Vs Code one tip a week: code folding

Code folding can make browsing long files easier. When we’re trying to focus on the big picture without being distracted by smaller details code folding can be an invaluable aid.

This is an effort to learn how to get the best out of Vs Code keyboard shortcuts without feeling overwhelmed.

Learning how to use our favourite IDE without a mouse can make a big difference. Since an extension like the amazing Key Promoter for Jetbrains seems to be far from being a reality for now at least, I started collecting my favourite keyboard tricks in bite sized chunks.

The idea is simple: find one tip you like, practice it the whole week until you’ve really mastered it and made it part of your workflow and then move to the next one.

To fold a block

⌘ + OPTION + [

To unfold it:

⌘ + OPTION + ]

Users of Vs Code with Vim extensions

The above command will work for all users of VsCode. Those using a vim emulation extension like VsCodeVim or amVim will have an extra pair of shortcuts to choose from.

To fold a block, switch to normal mode and:

z + c

Where “c” stands for “close”.

To unfold:

z + o

Where “o” stands for “open”.

Further shortcuts

Note that you can also fold and unfold an entire file, but I find that less useful and never really felt the need to memorise that shortcut combination.

Written on July 26, 2019