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Working on Xcode without an external monitor is my nightmare. The screen resource is already limited on the MacBook. And many parts of Xcode try to take a portion of this valuable resource.
Here is an example of an Xcode project on a Macbook.
In this article, I will share the four Xcode shortcuts I use to control a different part of the Xcode, so you can choose to show/hide when needed.
By default, Xcode will show the debug area when output is generated, which is helpful in debugging. But you don't need this when coding, so you might need to close it as soon as you finished debugging.
To show/hide this debug area, we use this shortcut.
⌘ - command + ⇧ - shift + Y or
View menu > Debug Area > Show/Hide Debug Area
I use this only when I add a new file and manage project structure from time to time. So, most of the time, I close this pane.
To show/hide navigator area, we use this shortcut.
⌘ - command + 0 or
View menu > Navigators > Show/Hide Navigator
I use this a lot back when I use Storyboard, but I rarely use it anymore.
To show/hide inspector area, we use this shortcut.
⌘ - command + ⌥ - option + 0 or
View menu > Inspectors > Show/Hide Inspector
I usually have two editors sitting side by side, but sometimes I need more space on one editor. You can make an editor take up the entire editor area with Focus.
To expand an editor to occupy the whole editor area, put the cursor on the editor you want to expand, then use the following shortcut.
⌘ - command + ⌃ – control + ⇧ - shift + ⏎ Return or
View menu > Editor > Focus/Hide Focus
This will expand the current editing editor to the entire area.
To leave the focus mode, just hit the shortcut again.
To make the focus even more useful, here is a shortcut to move the cursor to the next editor.
⌃ – control + ` or
Navigate menu > Editor > Move Focus to Next Editor
Using this with the Focus Editor Area shortcut will make you focus on the left or right editor without leaving your keyboard.
You will make better use of your limited screen space with these shortcuts. I find these shortcuts really helpful when I don't have an external monitor nearby.
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