Visual Studio Code is an editor first and foremost and includes the features you need for highly productive source code editing.
Visual Studio Code supports multiple cursors for fast simultaneous edits. You can add secondary cursors (rendered thinner) with Alt+Click. Each cursor operates independently based on the context it sits in. A common way to add more cursors is with
Ctrl+Alt+Up that insert cursors below or above.
Ctrl+D selects the word at the cursor or the next occurrence of the current selection.
You can quickly shrink or expand the current selection using
To use column box selection, place the cursor in one corner and then hold |Shift+Alt| while dragging to the opposite corner.
There are also default key bindings for column selection on macOS and Windows, but not on Linux.
|Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Down||Column Select Down||cursorColumnSelectDown|
|Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Up||Column Select Up||cursorColumnSelectUp|
|Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Left||Column Select Left||cursorColumnSelectLeft|
|Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Right||Column Select Right||cursorColumnSelectRight|
|Ctrl+Shift+Alt+PageDown||Column Select Page Down||cursorColumnSelectPageDown|
|Ctrl+Shift+Alt+PageUp||Column Select Page Up||cursorColumnSelectPageUp|
You can edit your
keybindings.json to bind them to something more familiar if you wish.
By default, Visual Studio Code requires an explicit action to save your changes to disk,
Ctrl+S or use the File > Save menu option.
For more control over Auto Save, open User or Workspace settings and find the associated settings.
You will see that the Auto Save drop-down has the following values.
The Auto Save Delay configures the delay in milliseconds when Auto Save is configured to afterDelay. The default is 1000 ms.