If I knew about these coding tricks earlier in my career, it would have saved me sooo much time. Here are 5 advanced copy and pasting tips that you can use to work smarter and more efficiently.
You can follow along with the sample dataset below, or better yet, try it with your own data. FYI— I’m using Mac and Visual Studio Code, but feel free to use other OS and text editors.
My objective is to add the
<li> tag in front of every row. Instead of doing it the old fashion way of copy and pasting multiple times, I do it once with the help of vertical selection.
hold shift + option + cmd + arrow direction
Another way to add value to the start of every row is by using regex
(.*). This is built into most text editors and can be found in the find feature.
Regex or regular expression is a sequence of characters that define a search pattern.
1. Open Find and Replace 2. Enable regex .* 3. Enter ^ in Find 4. Enter value in replace 5. Execute
What if I want to add the closing tag at the end of every row? To do so, I would also use regex, but with a different search pattern.
1. Open Find and Replace 2. Enable regex .* 3. Enter $ in Find 4. Enter value in replace 5. Execute
What happens if I want to quickly rearrange my data? Again, I can use the traditional cut and paste or highlighting and dragging with the mouse... but there is a faster way.
hold option + arrow direction
This last tip is one of my favorites. Instead of copy and pasting and entering new lines in between, I can quickly duplicate the values with a simple shortcut key.
hold shift + option + arrow direction
Copy and pasting stuff is great. Regex and advanced keyboard shortcuts takes it to another level. Have another tip for coders to increase productivity? Leave a comment below.
Remember folks: work smarter, not harder.
Thanks for reading! Originally posted on The Startup.