7 VS Code Tricks you should Definitely Know 😍

Tapajyoti Bose
3 min readMay 28, 2023

Want to be a VS Code Pro?

Here are 7 VS Code Tricks you should Definitely Know, which will undoubtedly take your productivity to the Moon πŸš€πŸŒ•!

1. Sticky Scroll

Do you often get lost while scrolling through a long file?

Sticky Scroll to the rescue! It shows you the functions/class you are in at the top of the screen, so you never get lost again!

You can enable it by going to Settings and searching for Sticky Scroll.

Or if are a nerd at heart, add the following to your settings.json file:

"editor.stickySrcoll.enabled": true

2. Command Palette

Need to execute a command fast? Command Palette is there to help!

Just use the shortcut & select the command you need

Windows: Ctrl + Shift + P

Mac: Cmd + Shift + P

3. Custom Snippets

Find yourself rewriting the same code over and over and yet over again? With Custom Snippets you can automate that!

There are dedicated articles on how to write your own snippets.

You can find them here: https://tapajyoti-bose.medium.com/how-pros-automate-repetitive-code-using-vs-code-28ba8c669047

4. File Finder

Just like the Command Palette, Go to File is a handy feature to quickly open a file.

Here are the shortcuts:

Windows: Ctrl + P

Mac: Cmd + P

5. Insider Version

Did you know you can try out the latest features of VS Code before they are released?

The Insiders version is updated every day with the latest features, and you can download it from here: https://code.visualstudio.com/insiders/

6. Go to Symbol

Go to Symbol is another handy feature to quickly jump to a function/class in a file.

Windows: Ctrl + Shift + O

Mac: Cmd + Shift + O

7. Check out file changes

By default VS Code ships with a timeline feature, which shows you all the changes you have made to a file.

No more scrambling through git logs to find out what was changed!

That’s all folks! πŸŽ‰

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