Visual Studio Code 1.71 brings improvements to the merge editor

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Visual Studio Code 1.71, the latest version of Microsoft’s popular code editor, introduces an easier transition between text and merge editors, among a host of other improvements. Released on September 1, Visual Studio Code 1.71 is also known as the August 2022 release.

Thanks to Merge Editor enhancements, a conflicting file will automatically display an “Open in Merge Editor” button, allowing for a quick transition between text and merge editors. Also, VS Code no longer modifies the result file when opening it in the merge editor.

Instead, the clash markers remain in the file but are hidden from the results view. The checkboxes allow you to replace conflict markers with either side, a combination of both sides, or the base.

Visual Studio Code can be downloaded for Windows, Linux, and Mac from the project website.

Other new features and improvements in Visual Studio Code 1.71 include that markdown support has been reimplemented as a complete fix language server.

Meanwhile, to expand codec support, VS Code’s FFmpeg shared library, which previously only supported FLAC codec, now also supports codecs such as Vorbis, H.264, VP8, WAV , MP3 and Ogg. This will allow more audio to be played from laptops or through extensions that integrate audio and video into web views.

After initiating a rename action on a file, press the F2 key to cycle through the file name, entire selection, and file selection to allow for more flexible keyboard-only interaction.

Additionally, the Code Action control has been redesigned. Instead of just a menu of code actions, a custom control is now in place to make it easier to find a desired code action.

Additionally, all buttons have been updated to have slightly rounded corners to better match the design aesthetic, fish shell integration and Git bash integration for Windows shell are available in as experimental manual installations and the terminal now supports smooth scrolling, to animate scrolling for a short time. to help see the location after scrolling.

Finally, the editor now comes with Typescript 4.8.2with improvements for type checking and inference.

Visual Studio Code 1.70with titlebar and Git-related improvements, shipped August 4th.

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