Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcut (IDE)

This blog is used for have a reference for all common shortcut key on VSCode.

Most of the material, I have referred to the URL ( https://www.arungudelli.com/microsoft/visual-studio-code-keyboard-shortcut-cheat-sheet-windows-mac-linux/ ).

VS Code is a type of tool that combines the simplicity of a code editor with what developers need for their core edit-build-debug cycle. It provides comprehensive editing and debugging support, an extensibility model, and lightweight integration with existing tools.

VS Code is updated monthly with new features and bug fixes. You can download it for Windows, macOS, and Linux on VS Code’s website. To get the latest releases every day, you can install the Insiders version of VS Code. This builds from the master branch and is updated daily at the very least.

It’s free, open-source and cross-platform.

Most of the developers around the world started using Visual Studio Code. It’s good to know some useful keyboard shortcuts for this beautiful editor.

Famous IDE Editor

  • Visual Studio Code
  • Atom
  • Sublime Text
  • Source Insight
  • Eclipse

Most of the developers around the world started using Visual Studio Code. It’s good to know some useful keyboard shortcuts for this beautiful editor.

The good thing is if you are familiar with other text editors like sublime, vim, atom, eclipse etc. You can install corresponding editor keyboard bindings through extensions. there are lots of extensions available for keyboard mappings

Open Visual Studio Code and

Navigate to File->Preferences->Keymap Extensions  install your choice of keymappings.

You can press Ctrl+Shift+P or F1 (windows and Linux users) and ⇧⌘P or F1 (Mac users) to open the command Palette and search for required keyboard shortcuts.

And also we can add our own keyboard bindings, at the end of this post I will explain how to change keyboard shortcuts for visual studio code. We can customize bindings for language types also.

General Shortcuts:

Command ActionWindows keyboard ShortcutMac keyboard ShortcutLinux keyboard Shortcut
To Show Command PaletteCtrl+Shift+P, F1⇧⌘P, F1Ctrl+Shift+P, F1
To Open or Go to File…Ctrl+P⌘PCtrl+P
New visual code window or instance
Ctrl+Shift+N⇧⌘NCtrl+Shift+N
To Close window or instanceCtrl+Shift+W⌘WCtrl+Shift+W
To open User SettingsCtrl+,⌘,Ctrl+,
To open Keyboard Shortcuts
Ctrl+K Ctrl+S⌘K ⌘SCtrl+K Ctrl+S

Basic Editing Shortcuts:

Command ActionWindows Keyboard ShortcutMac Keyboard ShortcutLinux Keyboard Shortcut
Cut line (empty selection)Ctrl+X⌘XCtrl+X
Copy line (empty selection)
Ctrl+C⌘CCtrl+C
Move line up/down
Alt+ ↑ / ↓⌥↓ / ⌥↑Alt+ ↑ / ↓
Copy line up/down
Shift+Alt + ↓ / ↑⇧⌥↓ / ⇧⌥↑Shift+Alt + ↓ / ↑
Delete lineCtrl+Shift+K⇧⌘KCtrl+Shift+K
Insert line below
Ctrl+Enter⌘EnterCtrl+Enter
Insert line above
Ctrl+Shift+Enter⇧⌘EnterCtrl+Shift+Enter
Jump to matching bracketCtrl+Shift+\⇧⌘\Ctrl+Shift+\
Indent/outdent lineCtrl+] / [⌘] / ⌘[Ctrl+] / [
Go to beginning/end of lineHome / EndHome / EndHome / End
Go to beginning of fileCtrl+Home⌘↑Ctrl+Home
Go to end of file
Ctrl+End⌘↓Ctrl+End
Scroll line up/downCtrl+↑ / ↓⌃PgUp / ⌃PgDnCtrl+↑ / ↓
Scroll page up/down
Alt+PgUp / PgDn⌘PgUp /⌘PgDnAlt+PgUp / PgDn
Fold/unfold regionCtrl+Shift+ [ / ]⌥⌘[ / ⌥⌘]Ctrl+Shift+ [ / ]
Fold/unfold all subregionsCtrl+K Ctrl+ [ / ]⌘K ⌘[ / ⌘K ⌘]Ctrl+K Ctrl+ [ / ]
Fold/Unfold all regionsCtrl+K Ctrl+0 /
Ctrl+K Ctrl+J
⌘K ⌘0 / ⌘K ⌘JCtrl+K Ctrl+0 /
Ctrl+K Ctrl+J
Add line commentCtrl+K Ctrl+C⌘K ⌘CCtrl+K Ctrl+C
Remove line comment
Ctrl+K Ctrl+U⌘K ⌘UCtrl+K Ctrl+U
Toggle line comment
Ctrl+/⌘/Ctrl+/
Toggle block commentShift+Alt+A⇧⌥AShift+Alt+A
Toggle word wrapAlt+Z⌥ZAlt+Z

