Android Studio Keyboard Shortcuts

By Ryan M. Hoffman | 2016-11-21

Android Studio Shortcuts

If you have used Android Studio for even a short time I’m sure you have found some shortcuts and hot keys to speed up your coding and keep your hands on the keyboard where they belong! I’m going to run through some of the shortcuts I find most useful. Android Studio is built by Google, but it is based on Jetbrains Intellij Community Edition Java IDE. This means that all of the Intellij shortcut keys work on Android Studio, but Google have added a few of their own. Let’s jump into some of the best ones.

Searching For A Shortcut

Stop me if this has happened to you before. You read an awesome tutorial on shortcuts and hot keys in Android Studio and found a few that looked really useful, but when you sit down and start coding you can’t remember what they were. Fortunately someone thought of this and made several several search functions.

Search everywhere:

Shift Shift (Windows, Linux, Mac) This searches literally everywhere. It can even search outside of the scope of your project if you want it to (every file on your computer). Thankfully it groups what it finds into categories, with the most recent files first.

Search for commands:

Command + Shift + A (Mac) Control + Shift + A (Windows, Linux) This searches for any command. If you know there is a way to jump to the next error in your code but you can’t remember what it is, just use this command and start typing “error” and it will intelligently find it. This works for any command. If you only want to memorize one shortcut, this is the one.

Here are a few more ways to keep your hands off the mouse and still get around your project quickly.

Jump to Class

Command + O (Mac) Control + N (Windows, Linux)

Jump to File

Command + Shift + O (Mac) Control + Shift + N (Windows, Linux)

Jump to Method

Control + Up/Down (Mac) Alt + Up/Down (Windows, Linux) Up is the previous method, down is the next method.

Editing Code

This is the one we try to spend the most time on, and even though searching for the correct command is easy with the shortcut above, it is still quicker to memorize these shortcuts and add them to our workflow. These will really help you get past the editor and focus only on the editing.


Tab (Mac, Windows, Linux) Enter (Mac, Windows, Linux)


Single Line Comment Command + / (Mac) Control + / (Windows, Linux) Multi Line Comment Command + Alt + / (Mac) Control + Shift + / (Windows, Linux)

Show Parameters

Command + p (Mac) Control + p (Windows, Linux) This one is useful if you can’t remember what parameters a method takes.


Renaming a variable/method/class etc. Shift + F6 (Mac) Control + F6 (Windows, Linux)

Intelligent Code Generation

Command + N (Mac) Alt + Insert (Windows, Linux)

Live Templates

There are dozens of these available by default, and the great thing about Android Studio is that you have the freedom to create more if you wish. If you don’t know what live templates are, they are boilerplate sections of code that gets automatically inserted for you. All you have to do is tab through to fill in the variable values.

A commonly used one is “Toast”. You type “Toast” and hit Tab and it automatically gives you this:

Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, "", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

If you hit Tab a second time it moves the cursor over to the quotation marks so you can type your message, and if you hit Tab one more time it moves your cursor to the end of the line.

Another common one is to type “fori” and hit Tab. That gives you this:

for(i = 0; i < ; i++){


Of course tabbing through allows you to modify the variable name, value, loop length, and finally it drops you inside the curly brackets to write the code to be executed.

As I mentioned there are dozens more and you can create your own. To find all the live templates included just search everywhere with Shift Shift and type “Live Templates”.


Thank you for reading this. I hope some of these tricks will help you become a better and faster developer. If you want the full and overwhelming list of shortcuts for Android Studio you can check out the list here.

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