Click the “?” icon, then Keyboard Shortcuts to see a list. Some useful ones are:
/) – Focus the search bar
G+N(New) – Go to the “Create a resource” page (Note: Search for the image, e.g. “Ubuntu 20.04”, rather than for “VM” or “Virtual Machine”)
To open it, click the “Cloud Shell” icon in the top bar. (The shortest keyboard shortcut I could find is
Esc to close the popup,
Enter.) It can also be accessed directly at https://shell.azure.com/ – which is useful because it’s full screen and can be bookmarked.
On the first launch, choose Bash or PowerShell. I chose Bash because I use it a lot more than PowerShell. It will then ask to create a new storage account. I did so under my default “Pay-As-You-Go” subscription.
Cloud Shell (currently) runs Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS, which is several years old now – I had to make several changes to my dotfiles to support it.
To open the web-based Monoco Editor, type
code [filename]. (Vim is also available.)
The downside compared to GCP is there’s no SSH agent available (and a lot of things don’t work well in the browser – e.g.
Ctrl+W closes the tab rather than deleting the previous word) – so I don’t plan to use it regularly.