Code formatting shortcuts in Android Studio for Operation Systems

Windows: Ctrl + Alt + L

Linux: Ctrl + Shift + Alt + L

macOS: Option + Command + L

Reference: Key Commands and here are all of the commands for Windows/ Linux users and for Mac users.

As Rohit faced a problem in Ubuntu with the format code shortcut, this is due to the Ctrl + Alt + L key being used to lock the screen in Ubuntu.

I found that Ubuntu handles this keyboard shortcut first. So you should bind the Ctrl + Alt + L keyboard shortcut to something else so that it doesn’t conflict with Ubuntu.


  1. Go to System ToolsSystem SettingsKeyboardShortcuts tab → SystemLock Screen.

  2. Select the row New Accelerator…, then press any special key with the Alpha key (e.g. Shift + L). You should’ve successfully changed the keyboard shortcut.

  3. Check if the keyboard shortcut now works in Android Studio.

Alternative method

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + L (to show a dialog)

You can also use Eclipse shortcuts.

  • Windows and Linux: Go to menu FileSettingsKeymap
  • macOS: Go to menu PreferencesKeymap and choose Eclipse from the drop-down menu.

Using MenuBar

  • Select code which you want to reformat

  • Click on Code in the menu bar and select Reformat Code as shown in the image below:

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In Android studio 3.5, there is problem with rearranging the xml code, it also rearrange the views as well, so need to use these settings first.

Settings -> Editor -> Code Style -> XML-> Set From -> Predefined Style > Android.

Update for Android Studio 4+

Since Android Studio 4+, you might face issue shortcuts on mac. Shortcuts not working after updating to Android studio 4, in Mac? have an answer for that.

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