Tips : “Remove and Sort” Namespaces using Shortcut in Visual Studio

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”) .

Hope this will help save some of your time !

Thanks !


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Written by Abhijit Jana

Technology Leader, Technical Strategist, Solution Architect, Development Consultant, and a Trusted Technology Advisor with more than 13 years of experience in the IT industry with expertise in Development, Architecting, Engineering, Consulting, and Services Delivery. I am a former Microsoft MVP, Author of "Kinect for Windows SDK Programming Guide" and "HoloLens BluePrints" books, and founder of The Daily .NET Tips. To know more about me visit the "About Me" page.


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