One feature I find very useful in a text editor is the ability to move a line or a group of lines up or down with a keyboard shortcut. I discovered this possibility in Sublime Text and now I want it in all my editors.

Visual Studio Code supports this action with the Alt+Up and Alt+Down keyboard shorcuts.

Use the Sublime Text shortcuts

If you are used to Sublime Text and your brain is wired to the Ctrl+Shift+Up and Ctrl+Shift+Down shortcuts, Visual Studio Code can be configured. Note that those shortcuts are used by default for the cursorUpSelect and cursorDownSelect commands but those are also accessible from Shift+Up and Shift+Down.

  1. Open the keyboard shortcuts configuration (File > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts).
  2. In the keybindings.json file on the right side, add the following bindings:

     // Place your key bindings in this file to overwrite the defaults
         "key": "ctrl+shift+up",
         "command": "editor.action.moveLinesUpAction",
         "when": "editorTextFocus"
         "key": "ctrl+shift+down",
         "command": "editor.action.moveLinesDownAction",
         "when": "editorTextFocus"
  3. Save the file and enjoy!