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How to: Manage Editor Modes

You can display the Visual Studio Code Editor in various display modes.


The dialog boxes and menu commands you see might differ from those described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Working with Settings.

You can choose to hide all tool windows and view only document windows by enabling Full Screen mode.

To enable Full Screen mode

  • Press ALT+SHIFT+ENTER to enter or exit Full Screen mode.

    -- or --

  • Issue the command View.Fullscreen in the Command window.

In Virtual Space mode, spaces are inserted at the end of each line of code. Select this option to position comments at a consistent point next to your code.

To enable Virtual Space mode

  1. Select Options from the Tools menu.

  2. Expand the Text Editor folder, and choose All Languages to set this option globally, or choose a specific language folder. (For example, to turn on line numbers only in Visual Basic, choose the Basic, Text Editor options.)

  3. Select General options, and under Settings, select Enable Virtual Space.


    Virtual Space is enabled in Column Selection mode. When Virtual Space mode is not enabled, the insertion point moves from the end of one line directly to the first character of the next.