Navigation Shortcuts:

Command ActionWindows Keyboard ShortcutMac Keyboard ShortcutLinux Keyboard Shortcut
Show all Symbols
Ctrl+T⌘TCtrl+T
Go to Line…Ctrl+G⌃GCtrl+G
Go to File…Ctrl+P⌘PCtrl+P
Go to Symbol…
Ctrl+Shift+O⇧⌘OCtrl+Shift+O
Show Problems panel
Ctrl+Shift+M⇧⌘MCtrl+Shift+M
Go to next/previous error or warning
F8 /Shift+F8F8 / ⇧F8F8 /Shift+F8
Navigate editor group historyCtrl+Shift+Tab⌃⇧TabCtrl+Shift+Tab
Go back/forward
Alt+ ← / →⌃- / ⌃⇧-Alt+ ← / →
Toggle Tab moves focus
Ctrl+M⌃⇧MCtrl+M

Search and replace Shortcuts:

Command ActionWindows Keyboard ShortcutMac Keyboard ShortcutLinux Keyboard Shortcut
Find
Ctrl+F⌘FCtrl+F
Replace
Ctrl+H⌥⌘FCtrl+H
Find next/previousF3 / Shift+F3⌘G / ⇧⌘GF3 / Shift+F3
Select all occurrences of Find match
Alt+Enter⌥EnterAlt+Enter
Add selection to next Find matchCtrl+D⌘DCtrl+D
Move last selection to next Find match
Ctrl+K Ctrl+D⌘K ⌘DCtrl+K Ctrl+D

Multi-cursor and selection Shortcuts:

Command ActionWindows keyboard ShortcutMac keyboard ShortcutLinux keyboard Shortcut
Insert cursorAlt+Click⌥ + clickAlt+Click
Insert cursor above / belowShift+Alt+ ↑ / ↓⌥⌘↑ / ⌥⌘↓Shift+Alt+ ↑ / ↓
Undo last cursor operationCtrl+U⌘UCtrl+U
Insert cursor at end of each line selectedShift+Alt+I⇧⌥IShift+Alt+I
Select current line
Ctrl+I⌘ICtrl+I
Select all occurrences of current selection
Ctrl+Shift+L⇧⌘LCtrl+Shift+L
Select all occurrences of current word
Ctrl+F2⌘F2Ctrl+F2
Expand selectionShift+Alt+→⌃⇧⌘→Shift+Alt+→
Shrink selection
Shift+Alt+←⌃⇧⌘←Shift+Alt+←
Column (box) selectionShift+Alt +
(drag mouse) Or 
Ctrl+Shift+Alt
+ ↑ / ↓

⇧⌥ + (drag mouse) or ⇧⌥⌘↑ / ↓Shift+Alt +
(drag mouse) or Ctrl+Shift+Alt
+ ↑ / ↓
Column (box) selection page up/down
Ctrl+Shift+Alt
+PgUp/PgDn
⇧⌥⌘PgUp / PgDnCtrl+Shift+Alt
+PgUp/PgDn

Rich languages editing Shortcuts:

Command Action
Windows keyboard ShortcutMac keyboard ShortcutLinux keyboard Shortcut
Trigger suggestionCtrl+SpaceCtrl+Space
Trigger parameter hintsCtrl+Shift+SpaceCtrl+Shift+Space
Emmet expand abbreviationTabTab
Format document
Shift+Alt+FCtrl+Shift+I
Format selection
Ctrl+K Ctrl+FCtrl+K Ctrl+F
Go to DefinitionF12F12
Peek DefinitionAlt+F12Ctrl+Shift+F10
Open Definition to the side
Ctrl+K F12Ctrl+K F12
Quick Fix
Ctrl+.Ctrl+.
Show References
Shift+F12Shift+F12
Rename SymbolF2F2
Trim trailing whitespace
Ctrl+K Ctrl+XCtrl+K Ctrl+X
Change file language
Ctrl+K MCtrl+K M

Editor management Shortcuts:

