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Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheet (Windows,Mac & Linux)

Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcuts

Visual Studio Code – Code Editing Redefined

It does exactly what it quotes. I can say this visual studio code is a combination of classic lightweight text editor and Microsoft visual studio IDE.

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.

Here I am listing down all the keyboard shortcuts and cheats of Visual Studio Code editor Windows, Mac and Linux Operating systems. Give a shot.

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:

 

PurposeWindows ShortcutMac ShortcutLinux 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:

 

PurposeWindows ShortcutMac ShortcutLinux 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:

 

PurposeWindows ShortcutMac ShortcutLinux 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:

 

PurposeWindows ShortcutMac ShortcutLinux 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:

 

PurposeWindows ShortcutMac ShortcutLinux 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:

 

PurposeWindows ShortcutMac ShortcutLinux 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:

 

PurposeWindows ShortcutMac ShortcutLinux 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 ← / →

 

Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcuts
Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcuts

 

File management Shortcuts:

 

PurposeWindows ShortcutMac ShortcutLinux 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 O

Display Shortcuts:

 

PurposeWindows ShortcutMac ShortcutLinux 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:

 

PurposeWindows ShortcutMac ShortcutLinux 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:

 

PurposeWindows ShortcutMac ShortcutLinux 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

Changing Keyboard Shortcuts for Visual Studio Code:

 

Open Visual Studio Code and navigate to File>>Preferences>>Keyboard Shortcut

Open Visual Studio Code Keyboard ShortCuts
Open Visual Studio Code Keyboard ShortCuts

Click on edit keybindings.json You will see two files Default bindings and keybindings.json side by side as shown below.

Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcut Window
Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcut Window

 

Custom Keyboard Bindings
Custom Keyboard Bindings

 

And now click on define keybindings

 

new Keyboard Shortcut
new Keyboard Shortcut

I am adding “Ctrl+a” shortcut to open a file by adding below json setting in keybindings.json file

[{

"key": "ctrl+a",

"command": "workbench.action.files.openFile",

"when": "editorLangId == typescript"

}]

 

And property “when” is optional. For instance, The new command to open a file Ctrl+a applicable only when language is typescript.

Now Ctrl+a and Ctrl+o both can be used to open a file (If the language is typescript).

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