Using VSCode as a general purpose text editor

Using VSCode as my general purpose text editor

I recently started to test out VSCode as a general purpose text editor since it has a lot of plugin support for languages.
I never used Sublime or Atom before, so this is my first time encountering such a feature rich editor.
I’ll not try to cover all commands that this program offers, such as the complete command palette, but focus on things that I find awesome and plugins that I installed.
I have to say tho that I love the command palette which gives me all of the control via keyboard, I don’t have to use the mouse ever in VS Code, which I really welcome.

Writing Markdown

You can write Markdown with VSCode and pop up a preview window
with CTRL+K V which updates automatically.

Editing Markdown with preview in VS Code
Editing Markdown with preview in VS Code

As seen in the screencast there is also a spell checking plugin by Microsoft which supports a whitelist of words to mark words as okay and multiple languages.

Terminal inside of VSCode

Since VSCode 1.2 the terminal can be shown and used inside of VSCode as an integrated terminal.
It even works correctly with my fish-shell on Ubuntu and Powershell on Windows, including posh-git and PSReadline:

Integrated Terminal in Ubuntu
Integrated Terminal in Ubuntu

Integrated Terminal in Windows
Integrated Terminal in Windows

To get the Powershell instead of CMD there is one option to change:

"": "\\windows\\system32\\WindowsPowerShell\\v1.0\\powershell.exe"

Credit goes to Thomas Stringer

TODO list

I recently saw someone using Sublime Text and having a nice TODO-list with checkboxes etc. and I was curious if there was a plugin for this for VSCode.

I found todotasks, which supports writing TODO-lists in plain text files (nice for versioning) and different coloring for importance of a task.


Vim support

No editor should miss an addon for Vim-style editing ­čÖé . VS Code has, at this time of writing, 3 addons to accomplish this.
I found the best to be vimStyle, which sadly won’t include the : commands, but the most things for navigating through and manipulating text are working.


I’m using VS-Code at the moment to program in Python and F# on Ubuntu, which is supported nicely via plugins. All the features that I like from Visual Studio, such as Intellisense, are included.

I’m sure that I missed a lot of features or plugins that are really cool, so if you have some hints for me, feel free to comment ­čÖé

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