Secret VS Code tricks you need to know!

Manpreet Singh
3 min readAug 1, 2021

Welcome back! VS Code (Visual Studio Code) is an awesome text editor used by tons of people, so let’s talk about some of the best secret tricks you should use within VS Code!

Zen Mode

Starting off we have Zen Mode, this essentially removes a lot of the distractions from your view in VS Code. In order to access this specific view, you want to click on View > Appearance > Toggle Zen Mode, zen mode will then be toggled on:

Fast Scrolling

Another awesome trick within VS Code is fast scrolling, this allows you to quickly scroll within your editor. To do this trick, all you need to do is hold down ALT while scrolling, the default setting for the fast scrolling is 5X.

GitHub Copilot

Next up we have an insane package, GitHub Copilot. This specific package isn’t really available to everyone just yet (it should be available to everyone soon), this package allows you to autocomplete portions of your code! Check out the link below to learn more:

Command Palette

Next up we have command palette, a very cool trick that allows you to easily find certain commands by typing instead of searching. To access this specific toggle you want to click on CTRL + SHIFT + P.

Bracket Pair Colorizer

Next up we have another package, this time it’s Bracket Pair Colorizer, another awesome package for VS Code. This specific package allows for colorizing brackets in your code! Check out the link below to learn more: