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Visual Studio Code 1.25 Sports New Grid Layout and Outline View

| by Sergio De Simone Follow 21 Followers on Jul 09, 2018. Estimated reading time: 1 minute |

Visual Studio Code 1.25 brings a host of new features aimed to improve customizability and developer productivity, including a new fully custom 2x2 grid layout and outline view.

The new grid layout enables developers to have up to four editors arranged in a 2x2 grid. You can drag drop files from the tab view into an editor group and create multiple editor groups to show sets of related files.

(Image from Microsoft blog)

The new outline view is reminiscent of the Visual Studio (not Code) outline view, which shows the symbol tree of the current editor. Symbols can by arranged by their position, name, or type and a new API is available to developers to better integrate their extensions with the outline view.

(Image from Microsoft blog)

If you use multiple devices with Visual Studio Code, you will like the new portable mode, which makes it easier to move your preferred Visual Studio Code configuration and current state across them. Visual Studio Code will use portable mode if it finds a data directory inside its installation directory (or in mac, a code-portable-data directory alongside the application bundle).

Other new features worth mentioning are:

  • Visual Studio Code editor now supports new commands for sub-word navigation, which will stop at (or delete up to) camel case boundaries and underscores.

  • You can now drag and drop files or directories into an empty Explorer to open all of them at once.

  • History navigation has been made more consistent across all the program views (searches, problems, history, etc.) and all existing 18 history navigation commands have been unified into history.showPrevious and history.showNext.

  • Developers can now disable hovering in the text editor, to prevent if from hiding the editor content, or make it sticky so it stays even when moving the mouse.

  • Out-of-the-box support for TypeScript 2.9.2 as well as improved support for CSS and Markdown.

Visual Studio Code 1.25 also includes a number of new features that are not stable yet to gather developer feedback, including a GUI view for settings, custom title bar and menus, and others.

You can download Visual Studio Code 1.25 for Windows, Mac, or Linux.

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