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How to Fix Tailwind CSS IntelliSense in Visual Studio Code

TailwindCSS IntelliSense not working in VS Code? Follow the steps in the article to fix it.




TailwindCSS IntelliSense

TailwindCSS IntelliSense

The Problem

I've recently started to transition from traditional CSS/SCSS to more modern options, such as TailwindCSS. After playing in their online playground, I decided to try it locally and build a small project.

However, I ran into this small, but really frustrating issue. I knew that TailwindCSS had some IntelliSense in the VSCode marketplace, after Installing it I quickly realized that it wasn't working at all. So I decided to reload VSCode, but still no result.

Before adding the snippets

Before adding the snippets

The Solution

After digging the documentation, I finally found this snippet of code:

"editor.quickSuggestions": {
   "strings": true
},
"css.validate": false,
"editor.inlineSuggest.enabled": true

Placed it in my VSCode's settings.json file, and it worked just as expected. To open the Settings editor, use the following VS Code menu command:

  • On Windows/Linux — File > Preferences > Settings

  • On macOS — Code > Preferences > Settings

You can also open the Settings editor from the Command Palette (⇧⌘P) with Preferences: Open Settings or use the keyboard shortcut (⌘,). You can place the snippet anywhere in your settings.json and it should work just fine. If it doesn't just give it 1–2 minutes or reload the VSCode window.

After adding the snippets

After adding the snippets

BONUS

If you want to use Emmet with your TailwindCSS make sure to add this line "tailwindCSS.emmetCompletions": true to the same settings.json file.

In Brief

Your final snippet of code should look something like this:

"tailwindCSS.emmetCompletions": true,
"editor.inlineSuggest.enabled": true,
"editor.quickSuggestions": {
   "strings": true
},
"css.validate": false,

Yay! Now you can code in TailwindCSS without trying to memorize all the classes. 🎉

Since it took me a pretty long time to find the solution, I thought it might be a good idea to share it with the developers who are transitioning to TailwindCSS as well. I hope this simple article helped you to fix the issue and focus mainly on coding.

And in case you were wondering what theme I'm using, it's One Monokai.🙃

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