Notes to Self

Alex Sokolsky's Notes on Computers and Programming

Visual Studio Code Keyboard Bindings in Windows

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Key Action
Ctrl+Shift+P, F1 Show Command Palette
Ctrl+P Quick Open, Go to File…
Ctrl+Shift+N New window/instance
Ctrl+W Close window/instance
Ctrl+, User Settings
Ctrl+K Ctrl+S Keyboard Shortcuts

Basic editing

Key Action
Ctrl+X Cut line (empty selection)
Ctrl+C Copy line (empty selection)
Alt+ ↓ / ↑ Move line down/up
Shift+Alt+ ↓ / ↑ Copy line up/down
Ctrl+Shift+K Delete line
Ctrl+Enter /
Insert line below / above
Ctrl+Shift+\ Jump to matching bracket
Ctrl+ ] / [ Indent/Outdent line
Home / End Go to beginning/end of line
Ctrl+ Home / End Go to beginning/end of file
Ctrl+ ↑ / ↓ Scroll line up/down
Alt+ PgUp / PgDn Scroll page up/down
Ctrl+Shift+ [ / ] Fold/unfold region
Ctrl+K Ctrl+ [ / ] Fold/unfold all subregions
Ctrl+K Ctrl+0 /
Ctrl+K Ctrl+J
Fold/Unfold all regions
Ctrl+K Ctrl+C Add line comment
Ctrl+K Ctrl+U Remove line comment
Ctrl+/ Toggle line comment
Ctrl+Shift+A Toggle block comment
Alt+Z Toggle word wrap
Key Action
Ctrl+T Show all Symbols
Ctrl+G Go to Line…
Ctrl+P Go to File…
Ctrl+Shift+O Go to Symbol…
Ctrl+Shift+M Show Problems panel
F8 Go to next error or warning
Shift+F8 Go to previous error or warning
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Navigate editor group history
Alt+ ← / → Go back / forward
Ctrl+M Toggle Tab moves focus

Search & Replace

Key Action
Ctrl+F Find
Ctrl+H Replace
F3 / Shift+F3 Find next/previous
Alt+Enter Select all occurrences of Find match
Ctrl+D Add selection to next Find match
Ctrl+K Ctrl+D Move last selection to next Find match
Alt+C / R / W Toggle case-sensitive / regex / whole word

Multi-cursor and selection

Key Action
Alt+Click Insert cursor
Ctrl+Alt+ ↑ / ↓ Insert cursor above/below
Ctrl+U Undo last cursor operation
Shift+Alt+I Insert cursor at end of each line selected
Ctrl+L Select current line
Ctrl+Shift+L Select all occurrences of current selection
Ctrl+F2 Select all occurrences of current word
Shift+Alt + → / ← Expand / Shrink selection
Shift+Alt + drag mouse Column (box) selection
Ctrl+Shift+Alt+(arrow key) Column (box) selection
Ctrl+Shift+Alt+PgUp / PgDn Column (box) selection page up/down

Rich languages editing

Key Action
Ctrl+Space, Ctrl+I Trigger suggestion
Ctrl+Shift+Space Trigger parameter hints
Ctrl+Shift+F Format document
Ctrl+K Ctrl+F Format selection
F12 Go to Definition
Alt+F12 Peek Definition
Ctrl+K F12 Open Definition to the side
Ctrl+. Quick Fix
Shift+F12 Show References
F2 Rename Symbol
Ctrl+K Ctrl+X Trim trailing whitespace
Ctrl+K M Change file language

Editor management

Key Action
Ctrl+W Close editor
Ctrl+K F Close folder
Ctrl+\ Split editor
Ctrl+ 1 / 2 / 3 Focus on editor group 1 / 2 / 3
Ctrl+K Ctrl+ → / ← Focus into next/prev editor group
Ctrl+Shift+ PgDn/PgUp Move editor right/left
Ctrl+K → / ← Move active editor group right-down/left-up

File management

Key Action
Ctrl+N New File
Ctrl+O Open File…
Ctrl+S Save
Ctrl+Shift+S Save As…
Ctrl+K S Save All
Ctrl+W Close
Ctrl+K Ctrl+W Close All
Ctrl+Shift+T Reopen closed editor
Ctrl+K Enter Keep preview mode editor open
Ctrl+Tab Open next
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Open previous
Ctrl+K P Copy path of active file
Ctrl+K R Reveal active file in Explorer
Ctrl+K O Show active file in new window/instance


Key Action
F11 Toggle full screen
Shift+Alt+0 Toggle editor layout (horizontal/vertical)
Ctrl+ = / - Zoom in/out
Ctrl+B Toggle Sidebar visibility
Ctrl+Shift+E Show Explorer / Toggle focus
Ctrl+Shift+F Show Search
Ctrl+Shift+G Show Source Control
Ctrl+Shift+D Show Debug
Ctrl+Shift+X Show Extensions
Ctrl+Shift+H Replace in files
Ctrl+Shift+J Toggle Search details
Ctrl+Shift+U Show Output panel
Ctrl+Shift+V Open Markdown preview
Ctrl+K V Open Markdown preview to the side
Ctrl+K Z Zen Mode (Esc Esc to exit)


Key Action
F9 Toggle breakpoint
F5 Start / Continue
F11 / Shift+F11 Step into/out
F10 Step over
Shift+F5 Stop
Ctrl+K Ctrl+I Show hover

Integrated terminal

Key Action
Ctrl+` Show integrated terminal
Ctrl+Shift+` Create new terminal
Ctrl+C Copy selection
Ctrl+V Paste into active terminal
Ctrl+ ↑/↓ Scroll up/down
Shift+ PgUp / PgDn Scroll page up/down
Ctrl+ Home / End Scroll to top/bottom