Here are some settings that I change when I install VS Code on a new computer.
Change these by searching for them in the settings UI (
Ctrl-comma on Windows or
⌘-, on Mac). Or open the JSON and paste them in; access the JSON from the command palette (
Ctrl-Shift-P) by searching for
Preferences: Open Settings (JSON).
Please save my files.
Please format my files. This only works on files associated with an installed formatter extension.
My screen is too small to want this miniaturized representation of my file at the right.
goodbye activity bar
Those buttons on the left, I can get to them from the menu. Give me real estate.
Another thing to know, especially when you have the activity bar off: the Explorer window (or Debug, or Extensions, or whichever you have open) toggles with
⌘-B 0n Mac).
Explorer window opens with
⌘-shift-e on a Mac).
I like the title of my window to be only the filename. And I think this gives some indication of whether it needs saved.
open projects in their own window
At a command line (outside VSCode), when I type
code . please open a new VSCode window. Do not add this folder to an existing, open project.
Also, make it big.
stop it with popping stuff up all the time
Especially when live coding, I don’t want stuff popping up on my cursor all day. It bothers me.
no carriage returns please
On Windows, when creating a new file, please don’t use carriage returns in the line endings. We don’t need those anymore.
all together now
Here are all of them in one cut-and-paste-able block for my next settings.json.