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What are your top three vscode configurations?

Michael Z
Software writer
・1 min read

For me it is all about reducing the noise! There are some basic things like the fact that I almost never have two different files open side by side, but here are my favorite configurations:

Increased line height

I like giving each line some space to breathe. I currently have the line height set to 44, but I like to play with the number every now and then.

Move side bar to the right

I figured, I usually don't need the available space on the right side, my code is mostly on the left side after all, only that the side bar is also on the left side. With the sidebar on the right, it is no longer in the way. The screenshot illustrates this nicely.

file utils

One of my favorite extensions. It's just so nice not having to pick up the mouse or writing out the commands in the terminal.


There are more things like font ligatures, disabling the minimap, the material icon theme or zen mode, but the three above make my top three.

What are yours? I would love to hear how you configure your editor!

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Calvin Mills

Adding the prettier extension and setting the formatOnSave option in the editor config. By definition prettier is "opinionated" so be ready for some formatting you may not agree with at first whenever you save, however, I find that the benefit of not having to think about what is the "right" way to format your code makes me so much more productive.

It also really helps in a team setting to have a consistent formatting tool/approach in order to increase to the transfer-ability of code between team members.

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Sean • Edited

Not a setting, but I like toggling the activity bar. This was the shortcut that brought me over from Atom.

{
  "key": "cmd+b",
  "command": "workbench.action.toggleActivityBarVisibility"
}

Settings Sync is also essential so I don't have to spend hours tweaking my settings to be consistent every time I get a new work computer.