Visual Studio Code improves GitHub support

The latest monthly release of Visual Studio Code has a new layout and better support for GitHub commits from the fully web-based release.

Visual Studio Code is Microsoft’s open source code editor that shares part of a name but not much else with the full Visual Studio. It is open source under the MIT license and the development was done on GitHub.

The light version of Visual Studio Code running in the browser has been available since November. Now if you go to, you see a lite version of VS Code running entirely in the browser, and can open a folder on your local machine and start coding.

The most obvious change to the main Visual Studio Code editor in this release is a side panel, a new surface in the workbench opposite the sidebar, where users can place views from the sidebar or bottom panel. This goes a step further than moving the bottom panel to the left or right of the editor, as it works in addition to the bottom panel so you can see multiple sets of views at once.

Other improvements include a change to the settings editor search so that the search now prioritizes whole-word matches. Notepad UI search has also been improved so you can search for text in Markdown and output cells. Another markdown enhancement adds path suggestions to the markdown location, which speeds up the insertion of relative file paths and header links.

Unicode highlighting has also been improved to avoid highlighting characters in supported languages, and you can now insert selected code into snippets.

Another change means that the terminal is now able to automatically respond when a specific sequence of characters is received. The developers say a good example of when this is useful is the Windows batch script message End batch job (Y/N)? after pressing Ctrl+C while running a batch script. This usually ends up causing problems for the user, so a default auto-response has been added. The terminal will automatically respond with Y and enter (r).

VS Code for the web has also received work, and commits created there are now signed and marked as verified in the GitHub UI. Additionally, maintainers can now commit to pulling submitted requests from forks when using VS Code for the web.

More information

VS Code Development Website

Visual Studio Code website

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