How To Easily Write HTML5 Boilerplate Code In Visual Studio Code

Last updated on 27 Mar, 2022

Visual Studio Code is a very popular IDE among web developers. If you are a web developer, you need to fill below code every time a new file is created.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8" />
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />

We do not have to write again and again in Visual Studio Code. There is a shortcut to add above content easily to a HTML file.

HTML5 Shortcut

To try the shortcut, create a new HTML file in Visual Studio Code. Then, start typing html.

HTML5 Shortcut

From the intellisense dropdown, select html:5 and press Enter key. Visual Studio automatically brings the boilerplate HTML5 code to the file.

The shortcuts like html:5 are called Emmet Abbreviation. If you are working with some libraries like React, and you wish to have a shortcut to create a component, you can search for React emmet plugins in VS Code. It is available. ES7+ React/Redux/React-Native snippets is one such extension.

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Joby Joseph
Web Architect