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Ivan Jeremic
Ivan Jeremic

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Boost your productivity by closing the VSCode Sidebar

I was one of those Developer who felt weird closing the Sidebar in VSCode I always needed to see my files all the time for some reason even if this made no sense while working on a problem, but one day I decided to start closing it while working on a feature/problem and it was hard for me for a few days but after I got used to having a closed sidebar my productivity skyrocketed.

How do I start?

I find what I need to work on and open multiple tabs side by side when needed then I close the sidebar and start working.

Another pro beside productivity was my eyes hurt way less and themes which where to noisy in colors for me and I couldn't use them are now no problem anymore and I enjoy them now.

Hope this will help some devs out there.

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codeyStein

I agree, I started by disabling my sidebar, then status bar, then activity bar, and basicly only had the actual editor, then found out about everything Vim had, and I know there are a lot of people with strong oppinions of Vim, but I'm really liking it so far.

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Abhyas Kanaujia

There's zen mode

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Lucia Cenetiempo

Yep and it’s all you need

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Yusuf Malikul Mulki

Never think that one will ever use it.
I use it now :)

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AbraaoAlves

Zen mode On

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Ben Sinclair

It's one of the reasons a file navigator like NERDTree is controversial in Vim. You don't need it for 99% of the things you do, it implies a relationship between itself and one of the files/views you have and it gets in the way.

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Emmie Päivärinta

I often use Zen mode (cmd+k cmd+z on mac), it's great when I just want to focus on one source file.

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Lucia Cenetiempo

I love the zen mode 😍 that helps me to stay focused on my tasks

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Abdur Rehman Khalid

That seems to be a good strategy I will try to do that with all of my projects and IDEs as well, thank you for short and great tip.