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More RubyMine Shortcuts for Faster Development

RubyMine isn’t vim but you can still use keyboard shortcuts to speed things up. Here are a few more of my favorite keyboard shortcuts.

  • Shift + Esc
    Hides the last active window.  This is especially helpful when you want to hide the testing window or the project window so that most of your screen is only code windows
  • Ctrl + Alt + M
    Extracts a method that contains the currently selected text.  Very helpful when breaking up large methods.
  • Shift + F6
    Rename the currently selected text.


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A Few of My favorite RubyMine Shortcuts to Speed Up Development

As a developer on the Windows platform, it’s very difficult to stop reaching for the mouse but I’ve been trying to wean myself from the mouse as much as possible.  Here are a few of my favorite RubyMine shortcuts that have helped.

  • Ctrl + W
    Selects the nearest word.  Repeatedly pressing them will select increasingly larger blocks of words.
  • Ctrl + /
    Toggle commenting on the selected line or highlighted block.
  • Ctrl + Tab
    Navigates through the files that are open.
  • Shift + Delete
    Deletes the current row and places it in your Clipboard to paste later.
  • Ctrl + Alt + M
    Extracts the highlighted block of code into a new method.

Speeding up Ruby Development on Windows using RubyMine

On many corners of the internet if you mention that you do Ruby on Rails development on Windows, you will immediately feel the earth shaking as the community starts laughing in unison and yelling at you to make the switch to a more Ruby-friendly platform.

I haven’t made the switch away from Windows, and yes, there are quite a few headaches to deal with but for the most part my productivity doesn’t suffer. One of the main reasons is that I’m using RubyMine.

I’ll make no secret of it, I have almost always* used an IDE because the majority of my programming was done on the Windows platform. When I moved to Ruby on Rails, a major project required that I didn’t lose too much time getting started so I chose RubyMine as my IDE so that my development environment wasn’t something that slowed me down.

Like a lot of developers, I too said ooh and aah when I watched Ben Orenstein’s presentation on vim but the learning curve wasn’t something I had time for. I chose RubyMine because of the ability to speed things up with keyboard shortcuts.  Here are a couple that I use regularly to get things done faster.

Fast File Navigation

Ctrl + Shift + N

Brings up a window that allows you to find files using fuzzy search.



Shift + Alt + N

Makes it easy to move between associated files.  For example, if you’re editing a model and you need to switch to the controller.  Use Shift+Alt+N to bring up a dialog box of all the associated files.




* back in the day I coded classic ASP sites in Notepad.  Pretty hardcore, I know.

** no, this post isn’t sponsored