VSCode is one of the most popular code editors, skilled use of VSCode can greatly improve our programming efficiency. This post consisted of some tips I found very helpful when working with VSCode, which I hope will help you too.
We might want to type the same thing in different places at the same time.
VS Code supports multiple cursors for fast simultaneous edits. You can add secondary cursors (rendered thinner) with
Alt+Click. Each cursor operates independently based on the context it sits in.
A common way to add more cursors is with
Ctrl+Alt+Up that insert cursors below or above.
Ctrl+D selects the word at the cursor or the next occurrence of the current selection.
Ctrl+F2 to select all of the next occurrence of the current selection
Place the cursor in one corner and then hold
Shift+Alt while dragging to the opposite corner:
It will open a contextual menu for you with the auto-suggestion to navigate between files. Remember, do
Ctrl+F and search for the file usually won’t return any result.
You can open multiple files from Quick Open by pressing the
Right arrow key. This will open the currently selected file in the background and you can continue selecting files from Quick Open
It is similar to the Chrome shortcut to reopen a tab after you have close it.
Also, when you do
Ctrl+P as above, it will show the most recently open file on top of the list.
You can navigate symbols inside a file with
Ctrl+Shift+O. By typing
: the symbols will be grouped by category. Press
Down and navigate to the place you want.
You could also activate that by
Ctrl+P and then type
@. It will behave exactly as you type
Some languages support rename symbols across files. Press
F2 and then type the new desired name and press
Enter. All usages of the symbol will be renamed, across files.
It will update the name inside the same file as well.
Quickly shrink or expand the current selection. Trigger it with
Here’s an example of expanding the selection with
Sometimes we want to move some code or text as a whole up or down. Press
Alt+Up to move the text up; Press
Alt+Down to move the text down.
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