VSCodeTools - create/open workspaces and externalize DATs


VSCodeTools helps creating/opening/managing VSCode workspaces and synced (externalized) scripts or tables. The only requirement is code.exe set up as the default text editor in TD Preferences.

The component is a button with the following interactions (and more, check the parameters below to get a full picture of what it does!!!)

  • LeftClick: Open VSCode workspace (if set up, see below)
  • RightClick: Set up VSCode workspace
  • Shift+LeftClick: Sync to file selected script
  • Ctrl+Shift+Alt+LeftClick: Force sync to file dialog



  • Code.exe: path to code.exe [this may be auto-filled, see Auto-detect]
  • Workspace: path to VSCode workspace file (with extension .code-workspace) [his may be auto-filled, see Auto-detect]
  • Auto-detect: will attempt to auto-fill the Code.exe and Workspace parameters. (on by default)
    • Code.exe will be auto-filled if it is already set up in TD Preferences
    • Workspace will be the name of the project file by default
  • Auto-open: will open the VSCode workspace when the project starts
  • Open: opens workspace, if it didn't exist before, a new one is created and opened in the project root folder

Sync Settings

  • Script Sync Base Folder: folder path relative to project root where scripts will be synced
  • Use Ctrl+Shift+E Shortcut: hitting this shortcut will externalize selected script or table to the base folder, with the name of the operator. If it already exists a dialog pops up to rename.
    • You can also use Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E if you want to force the dialog to save to another path or with another name.
  • Sync File Selected: same as Ctrl+Shift+E

Clear tab:

Explanation: if you ship your project file with synced files in your project, but without supplying the files you will have a bad time.

  • Tags: this is read-only and should not be changed --- these are the tags that are automatically added if syncing/externalizing with this tool, and checked (all of them need to exist in an operator)
  • Clear:
    • selected DATs: will only clear sync and tags from the selected DATs
    • in current pane: will clear sync and tags from current pane (and not any deeper children)
    • in current pane and all children: will clear sync and tags from current pane and all children
    • all in project: will clear sync and tags from all of the project