Visual Studio Code 1.70 simplifies title bar customization

Visual Studio Code 1.70, the latest version of Microsoft’s popular code editor, promises easier customization of the title bar and resolution of Git merge conflicts, among a host of other improvements.

VS Code 1.70 was launched on August 4th and is available via visualstudio.com for Linux, Windows and macOS.

VS Code 1.70, also known as the July 2022 update, offers easier customization of the title bar as developers can now right-click the title bar to open a context menu that toggles the menu bar. For Windows users expecting the system context menu, the menu can still be triggered by right-clicking the VS Code icon in the top-left corner of the window or by pressing . Alt+Spacebar.

Also in VS Code 1.70, the three-way merge editor is enabled by default for quickly resolving Git merge conflicts. The merge editor features improved context menus, new commands to accept all changes from a page, improved diff colors, and more emphasis on conflicting vs. non-conflicting changes.

Microsoft also introduced command line options to invoke the merge editor in VS Code. The company said it is beginning to explore alternative diffing algorithms to improve the precision of merge conflicts.

Other new features and improvements in VS Code 1.70:

  • VS Code now preserves folded ranges even when the folding range is no longer part of the ranges calculated by a folding provider. Collapse controls in the gutter can now be hidden with the setting "editor.showFoldingControls":"never". Fold areas can still be expanded and collapsed using the fold commands and shortcuts.
  • Search results in the search view now provide file adornments and colors on the right to express the file’s issues and source control information. The search view now supports multiple selection: all actions performed on a result in the selection are also performed on other selected items.
  • Tree views like File Explorer now support the search control.
  • Shell integration auto-injection, which was moved from preview, is now enabled by default.
  • Developers can now display a UI that shows what area the user is in while scrolling.
  • The dev-container CLI theme has been updated for the latest version of the CLI.

The June 2022 release, VS Code 1.69, brought new file search capabilities and a preview of Visual Studio Code Server, a service that enables secure connections for remote development without requiring SSH.

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