VSCode: Multiple Cursors – Select Multiple Lines

A multi-cursors editing is a technique that allows a user to select multiple lines and make multiple simultaneous edits at once.

The multiple cursors feature is available in a Visual Studio Code (VSCode) out of the box.

This short note shows how to select and edit multiple lines simultaneous using the VSCode’s multiple cursors feature.

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Multiple Cursors in VSCode

Use the following keyboard shortcuts to enable multi-line editing in the Visual Studio Code:

Keyboard Shortcut OS
Ctrl + Alt and then or Windows
Shift + Alt and then or Linux
⌥ Opt + ⌘ Cmd and then or MacOS

Here is how the multi-line editing in the Visual Studio Code looks like:

You can also place the cursors arbitrarily by holding the Alt key and left-clicking:

To switch back from the multi-cursors editing to a single cursor, press the Esc key.

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To view or edit shortcuts, go to the “File” → “Preferences” → “Keyboard Shortcuts”.

2 Replies to “VSCode: Multiple Cursors – Select Multiple Lines”

  1. FYI – These shortcuts don’t work on a fresh new installation.

    1. Hi, Have just checked it with the latest version 1.66.2 on Windows and the shortcuts are still working fine there.

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