Visual Studio Code 1.81 introduces partial profiles
Microsoft has released Visual Studio Code 1.81. The July update of the open source code editor, traditionally named after the previous month, brings new functions for increased accessibility, revised the diff view and allows the creation of partial profiles.
Profiling in VS Code went from an insider feature to a regular feature earlier this year, and more features have been added over the following months, including profile templates. Partial profiles are now available as another configuration option.
In a partial profile, developers can customize one or more subcategories of configurations. These include settings, shortcuts, snippets, tasks, and extensions. VS Code takes the categories that are not configured in the partial profile from the default profile, if it is active.
As an example, the development team cites configuring the above categories except for hotkeys in a partial profile. VS Code then takes the shortcuts from the standard profile:
VS Code 1.81: Partial profiles inherit subcategories that have not been configured from the default profile.
A partial profile can also be created when copying from a profile template or from an existing profile using the Copy from drop-down menu.
Accessible view for notifications and notebook output
Since the last release, the Accessible View has been available via Open Accessible View (Alt+F2). It allows screen reader users to inspect content character by character and line by line, including in the editor and in chat panel responses. In version 1.81, the Accessible View can also be used for notifications, inline chat replies, Jupyter notebook output and the workbench.
If the focus is on an element that can be used with the Accessible View, the ARIA label is hinted. This can be disabled with the accessibility.verbosity setting.
To navigate between items in the chat panel and the notification list, you can show the next or previous item using keyboard shortcuts: Show Next in Accessible View (Alt+)) and Show Previous in Accessible View (Alt+()).
New diff editor shows the essentials
Another change concerns a new diff editor, which the development team wants to gradually roll out to users of the stable VS Code version. You can try it now:
In it, unchanged areas can now be hidden, which should be particularly helpful when reviewing large diffs with many unchanged lines. The following setting is used for this:
All details on these and other changes in VS Code 1.81 can be found in the announcement.
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