Duplicate and Delete lines in Xcode

Updated 1 March 2021


As we know, we all are very fond of shortcuts in our life, to reduce our energy and time. Today we will learn how to duplicate and delete lines in Xcode using shortcut keys.

Let’s check below the procedure to duplicate and delete lines in Xcode

Bind keys to duplicate lines in Xcode

Step1: Open below directory in Finder with Cmd + Shift + G

Step2: Open IDETextKeyBindingSet.plist with a text editor.

Step3: Add the below code in IDETextKeyBindingSet.plist file:

Step4: Open Xcode and go to Xcode preferences -> Key Bindings -> Text tab -> Scroll till you see Duplication

Step5: Click on Duplicate Current Line, add a shortcut for it, eg. Cmd + D (use unique key binding which is not used for any other shortcut).

In my case, I have used Option + D for Delete any line, Option+Shift+D for the duplicate current line, and Control+Option+D for duplicates of more than 1 line.

Duplicate and Delete lines in Xcode

Xcode shortcuts

Each table in this section lists the commands in an Xcode application menu and the keyboard shortcuts associated with each command. Menu Command Shortcuts (By Menu), This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-​ShareAlike 4.0 International License, by Yong Bakos. Xcode Keyboard Shortcuts. Here’s a list of the most common shortcuts used in Xcode:

Build: ⌘ + B

Run: ⌘ + R

Test: ⌘ + U

Stop: ⌘ + .

Clean: ⌘ + ⇧ + K

Clean the build folder: ⌘ + ⇧ + ⌥ + K

Open quickly: ⇧ + ⌘ + O

Code completion: ⌃ + Space

Hope this blog helped you to understand how to create custom shortcuts in Xcode.

For more details regarding delete and duplicate lines, check here.

You can check our blog also on the Xcode Simulator feature.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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