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Customising settings in VSCode

I'm cooking up quite a few lengthier drafts at the moment, but today here's a quick post. If you're a VSCode user, did you know you can customise your settings in the settings.json file? Here's mine:

{
    "workbench.colorTheme": "Shades of Purple",
    "window.zoomLevel": 2,
    "terminal.integrated.fontSize": 14,
    "terminal.integrated.defaultProfile.osx": "bash",
    "workbench.editor.enablePreview": false,
    "workbench.editor.enablePreviewFromQuickOpen": false
}

Here's a run-through:

  • -- Shades of Purple is a gorgeous theme and this is an easy way to set it!
  • -- My personal preference for window zoom level
  • -- My personal preference for terminal font size
  • -- Bash > zsh 🤷🏼‍♀️
  • -- Make sure that when I open a new file, it doesn't replace one that was already open, which is so annoying. I recently learnt that many times in VSCode, a file is not actually open; it's just its preview. More on that here
  • -- See above.

On my work computer, I'm still using a combo of PyCharm and VSCode. The latter doesn't yet save branch workspaces, so if I'm switching between a lot of branches, I rely on PyCharm so I don't lose open files. If VSCode implemented that feature though... swoon. I'd ditch PyCharm in an instant.