Created by Manuel Lorenz
Last Updated on May 24, 2018

# Visual Studio Code Introduction

In this video we’ll get started with Visual Studio Code, explore its core features, have a look at some extensions & settings, have a look at how we can customize Visual Studio Code and a lot more!

To get you started, this article also comes with some (hopefully) helpful shortcuts that will help you to quickly become familiar with the VS code interface.

# 10 Selected Shortcuts & Where to Configure Them

Writing Code is a lot of fun in VS Code, but knowing some shortcuts definitely improves our code writing experience. Let’s have a look at some common features we regularly use, their corresponding shortcuts and how to configure these.

You can search for the commands listed in this article in the Keyboard Shortcuts menu. To enter this, simply press and hold CMD and enter K + S on the keyboard.

**Note for Windows users: **

This article will list the shortcuts for macOS. I always added the corresponding command name, so to find the shortcut on Windows machines, just open the Keyboard Shortcuts menu (hold CTRL and enter + K + S) and search for the command name.

# General

Command: Show All Commands (opens the command palette)

Shortcut: SHIFT + CMD + P


Command: Toggle Integrated Terminal (opens the integrated terminal)

Shortcut: SHIFT + CTRL + ´

# Coding

Command: Add Selection to Next Find Match (select next matching code)

Shortcut: CMD + D


Command: Add Cursor Above

Shortcut: ALT + CMD + Up Arrow Key


Command: Add Cursor Below

Shortcut: ALT + CMD + Down Arrow Key


Command: Format Document (format entire code page => Depending on the programming language, you might have to install an extension to activate this feature)

Shortcut: SHIFT + ALT + F


Command: Toggle Line Comment (comment out the selected code lines)

Shortcut: SHIFT + CMD + 7


Command: Toggle Block Comment (comment out the selected code block)

Shortcut: CMD + ALT + A

# Project Management

Command: Open Next Recently Used Editor in Group (switch between files in current project)

Shortcut: CTRL + TAB


Command: Open Recent… (switch between projects)

Shortcut: CTRL + R


Another big help is the Keyboard Shortcut Reference. Just open the Command Palette and enter Keyboard Shortcuts Reference to open the corresponding .pdf file.

I hope this little overview helps you to get started with Visual Studio Code easily!