VSCode Focus Terminal Keyboard Shortcut

I am one of those people who doesn’t like using the mouse or at least I try to remain using the keyboard to perform as many tasks as possible. I also have a few issues moving between the editor and the terminal in Visual Studio Code, so when I click the in the terminal it isn’t always acknowledged and I end up typing over a block of highlighted text and have to Ctrl+Z my way out of it, which is just asking for trouble.

I already have focusConsoleOnExecute setting in my user settings set to $false so that I can run a block of code then continue typing without having to switch back to the editor.

    "files.defaultLanguage": "powershell",
    "window.zoomLevel": -1,
    "editor.renderWhitespace": "all",
    "powershell.integratedConsole.focusConsoleOnExecute": false,
    "workbench.startupEditor": "newUntitledFile",
    "workbench.panel.location": "right",
    "terminal.integrated.cursorStyle": "line",
    "gitlens.historyExplorer.enabled": true,
    "adaptivecardviewer.enableautopreview": true,
    "bracketPairColorizer.showVerticalScopeLine": false,
    "bracketPairColorizer.showHorizontalScopeLine": false,
    "window.titleBarStyle": "custom",
    "editor.fontLigatures": true,
    "powershell.powerShellExePath": "C:\\WINDOWS\\System32\\WindowsPowerShell\\v1.0\\powershell.exe",

As of last week I starting looking at they key shortcuts to see if there was a way to quickly change focus between the editor and the terminal.

Pressing Ctrl, Shift + P takes you into the command palette and from there typing keyboard will give you the option for Keyboard Shortcuts.

The settings which control this behaviour are Focus terminal and Focus Active Editor Group. Selecting the pencil on Focus Terminal you will be prompted for a keybinding. I went with Ctrl+I purely because I couldn’t see another conflicting one or if there was I’d never used it.

Then using the search bar at the top and searching for Focus Active Editor Group and setting the same keybinding

Using the command Palette again Ctrl, Shift + P and searching for Open Keyboard Shortcuts File will open the JSON file with the new Keybindings.

In order to have the focus change to editor when in the terminal, I had to add the when section to the JSON file which allows you to use the same keybinding to flick between editor and terminal.

// Place your key bindings in this file to overwrite the defaults
        "key": "ctrl+i",
        "command": "workbench.action.terminal.focus",
        "when": "editorFocus"
        "key": "ctrl+i",
        "command": "workbench.action.focusActiveEditorGroup",
        "when": "terminalFocus"