Shift+K+C Code folding: Collapse all classes
Ctrl+Shift+K+G Code folding: Collapses down to primary Groups [Interface/Implementation] Delphi 2006 and up
Ctrl+Shift+K+N Code folding: Collapses Namespace/Unit Delphi 2006 and up
Ctrl+Tab Switch to the next open file in the editor Delphi 2006 and up
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Switch to the previous open file in the editor Delphi 2006 and up
Ctrl + K + P Invokes print selection dialog Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + K + W Invokes Write block to file(selected text) Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + K + R Invokes Read block from file(inserts text at cursor) Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + K + C Copies selected text at the end of the selection Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + K + T Select word at cursor position Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + O + L Selects current line Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + Q + L Toggles between limiting the Ctrl+Alt navigation shortcuts to the current class, or limiting it to the current unit Borland Developer Studio 2006
Ctrl + Q + W Go to next item of Messages window Delphi 5 and up
Ctrl + F6 Switches between source (.cpp) and header (.h)

BDS 2006 and up, C++ Builder personality

Alt + Backspace
Edit|Undo
Alt + F10 Display Popup menu
Alt + Shift + Down Arrow
Moves the cursor down one line and selects the column from the left of the starting cursor position
Alt + Shift + End Selects the column from the cursor position to the end of the current line
Alt + Shift + Home Selects the column from the cursor position to the start of the current line
Alt + Shift + Left Arrow Selects the column to the left of the cursor
Alt + Shift + Page Down Moves the cursor down one line and selects the column from the right of the starting cursor position
Alt + Shift + Page Up Moves the cursor up one screen and selects the column from the left of the starting cursor position
Alt + Shift + Right Arrow Selects the column to the right of the cursor
Alt + Shift + Up Arrow Moves the cursor up one line and selects the column from the left of the starting cursor position
Alt + X Cut word under cursor / current selected block
Ctrl + C Copy word under Cursor / selected block
Ctrl + A select all
Ctrl + Backspace Delete the word to the beginning
Ctrl + D Deletes a currently selected block
Ctrl + Down Arrow Scrolls down one line
Ctrl + End Moves to the end of a file
Ctrl + F1 Topic Search
Ctrl + F10 Open Main Menu
Ctrl + Home Moves to the top of a file
Ctrl + I Inserts a tab character
Ctrl + INS Copy selected Block
Ctrl + L find again
Ctrl + Left Arrow Moves one word left
Ctrl + M insert new line (same as Enter)
Ctrl + N insert new line after cursor (cursor stays in current line)
Ctrl + O + A Open file at cursor
Ctrl + O + B Browse symbol at cursor
Ctrl + O + O Inserts compiler options and directives
Ctrl + PgDn Moves to the bottom of a screen
Ctrl + PgUp Moves to the top of a screen
Ctrl + Q + A Search Replace Dialog
Ctrl + Q + B Moves cursor to the beginning of a block
Ctrl + Q + C Moves cursor to end of a file
Ctrl + Q + D Moves cursor to the end of a line
Ctrl + Q + E Moves cursor to the top of the window
Ctrl + Q + F Search Find Dialog

Ctrl + Q + K

Moves cursor to the end of a block
Ctrl + Q + P Moves cursor to previous position
Ctrl + Q + R Moves cursor to the beginning of a file
Ctrl + Q + S Moves cursor to the beginning of a line
Ctrl + Q + T Moves cursor to the top of the window
Ctrl + Q + U Moves cursor to the bottom of the window
Ctrl + Q + X Moves cursor to the bottom of the window
Ctrl + Q + Y Deletes to the end of Line
Ctrl + R Replace
Ctrl + Right Arrow Moves one word right
Ctrl + S Save
Ctrl + Shift + S Save All
Ctrl + Shift + End Selects from the cursor position to the end of the current file
Ctrl + Shift + Home Selects from the cursor position to the start of the current file
Ctrl + Shift + Left Arrow Selects the word to the left of the cursor
Ctrl + Shift + PgDn Selects from the cursor position to the bottom of the screen
Ctrl + Shift + PgUp Selects from the cursor position to the top of the screen
Ctrl + Shift + Right Arrow Selects the word to the right of the cursor
Ctrl + Shift + Z Redo
Ctrl + Up Arrow Scrolls up one line
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Z Undo
F1 Display Help
F3 find again
INS Insert Mode on / off
Shift + Down Arrow Moves the cursor down one line and selects from the right of the starting cursor position.
Shift + End Selects from the cursor position to the end of the current line
Shift + Enter Inserts a new line with a carriage return
Shift + Home Selects from the cursor position to the start of the current line
Shift + INS Paste from clipboard
Shift + Left Arrow Selects the character to the left of the cursor
Shift + PgDn Moves the cursor down one line and selects from the right of the starting cursor position
Shift + PgUp Moves the cursor up one screen and selects from the left of the starting cursor position
Shift + Right Arrow Selects the character to the right of the cursor
Shift + Tab Moves the cursor to the left one tab position
Shift + Up Arrow Moves the cursor up one line and selects from the left of the starting cursor position
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + End Selects the column from the cursor position to the end of the current file
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Home Selects the column from the cursor position to the start of the current file
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Left Arrow Selects the column to the left of the cursor
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Page Down Selects the column from the cursor position to the top of the screen
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Page Up Selects the column from the cursor position to the bottom of the screen
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Right Arrow Selects the column to the right of the cursor
AltGr + F12 select editor window tab

Please note the IDE shortcuts might work on earlier versions of Delphi. Correct the list if you find shortcuts working in earlier versions.

You can add your own shortcuts with a free tool called AutoHotKey, see there for some ideas.

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