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How to install Microsoft Visual Studio Code for windows

Visual Studio Code is a text editor that allows us to write code in a variety of computational languages such as python, HTML, javascript, among others.

For the Digital Humanities Research Institute, we use Visual Studio Code because it supports syntax highlighting, it is free and built on open source, and it is consistent across Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.

Step 1: Download Visual Studio Code Installer

Visit the Visual Studio Code website on your internet browser, such as Firefox, Edge, or Internet Explorer, and click Download for Windows. Then click Save File in the dialogue box that asks if you would like to save the file

Screenshot showing the Visual Studio Code website with the link to download for Windows

Step 2: Run Visual Code Installer

Double click on the Visual Studio Code installer in your downloads folder

Screenshot of Visual Studio Code setup icon

Step 3: Walking Through Visual Studio Code Installer I

Click Next when the Visual Code setup window opens.

Screenshot of Visual Studio Code installation options for starting the install

Step 4: Walking Through Visual Studio Code Installer II

Accept the license agreement by selecting the first radio button. Then click Next.

Screenshot of Visual Studio Code license agreement

Step 5: Walking Through Visual Studio Code Installer III

Choose the folder on the computer that Visual Studio Code should be installed in (the default is usually fine). Then click Next.

Screenshot of Visual Studio Code installation process where we select the folder to install in

Step 6: Walking Through Visual Studio Code Installer IV

Choose the folder in the start menu that Visual Studio Code should be installed in. Check the other boxes at your own discretion. Then click Next.

Screenshot of Visual Studio Code installation process where we select start menu folder

Step 7: Walking Through Visual Studio Code Installer V

Please check the box that says Add to PATH. Then click Next.

Screenshot of Visual Studio Code installation Add to PATH option

Step 8: Walking Through Visual Studio Code Installer VI

You should see a window listing the configurations you chose in the previous steps. If they are incorrect, click Back and redo the previous steps. If they are correct, click Install.

Screenshot of Visual Studio Code installation confirmation

Step 9: Walking Through Visual Studio Code Installer VII

Sit back and relax because the install will take a while. You should see a window with a progress bar similar to this.

Screenshot of Visual Studio Code installation completion bar

Step 10: Walking Through Visual Studio Code Installer VIII

Check the Launch Visual Studio Code checkbox and then click Next.

Screenshot of Visual Studio Code installation final step

Step 11: Complete

Congratulations Visual Studio Code is now installed! You should see something similar to this window when you launch Visual Studio Code.

Screenshot of Visual Studio Code running successfully