The Top VS Code Shortcuts for Enhanced Productivity

Are you using Visual Studio Code (VS Code) daily? If yes, then you should consider learning some shortcuts. These shortcuts can significantly improve your productivity without switching windows or tabs.

VS Code Shortcuts for Enhanced Productivity

VS Code

VS Code is a powerful code editor. Its features include syntax highlighting, code completion, debugging tools, Git support, and much more. This popular text editor is also free, open-source software developed by Microsoft.

There are tons of shortcuts available in VS Code. These shortcuts allow you to perform various tasks faster and easier. Here are seven of them that every developer should know.

VS Code Shortcuts


Ctrl+Shift+P, F1 Show Command Palette

Ctrl+P Quick Open, Go to File…

Ctrl+Shift+N New window/instance

Ctrl+Shift+W Close window/instance

Ctrl+, User Settings

Ctrl+K Ctrl+S Keyboard Shortcuts

Basic Editing

Ctrl+X Cut line (empty selection)

Ctrl+C Copy line (empty selection)

Alt+ ↑ / ↓ Move line up/down

Shift+Alt + ↓ / ↑ Copy line up/down

Ctrl+Shift+K Delete line

Ctrl+Enter Insert line below

Ctrl+Shift+Enter Insert line above

Ctrl+Shift+\ Jump to matching bracket

Ctrl+] / [ Indent/outdent line

Home / End Go to beginning/end of line

Ctrl+Home Go to beginning of file

Ctrl+End Go to end of file

Ctrl+↑ / ↓ Scroll line up/down

Alt+PgUp / PgDn Scroll page up/down

Ctrl+Shift+[ Fold (collapse) region

Ctrl+Shift+] Unfold (uncollapse) region

Ctrl+K Ctrl+[ Fold (collapse) all subregions

Ctrl+K Ctrl+] Unfold (uncollapse) all subregions

Ctrl+K Ctrl+0 Fold (collapse) all regions

Ctrl+K Ctrl+J Unfold (uncollapse) all regions

Ctrl+K Ctrl+C Add line comment

Ctrl+K Ctrl+U Remove line comment

Ctrl+/ Toggle line comment

Shift+Alt+A Toggle block comment

Alt+Z Toggle word wrap


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 and replace

Ctrl+F Find

Ctrl+H Replace

F3 / Shift+F3 Find next/previous

Alt+Enter Select all occurences 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

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 selection

Shift+Alt+← Shrink selection

Shift+Alt +

(drag mouse)

Column (box) selection


+ (arrow key)

Column (box) selection



+PgUp/PgDn Column (box) selection page up/down

Rich languages editing

Ctrl+Space, Ctrl+I Trigger suggestion

Ctrl+Shift+Space Trigger parameter hints

Shift+Alt+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

Ctrl+F4, Ctrl+W Close editor

Ctrl+K F Close folder

Ctrl+\ Split editor

Ctrl+ 1 / 2 / 3 Focus into 1st, 2nd or 3rd editor group

Ctrl+K Ctrl+ ←/→ Focus into previous/next editor group

Ctrl+Shift+PgUp / PgDn Move editor left/right

Ctrl+K ← / → Move active editor group

File management

Ctrl+N New File

Ctrl+O Open File...

Ctrl+S Save

Ctrl+Shift+S Save As...

Ctrl+K S Save All

Ctrl+F4 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


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)


F9 Toggle breakpoint

F5 Start/Continue

Shift+F5 Stop

F11 / Shift+F11 Step into/out

F10 Step over

Ctrl+K Ctrl+I Show hover

Integrated terminal

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

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