The Best VS Code Extension You Haven’t Heard Of

This VS Code extension has less than 10,000 installs, and I use it every day, all the time

Anton Ödman
Feb 24 · 2 min read

The Search for Great Extensions

I don’t know what I would do without VS Code. I have tried so many different code editors and IDEs, and I keep coming back to it. Besides the enormous work the developer puts into updating the application so often, the extensions are my favorite feature.

Almost daily, I search for new extensions to use. I google, read articles, and look at top lists. Sometimes I try them for five minutes, other times for two days, before deciding to keep it or not. This has led to some great discoveries.

This extension is probably one of my absolute favorites. I stumbled upon it when I was searching for that particular feature in VS Code, and of course, I found an extension covering that exact feature.

I have already mentioned it in another article I wrote, a collection of some of my favorite extensions. This one, however, I believe deserves more attention.


Indented Block Highlighting

The name of the extension is Indented Block Highlighting, and it does exactly what the name suggests — it highlights the actual block of code you are already in. This is useful in so many ways.

Humans are not good at reading code, or, at least not as good as computers. That is why we use color codes, indentation, and spacing to make it easier to understand what we are reading and writing.

This extension uses that same principle — with the help of colors you can easily see within which block the cursor is located, as well as when it ends. In a nested code block, it’s amazing.

I hope the extension comes to good use. The only drawback I have noticed is that it hasn’t been updated in two years. But as long as it works, I am more than satisfied with it.

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Thanks to Zack Shapiro

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