T-SQL Tuesday #127 – Non SQL Tips & Tricks

A few tips and tricks for managing tabs when you're a tab hoarder...

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I feel like I say this every month, but it’s already time for another edition of T-SQL Tuesday. This months blog party is hosted by Kenneth Fisher (B|T) and he’s looking for tips & tricks, but nothing DBMS related.  As you might already know, I love shortcuts and tips & tricks – so I was really excited to see this prompt. First, because I easily found a few I wanted to share, but secondly, I can’t wait to read about everyone else’s tips & tricks.

I had a hard time narrowing this down to just one shortcut, so I’ve picked three – but they fit together nicely. First, I have to let you in on a small secret:

I’m a tab hoarder

Whether it’s chrome or SSMS, I cannot help myself when it comes to opening new tabs. It’s not uncommon for me to have so many chrome tabs open that you can only see the logos.

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I even got called out by my good friend Andrew (B|T) this last week:

My tips & tricks are focused around managing tabs, and they work in all browsers (at least all that I have on my laptop. Chrome, Edge, IE11).

  • Ctrl + Tab – Switch tabs
  • Ctrl + W - Close a tab
  • Ctrl + Shift + T - Reopen the last closed tab

The first two are pretty self-explanatory, but the third one deserves a special mention.  I’m sure it’s happened to everyone- you close a tab and the instant it’s gone, you realise you actually needed that one.  Well Ctrl + Shift + T to the rescue. This shortcut will revive that last closed tab from the dead and the magic here is if you keep pressing it, it’ll keep opening tabs you shut previously.

In fact, if you close an entire browser window full of 20 tabs (that I’m sure you need all of) and in another browser window you press Ctrl + Shift + T, like magic, all the tabs come back to you.

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Now I started off using these shortcuts in internet browsers, but then I discovered they work in my favourite code editor as well.  All three of the keyboard shortcuts above work in VSCode, so now you can easily switch between scripts with Ctrl + Tab, close a script with Ctrl + W and then reopen it with Ctrl + Shift + T.

I love this crossover functionality, and I feel like it adds so much when you can open a program and it works in a way that you’re used to.

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