Command Action
Windows keyboard ShortcutMac keyboard ShortcutLinux keyboard Shortcut
Close editor
Ctrl+F4, Ctrl+W⌘WCtrl+W
Close folderCtrl+K F⌘K FCtrl+K F
Split editorCtrl+\⌘\Ctrl+\
Focus into 1
st, 2nd or 3rd editor group
Ctrl+ 1 / 2 / 3⌘1 / ⌘2 / ⌘3Ctrl+ 1 / 2 / 3
Focus into previous/next editor group
Ctrl+K Ctrl+ ←/→⌘K ⌘← / ⌘K ⌘→Ctrl+K Ctrl+ ←/→
Move editor left/right
Ctrl+Shift+PgUp / PgDn⌘K ⇧⌘← / ⌘K ⇧⌘→Ctrl+Shift+PgUp / PgDn
Move active editor group
Ctrl+K ← / →⌘K ← / ⌘K →Ctrl+K ← / →

File management Shortcuts:

Command Action
Windows keyboard ShortcutMac keyboard ShortcutLinux keyboard Shortcut
New FileCtrl+N⌘NCtrl+N
Open File…
Ctrl+O⌘OCtrl+O
Save
Ctrl+S⌘SCtrl+S
Save As…Ctrl+Shift+S⇧⌘SCtrl+Shift+S
Save All
Ctrl+K S⌥⌘SCtrl+K S
Close / Close AllCtrl+F4 / Ctrl+K Ctrl+W⌘W / ⌘K ⌘WCtrl+W / Ctrl+K Ctrl+W
Reopen closed editor
Ctrl+Shift+T⇧⌘TCtrl+Shift+T
Keep preview mode editor open
Ctrl+K Enter⌘K EnterCtrl+K Enter
Open nextCtrl+Tab⌃TabCtrl+Tab
Open previousCtrl+Shift+Tab⌃⇧TabCtrl+Shift+Tab
Copy path of active fileCtrl+K P⌘K PCtrl+K P
Reveal active file in Explorer
Ctrl+K R⌘K RCtrl+K R
Show active file in new window/instance
Ctrl+K O⌘K OCtrl+K 

Display Shortcuts:

Command Action
Windows keyboard ShortcutMac keyboard ShortcutLinux keyboard Shortcut
Toggle full screen
F11⌃⌘FF11
Toggle editor layout (horizontal/vertical)Shift+Alt+1⌥⌘1Shift+Alt+1
Zoom in/out
Ctrl+ = / –⌘= / ⇧⌘-Ctrl+ = / –
Toggle Sidebar visibilityCtrl+B⌘BCtrl+B
Show Explorer / Toggle focus
Ctrl+Shift+E⇧⌘ECtrl+Shift+E
Show SearchCtrl+Shift+F⇧⌘FCtrl+Shift+F
Show Source ControlCtrl+Shift+G⌃⇧GCtrl+Shift+G
Show Debug
Ctrl+Shift+D⇧⌘DCtrl+Shift+D
Show Extensions
Ctrl+Shift+X⇧⌘XCtrl+Shift+X
Replace in filesCtrl+Shift+H⇧⌘HCtrl+Shift+H
Toggle Search details
Ctrl+Shift+J⇧⌘JCtrl+Shift+J
Show Output panelCtrl+Shift+U⇧⌘UCtrl+K Ctrl+H
Open Markdown previewCtrl+Shift+V⇧⌘VCtrl+Shift+V
Open Markdown preview to the sideCtrl+K V⌘K VCtrl+K V
Zen Mode (Esc Esc to exit)Ctrl+K Z⌘K ZCtrl+K Z

Debug Shortcuts:

Command Action
Windows keyboard ShortcutMac keyboard ShortcutLinux keyboard Shortcut
Toggle breakpointF9F9F9
Start/ContinueF5F5F5
StopShift+F5⇧F5Shift+F5
Step into/outF11 / Shift+F11F11 / ⇧F11F11 / Shift+F11
Step overF10F10F10
Show hoverCtrl+K Ctrl+I⌘K ⌘ICtrl+K Ctrl+I

Integrated terminal Shortcuts:

Command Action
Windows keyboard ShortcutMac keyboard ShortcutLinux keyboard Shortcut
Show integrated terminalCtrl+`⌃`Ctrl+`
Create new terminalCtrl+Shift+`⌃⇧`Ctrl+Shift+`
Copy selectionCtrl+C⌘CCtrl+C
Paste into active terminal
Ctrl+V⌘VCtrl+V
Scroll up/down
Ctrl+↑ / ↓⌘↑ / ↓Ctrl+↑ / ↓
Scroll page up/down
Shift+PgUp / PgDPgUp / PgDnShift+PgUp / PgD
Scroll to top/bottomCtrl+Home / End⌘Home / EndCtrl+Home / End

Reference:

https://www.arungudelli.com/microsoft/visual-studio-code-keyboard-shortcut-cheat-sheet-windows-mac-linux/

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