My fingers are programmed to use ctrl+right arrow to jump a word forward, ctrl+left arrow to jump a word back, in Terminal. I have disabled Mission Control.

I can not figure out how to get this functionality in Visual Studio Code's Integrated Terminal (in macOS obviously). vscode/Code Version 1.27.1.

How do I accomplish this?

  • Option+Left/Right is the default way to jump a word backward/forward on macOS. I know it's not what you asked for, but maybe it would be helpful for others like me.
    – bruha
    Commented Mar 30, 2020 at 7:24

2 Answers 2


I ended up finding the solution via Microsoft vscode github issues: https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode/issues/64972

Add these keybindings in ~/Library/Application Support/Code/User/keybindings.json

    "key": "ctrl+left",
    "command": "workbench.action.terminal.sendSequence",
    "args": { "text": "\u001bb" },
    "key": "ctrl+right",
    "command": "workbench.action.terminal.sendSequence",
    "args": { "text": "\u001bf" },

Tested in GNU bash version 4.4.23, (installed via homebrew brew install bash)


A totally primitive solution would be to reassign the key's function.

Change the Control to Option as shown.

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But that would require you to change it back for other uses.

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