Microsoft Word. Google Docs. Ulysses. These are the applications that come first in mind for most writers. What would you say if I tell you that “Visual Studio Code” would be another option that you should seriously consider?
Wait a minute. Did you really mean Visual Studio Code? Isn’t that actually an IDE for coding?
Ok… So what it has to do with tools like Microsoft Word or Google Docs?
Well… Visual Studio Code is offering an experience that no other tool managed to come close to. Machine learning helps you write twice as fast, reduce spelling mistakes and give you full control over every detail of this experience.
Pretty hard to believe, right? Take a look at this recording on how I wrote this exact article that you are reading, right now.
Does that look interesting? Do you want to know how you can achieve the same results?
Install Visual Studio Code from here. At the initial start, choose a dark theme or any that you prefer. For me, this is especially important as it helps to reduce eye strains during long working sessions.
After that, you need to add a couple of extra plugins to customize the default experience:
- Tabnine AI Code Completion
- AI powered code completion that works not only for code
- Code Spell Checker
- Markdown All in One
- Markdown Memo
- Markdown Knowledge Base with Bidirectional Links
- Typewriter Scroll Mode
- Typewriter Sounds
- Highlight lines that you want to focus on
- Word Counter
- FontSize Shortcuts
- Change editor font size using shortcuts
To get started, turn the “zen mode” on and the application will go into full-screen, hiding all unneeded UI elements and letting you focus on what is important: your writing.
And that’s it.
Start writing and enjoy!