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Better Zen Mode for VSCode

Kevin Nel

If you, like me, moved over to VSCode after using sublime you probably miss the very uncluttered interface and simple design, but can't give up all the great features and extensions of Visual Studio Code.

Well as with most problems regarding VSCode There's an extension for that.


Step 1

So step 1 is to download the vscode settings cycler extension which will allow you to cycle between sets of settings in VSCode.

Step 2

Step 2 is to add the following lines to your settings.json.

If you dont know how to open your settings.json you can open it by pressing ctrl+shift+p and then typing settings this bring up the option to either open your settings.json or open settings UI. select the settings.json and hit enter.

VSCode Settings
VSCode Settings
"settings.cycle": [
            "id": "sublimeMode", // must be unique
            "overrideWorkspaceSettings": true,
            "values": [
                    "editor.minimap.enabled": true,
                    "workbench.statusBar.visible": true,
                    "editor.renderIndentGuides": true,
                    "workbench.activityBar.visible": true,
                    "workbench.editor.showTabs": true,
                    "breadcrumbs.enabled": true,
                    "editor.wordWrapColumn": 120,
                    "editor.minimap.enabled": false,
                    "workbench.statusBar.visible": false,
                    "editor.renderIndentGuides": false,
                    "workbench.activityBar.visible": false,
                    "workbench.iconTheme": null,
                    "workbench.editor.showTabs": false,
                    "breadcrumbs.enabled": false,
                    "editor.wordWrapColumn": 80,

If you want to customize anything you can just add the setting as you would into your settings.json and its corresponding alternative into the above.

Step 3

in order to assign a keyboard shortcut to these sets of settings you have to add the following to your keybindings.json.

You can open the keybindings.json file the same way as for settings.json. Just search for keyboard shortcut

VSCode Keybindings
VSCode Keybindings
"key": "shift+f11",
"command": "settings.cycle.sublimeMode",

Step 4

You're done!