Create a "Open in Blend" Visual studio keyboard shortcut

A few months ago, I created a new shortcut in Visual Studio that enables me to open my active file in Blend. Soon I realized that I should have done that a long time ago. - now it’s my favorite shortcut that boosts my productivity.
No more using the mouse to right-click > Open in Blend.
I choose the press shortcut combination CTRL + K, CTRL + B – works like a charm.

Here's a quick tutorial to set your own keyboard shortcut to Open active file in Blend:

  1.  TOOLS > Options… - Environment > Keyboard
  2.  Show commands containing: type in blend - Choose: View.View.OpeninBlend (notice it’s NOT View.OpeninBlend
  3. Make sure you have the following setting: Use new shortcut in: Global - Set your own Press shortcut keys combination 
  4.  Click Assign
  5. Click Ok

You're now all set. Feel free to ping me if you have problems getting it to work. Enjoy your new keyboard shortcut.

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