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Mariana Simon
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10 useful VS Code shortcuts you should know ()

This is a curated list of the shortcuts you should learn as soon as possible. I really wish I knew them when I started coding. It would have saved me hours of manual typing.

Default shortcuts for Linux. Mac and Windows shortcuts are displayed below if different.

1. Ctrl+P : Displays the search bar to search for files

(Mac: Cmd + P)
You will navigate between files all the time. You can type the file name and open it by pressing enter.
search bar

2. Ctrl + Shift + P: Displays the command pallete

(Mac: Cmd + Shift + P)
Displays the command pallete where you can search for an action.
command palete

3. Crtl + B : Toggle the sidebar

(Mac: Cmd + B)
Show or hide the side bar where you can navigate through the explorer.
toggle sidebar

4. Ctrl+Shift+E : Move to Explorer window

(Mac: Cmd + Shift + E)
Move to Explorer window where you have your file tree and can navigate using the arrow keys.
move to explorer

5. Ctrl + Shift + M : Quickly shows errors and warnings

(Mac: Cmd + Shift + M)
Everybody likes bug-free code. This command shows the problems panel where you can see identified errors and warnings.
errors

6. Ctrl + Shift + L: Multi cursor selection

(Mac: Cmd + Shift + L)
Add additional cursors to edit all occurrences of the current selection. Usually less error-prone than doing search and replace all.
multiselect

7. Ctrl + D : One by one selection

(Mac: Cmd+D)
Similar to the previous one, but use Ctrl + D if you want to add the occurrences of the current selection one by one. Each time you press the key combination it adds a new occurrence to the selection.
one-select

8. Ctrl+/ : Toggle line comment

(Mac: Cmd+/)
Toggle between commented and uncommented line behavior.
toggle comment

9. Ctrl + Shift + I: Formats the entire file

(Mac: Shift + Option + F, Windows: Windows Shift + Alt + F)
Formats the entire active file or prompts you to install a Formatter extension. I use Prettier extension to format JS code
format

10. Alt + Up or Alt + Down: Move line

(Mac: Opt+Down or Opt+Up)
Pretty straightforward. Move line up and down.
move

Bonus: Wrap with Abbreviation.

Helps you add that missing div tag to an HTML block for example. It is not enabled by default, you need to do it in keyboard shortcuts preferences. Use shortcut 2 listed here (yeah \0/) -> type Preferences:Open Keyboard Shortcuts -> search for Emmet: Wrap with Abbreviation -> choose a key to bind it. I use Alt + M.
wrap

Honarable mention:

Ctrl + Space : Show Suggestions
Shows suggestions to quickly fill properties and other stuff.
suggest

 

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Camilo Martinez • Edited

Excellent recommendations! I would like to add this information:

  • ctrl+i also does the same as ctrl+space it was introduced recently.
  • When using ctrl+d and select more elements than expected, you can undo selections with ctrl+u
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Stan

Thanks! I always wondered about undoing selections when I got too much.

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Andrei Gatej

Thanks for sharing! Didn't know about Wrap with Abbreviation, that's cool.

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Mostafiz Rahman

This is also useful:

cmd + j to toggle Terminal/Output/Debug Console view

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Mariana Simon

Nice addition. Thanks, Mostafiz!

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Josef Wittmann • Edited

Fold that stuff! 😄

Have a look at the folding/unfolding shortcuts (I can't post them here, because of my German keyboard). Especailly those which allow you to fold/unfold at your current position. That makes navigating new projects so much easier.

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kiranjd • Edited

Fold everything: cmd/ctrl + k then 0

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Alex Ágreda

Ctrl + Shift + [ to fold
Ctrl + Shift + ] to unfold

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laxcivo

thanks. While not a shortcut, for errors, Error Lens is amazing! One of the best VS Code extensions.

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Mariana Simon

True! I love it too

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Lokesh Senthilkumar

shift+alt+down to copy the current line

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Mariana Simon

Good one 👍

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piotrnajda3000

Ctrl + K then V for Markdown preview / edit in split view.

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Vincent Amstoutz

Very interesting, I did not know them all, thanks ! 👍🙂

Also, I often use Ctrl + G to go to a particluar number of line.

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Mariana Simon

Nice. I didn't know about this one 👍

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Cody Tilkins

I swapped ctrl + d and ctrl + shift + d to delete line and duplicate line. I don't make that much use of selecting one by one. I use ctrl + shift + L which selects all alike more.

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Mariana Simon

Nice tip! Thanks, Cody

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qq449245884

Dear Mariana Simon Paixao,may I translate your article into Chinese?I would like to share it with more developers in China. I will give the original author and original source.

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Mariana Simon

Hi there! Sure, I don't see any problem if you include the original author and source. Can you send me a link when you do so? I have Chinese friends and would like to share with them :)

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qq449245884

no problem!

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max

Learned a few more. Thanks a lot ;)

Format all file instead of Palette > Reindent. that's cool

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Aman Chourasia

Great! 👏

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Mariana Simon

Thanks, Aman!

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Designer Anna

Shortcut to move line is my fav.
Thanks to share all these shortcuts. 😇

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piotrnajda3000

Ctrl + Shift + K for removing a line!

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Logan Liffick

Wrap with abbreviation is a game changer, great list!

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Mariana Simon

Thanks, Logan!