Designing Web Pages using Copilot

Designing Web Pages using Visual Studio Code and Github Copilot

Installing Visual Studio Code on macOS Sonoma

Here's how to install Microsoft Visual Studio Code on your Mac running macOS Sonoma:

1. Download Visual Studio Code:

Head over to the official Visual Studio Code download page: [download visual studio code ON]

Make sure to download the version compatible with macOS (Universal).

2. Locate the Downloaded File:

Once the download finishes, your browser should display the downloaded file. It will likely be named "Visual Studio Code.dmg".

3. Install Visual Studio Code:

There are two ways to install:

Drag and Drop:

Open your Applications folder (you can find it by clicking "Go" in the menu bar and selecting "Applications").

Drag the downloaded "Visual Studio Code.dmg" file to the Applications folder. This will copy the application for use.

Double-click the DMG:

Double-click the downloaded "Visual Studio Code.dmg" file. This will open a window showing the application icon.

Drag the "Visual Studio" icon from the window to your Applications folder.

4. Launch Visual Studio Code:

Open your Applications folder.

Double-click the "Visual Studio" icon to launch the application.

5. (Optional) Add VS Code to the Dock:

Right-click on the "Visual Studio" icon in the Dock (if it appeared there automatically).

Select "Options" and then "Keep in Dock" to pin the application to your Dock for easy access.

6. (Optional) Add VS Code to the PATH (for command line access):

Open Visual Studio Code.

Open the Command Palette (press Command + Shift + P).

Type "shell command" and select the option "Shell Command: Install 'code' command in PATH".

Following these steps will install Visual Studio Code on your macOS Sonoma system. You can now start using it for your coding projects!

Installing Visual Studio Code on Windows

Visual Studio Code (VS Code) is a free and popular code editor for Windows. Here's how to install it:

1. Download the Installer:

Visit the official Visual Studio Code download page: [download visual studio code ON]

Under "Download for Windows", choose the option that says ".exe. This is the standard installer.

2. Run the Installer:

Once downloaded, locate the installer file (usually named "VSCodeUserSetup-{version}.exe").

Double-click the installer to begin the setup process.

3. Choose Installation Options (Optional):

The setup wizard will guide you through the installation. By default, VS Code will be installed in "C:\Users{Username}\AppData\Local\Programs\Microsoft VS Code".

You can change the installation location by clicking on "Change install location" and browsing to your desired folder.

Check the box for "Add VS Code to PATH" if you want to access VS Code from any command prompt or terminal by typing "code".

4. Complete the Installation:

Click "Install" to begin the installation process. It should only take a few minutes.

Once finished, click "Finish" to launch VS Code.

Alternative Installation Method (Using a Zip File):

Download the ".zip" version of VS Code from the download page mentioned earlier.

Extract the contents of the zip file to a desired location on your computer.

Navigate to the extracted folder and double-click the "Code.exe" file to launch VS Code.


Installing VS Code as a zip file won't add it to your system path by default. You'll need to manually update it for new releases.

Running VS Code as administrator during installation disables automatic updates.

That's it! You've successfully installed Visual Studio Code on your Windows system. Now you can start coding!

Installing GitHub Copilot in Visual Studio Code


An active GitHub Copilot subscription (personal or organization)

Visual Studio Code installed on your computer

Installation Steps:

Open the Extensions panel:

Go to the Extensions icon (usually on the left sidebar) in Visual Studio Code.

Alternatively, use the shortcut Command + Shift + X (on macOS) or Ctrl + Shift + X (on Windows/Linux).

Search for GitHub Copilot:

In the search bar of the Extensions panel, type "GitHub Copilot".

Install the Extension:

Click on the extension titled "GitHub Copilot" by GitHub, Inc.

Click the green "Install" button.

Sign in to GitHub (if needed):

If you haven't already linked your GitHub account to VS Code, you'll be prompted to sign in.

Use the GitHub account associated with your Copilot subscription.

Authorize Permissions:

GitHub will request permissions for Copilot to access your code. Click "Authorize Visual Studio Code".

That's it! You've successfully installed GitHub Copilot in Visual Studio Code.

Additional Notes:

After installation, you might need to restart Visual Studio Code for Copilot to fully function.

You can adjust Copilot's behavior and settings within VS Code. Open the Command Palette (Command + Shift + P on macOS, Ctrl + Shift + P on Windows/Linux) and search for "Copilot" settings.

For troubleshooting or further information, refer to the official GitHub Copilot documentation:

Designing a Webpage with Visual Studio Code and GitHub Copilot

This tutorial will guide you through creating a basic webpage using Visual Studio Code (VS Code) and leveraging GitHub Copilot's suggestions.

1. Open VS Code and Create a New Project:

Launch VS Code.

Go to the "File" menu and select "New Folder" (or use the shortcut Command + Shift + N on macOS, Ctrl + Shift + N on Windows/Linux).

Name your new folder for the webpage project (e.g., "my-webpage").

Open the newly created folder in VS Code.

2. Create Basic HTML Structure (with Copilot):

In VS Code, create a new file named "index.html".

Start typing <!DOCTYPE html> and use Copilot to suggest the complete HTML boilerplate.

Press Tab or Enter to accept Copilot's suggestion for the basic HTML structure.

3. Build the Page Content:

Within the <body> tags of your index.html file, start adding content for your webpage.

Use Copilot to help you with elements like headings, paragraphs, images, and links. Here's how:

Type <h1> for a heading and let Copilot suggest the closing tag (</h1>).

Type <h2> for subheadings and follow the same process.

Type <p> for paragraphs and let Copilot suggest the closing tag (</p>).

To add an image, type <img and Copilot will suggest the complete image tag structure. You'll need to replace the src attribute with the path to your image file.

For links, type <a href=" followed by the desired URL and closing quotation mark. Copilot will suggest the closing anchor tag (</a>).

4. Style the Page with CSS (Optional, using Copilot):

Create a new file named "style.css" in your project folder.

In the style.css file, you can define styles for your HTML elements.

Use Copilot to help you write CSS rules. For example:

Type h1 { to target all <h1> elements and let Copilot suggest styling options like font size or color within the curly braces {}.

5. Link the CSS to your HTML:

In your index.html file, within the <head> section, add a <link> tag to reference your CSS file:


<link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">

Use code with caution.

6. Preview your Webpage:

Save all your files (index.html and style.css if you created one).

In VS Code, open the Command Palette (Command + Shift + P on macOS, Ctrl + Shift + P on Windows/Linux).

Search for "Live Server" and select the option to start a live server.

VS Code will launch a built-in server and open your webpage in the default browser, usually at http://localhost:5500/index.html.

Using Copilot Effectively:

Remember, Copilot provides suggestions based on your context. The more specific you are with your prompts, the better the suggestions will be.

Don't blindly accept everything Copilot suggests. Review the code and customize it according to your needs.

Explore Copilot's documentation for advanced features like commenting your desired functionality and letting Copilot generate the code.

This is a basic example. With practice and Copilot's assistance, you can create more complex and visually appealing webpages using HTML, CSS, and potentially JavaScript.