Fixing VSCode’s broken Ctrl-Right

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I’ve been using VSCode for quite some time now. Generally speaking, I’ve been super happy with it. It’s ultra configurable, fairly light weight, very fast, and just generally a pleasure to work with.

Except….

They completely got handling of Ctrl-Right wrong. Try it in Word, try it in Notepad++, in Visual Studio, you name it, they all work a certain way.

But VSCode, not so much.

Now, it’d be easy enough to get used to it, if all my editors decided to change the default way they handle Ctrl-Right. But, yeah, no.

I’ve dealt with it for a while now but this weekend, I finally decided to have a look.

It took some Google-foo, but eventually I came across this post by Spongman that very accurately describes the problem.

I won’t repeat that here, but here’s the keybindings for VSCode that fix the problem.

    {
        "key": "ctrl+shift+right",
        "command": "-cursorWordEndRightSelect",
        "when": "textInputFocus"
    },
    {
        "key": "ctrl+right",
        "command": "-cursorWordEndRight",
        "when": "textInputFocus"
    },
    {
        "key": "ctrl+right",
        "command": "-cursorWordAccessibilityRight",
        "when": "accessibilityModeEnabled && textInputFocus"
    },
    {
        "key": "ctrl+shift+right",
        "command": "-cursorWordAccessibilityRightSelect",
        "when": "accessibilityModeEnabled && textInputFocus"
    },
    {
        "key": "ctrl+right",
        "command": "cursorWordStartRight"
    },
    {
        "key": "ctrl+shift+right",
        "command": "cursorWordStartRightSelect"
    }

It’s a bit tricky to get them installed in VSCode, what with the new Settings UI, but, once they’re there, Mwah! Perfection!

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