My late 2020 VScode setup

Editorwise in 2020 I transformed 100% from PhpStorm to VScode. The reason is that VScode is getting better with each update and it feels a lot more lightweight than a full blown IDE. In this post I describe which setting, keybindings and plugins work best for me and maybe there is also something you wanna try in your setup.


My settings are pretty simple. This is mostly the case because I setup my macbook fresh a few weeks ago and just applied the essential settigs again.

  // Typography
  "editor.fontFamily": "Fira Code",
  "editor.fontLigatures": true,
  "editor.fontWeight": "400",
  "editor.fontSize": 12,
  "editor.suggestFontSize": 11,
  "editor.suggestLineHeight": 14,
  // Editor UI
  "workbench.sideBar.location": "right",
  "workbench.colorTheme": "Visual Studio 2019 Light",
  "editor.minimap.enabled": false,
  "workbench.activityBar.visible": false,
  "workbench.editor.showTabs": false,
  "customizeUI.titleBar": "inline",
  "window.titleBarStyle": "native",
  "zenMode.fullScreen": false,
  // Language specific settings
  "go.useLanguageServer": true,
  "editor.suggestSelection": "first",
  "vsintellicode.modify.editor.suggestSelection": "automaticallyOverrodeDefaultValue",
  "[yaml]": {
    "editor.defaultFormatter": "esbenp.prettier-vscode"
  "[typescript]": {
    "editor.defaultFormatter": "denoland.vscode-deno"


My keybindings are 90% based on the tips from Caleb Prozio.

// keybindings.json
        "key": "cmd+k cmd+a",
        "command": "workbench.action.toggleActivityBarVisibility"
        "key": "cmd+k cmd+d",
        "command": "workbench.view.debug"
        "key": "cmd+k cmd+e",
        "command": "workbench.view.explorer"
        "key": "cmd+k cmd+k",
        "command": "workbench.action.toggleZenMode"
        "key": "cmd+k cmd+m",
        "command": "workbench.view.scm"
        "key": "cmd+k cmd+x",
        "command": "workbench.extensions.action.showInstalledExtensions"


VScode has a large variety of plugins for nearly every language and usecase you can imagine. Here are my favourites as from now:

VScode is an awesome editor for webdevelopment or just coding in general. I hope you could pick something for you. Have fun hacking!