Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcut For Windows


In this article, we will learn some Visual Studio Code keyboard shortcuts while working on a Windows machine. Visual Studio Code keyboard shortcuts are helpful to the developers in working faster and more efficiently and for boosting their working performance. Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keys that provide an alternative way to do something. These shortcuts can provide an easier and quicker method of using Visual Studio Code.
Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcut For Windows 
I have categorized all the shortcut keys into the following categories.
  • General Shortcuts
  • Basic Editing Shortcuts
  • Navigation Shortcuts
  • Toggle Tab Moves focusShortcuts
  • Multi-Cursor and selectionShortcuts
  • Rich Languages EditingShortcuts
  • Editor ManagementShortcuts
  • File ManagementShortcuts
  • DebugShortcuts
  • Integrated terminal Shortcuts
We can also check all shortcuts keys using the following command. 
  1. Ctrl+k Ctrl+S  
or like this -
Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcut For Windows
Visual Studio Code Keyboard Shortcut For Windows
General Shortcuts
Shortcut Key Descriptions
Ctrl+Shift+P, F1 Show Command Palette
Ctrl+P Quick Open, Go to File
Ctrl+Shift+N New window
Ctrl+Shift+W Close window
Ctrl+, User Settings
Ctrl+K Ctrl+S Keyboard Shortcuts
Basic Editing Shortcuts
Shortcut Key Descriptions
Ctrl+X Cut line
Ctrl+C Copy line
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
Navigation Shortcuts
Shortcut Key Descriptions
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 the next error
Shift+F8 Go to previous error
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Navigate editor group history
Alt+ ← / → Go back / forward
Ctrl+M Toggle Tab moves the focus
Toggle Tab moves focus Shortcuts
Shortcut Key Descriptions
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 and selection Shortcuts
Shortcut Key Descriptions
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+I Select current line
Ctrl+Shift+L Select all occurrences of the current selection
Ctrl+F2 Select all occurrences of the current word
Shift+Alt+→ Expand selection
Shift+Alt+← Shrink selection
Editor Management Shortcuts
Shortcut Key Descriptions
Ctrl+F4, Ctrl+W Close editor
Ctrl+K F Close folder
Ctrl+\ Split editor
Ctrl+ 1 / 2 / 3 Focus into 1 st, 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 Shortcuts
Shortcut Key Descriptions
Ctrl+N New File
Ctrl+O Open File
Ctrl+S Save
Ctrl+Shift+S Save
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 an active file
Ctrl+K R Reveal active file in Explorer
Ctrl+K O Show active file in a new window/instance
Debug Shortcuts
Shortcut Key Descriptions
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 Shortcuts 
Shortcut Key Descriptions
Ctrl+` Show integrated terminal
Ctrl+Shift+` Create a new terminal
Ctrl+C Copy selection
Ctrl+V Paste into an active terminal
Ctrl+↑ / ↓ Scroll up/down
Shift+PgUp / PgDn Scroll page up/down
Ctrl+Home / End Scroll to the top/bottom


In this article, we learned about the Visual Studio Code keyboard shortcuts. I hope this will help you developers in boosting up your performance.

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