VSCode Config

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So I have been using Cherrytree for a long time, but recently wanted to try out VSCode. Here is where I will keep my VSCode Settings over time. I exported all notes to a directory. Then used powershell to bulk rename all .txt to .md - see here

To Resolve:

  1. Keyboard shortcuts

    • Ctrl+Shift+p - Brings up search menu

    • Basic
    • shift+alt+f - format code (best feature in vscode!!)
    • shift+alt+up/down - Copy line
    • ctrl+end - go to end of file/ ctrl+home - go to beginning of file
    • alt+z - toggle line wrap
    • ctrl+x - No selection / cut line - same for copy and ctrl+c
    • Ctrl+Shift+v - In the editor, this allows you see your markdown in another tab

    • Cursors
    • Ctrl+Alt+up/down - Insert cursor above/below
    • shift+alt+i - Insert cursor at end of each line selected
    • Alt+Click - Add new cursor

    • Find / Replace
    • Ctrl+Shift+f - This searches all files. Just remember to put ./_notes in the includes if you want to search by folder
    • Ctrl+Shift+h - Same but replace
  2. Extensions (as of 2019-06):

    • Linux Themes for VS Code
      • Preferred theme - ‘Monokai Dimmed’
    • Markdown All in one
      • So that you can use shortcuts to like Ctrl+B to bold something
    • Markdown PDF
      • Print PDFs from .md files
    • Paste Image
      • Allows you to paste from clipboard using Ctrl+Alt+V
    • Powershell
      • Auto format code using Ctrl+Alt+F
      • Auto linting
    • Puppet
      • Auto linting
    • vscode-fileheader
      • Press Ctrl+Alt+i to insert a header to a file
    • vscode-icons
      • Preferred icon theme
    • Insert DateString
      • Adds date by Ctrl+Shift+i and full date by Ctrl+Shift+Alt+i
  3. Extensions - Config

    • Configure vscode-fileheader
    "fileheader.tpl": "---\r\n@Author: {author}\r\n@Date: {createTime}\r\n@Last Modified by: {lastModifiedBy}\r\n@Last Modified time: {updateTime}\r\n---\r\n\r\n",
    "fileheader.LastModifiedBy": "Gerry Williams",
    "fileheader.Author": "Gerry Williams",
    • Now, when you press Ctrl+Alt+i you get the following at the top of your file:
    @Author: Gerry Williams
    @Date: 2019-06-03 13:26:12
    @Last Modified by: Gerry Williams
    @Last Modified time: 2019-06-03 13:26:12
  4. settings.json (User/Workspace) - VS Code provides two different scopes for settings:
    • User Settings - Settings that apply globally to any instance of VS Code you open.
    • Workspace Settings - Settings stored inside your workspace and only apply when the workspace is opened.
    • Note: Workspace settings override user settings.
    // Place your settings in this file to overwrite the default settings
       "files.hotExit": "off",
    • Workspace:
    // Place your settings in this file to overwrite the default settings
    "editor.acceptSuggestionOnEnter": "off",
        "editor.autoClosingBrackets": "never",
        "editor.codeLens": false,
        "editor.cursorStyle": "line",
        "editor.foldingStrategy": "indentation",
        "explorer.confirmDelete": false,
        "explorer.confirmDragAndDrop": false,
        "files.autoSave": "afterDelay",
        "files.autoSaveDelay": 2000,
        "files.eol": "\n",
        "git.autofetch": true,
        "git.enableSmartCommit": true,
        "git.fetchOnPull": true,
        "powershell.codeFormatting.preset": "Allman",
        "terminal.integrated.cursorStyle": "underline",
        "workbench.colorTheme": "Monokai Dimmed",
        "workbench.iconTheme": "vscode-icons",
        "fileheader.tpl": "---\r\n@Author: {author}\r\n@Date: {createTime}\r\n@Last Modified by: {lastModifiedBy}\r\n@Last Modified time: {updateTime}\r\n---\r\n\r\n",
        "fileheader.LastModifiedBy": "Gerry Williams",
        "fileheader.Author": "Gerry Williams",
        "breadcrumbs.enabled": false,
        "workbench.sideBar.location": "left",
        "window.zoomLevel": 0,
        "[shellscript]": {
            "editor.defaultFormatter": "foxundermoon.shell-format"
        "python.pythonPath": "c:\\_gwill\\google\\scripts\\python\\python36\\python",
        "python.linting.pylintEnabled": true,
        "python.linting.pep8Enabled": false,
        "python.linting.enabled": true,
        "python.formatting.provider": "yapf",
        "explorer.autoReveal": false,
        "insertDateString.format": "YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssZZZ",
        "insertDateString.formatDate": "YYYY-MM-DD",
  5. keybindings.json - Preferences: Open Keyboard Shortcuts File (json)

    // Place your key bindings in this file to overwrite the defaults
    // Place your key bindings in this file to overwrite the defaults
          "key": "ctrl+n",
          "command": "explorer.newFile",
          "when": "explorerViewletFocus"
          "key": "ctrl+shift+i",
          "command": "-workbench.action.toggleDevTools",
          "when": "isDevelopment"
          "key": "ctrl+shift+i",
          "command": "-insertDateString.insertDateTime",
          "when": "editorTextFocus"
          "key": "ctrl+shift+i",
          "command": "insertDateString.insertDate"
  6. Dont forget - Create VSCode PS profile: Microsoft.VSCode_profile.ps1 in C:\users\username\Documents\WindowsPowershell