VS Code: How to Move Search from the Sidebar to the Bottom Panel

Zach Zach (249)
1 minute

This short guide will show you how to move the search box in Visual Studio Code from the sidebar to the footer panel, making it easier to find and replace files. This is similar to how things look in Sublime Text.

Note: The old "Search: Location" option no longer exists, so this guide will show you the new way of moving the panel. If you updated VSCode and were surprised to find the search panel has moved back to its original position, this is why.

This method works on both Mac and Windows.

If you want to sync VS Code settings across all of your machines, then check out our comprehensive guide on syncing them.

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Obviously, you'll need to open VSCode.

Show VS Code bottom panel

Show the [bottom] panel by navigating to View > Appearance > Show Panel.

Move Search to bottom panel

From the right sidebar, drag the search icon into the header area of the bottom panel. A | pipe character will indicate its final position. I chose to move it all the way to the left.

VSCode Search in bottom panel

As you can see the search pane is now at the bottom of the VS Code window, where it will stay until the devs decide to change this again. If that happens, I'll update this guide—so feel free to bookmark or favorite it.

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