Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcuts

Visual Code

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Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows:

General Commands:

CommandsUses For
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 Commands:

CommandsUses for
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


CommandsUses For
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

Search & Replace:

CommandsUses For
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 & 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
Ctrl+Shift+Alt + (arrow key) Column (box) selection
Ctrl+Shift+Alt +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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