Shortcut to open a specific file in VSC?

You can do it with tasks, here is how:

Open your tasks.json file:

F1 -> type: "Tasks: Configure Tasks" -> select: "Open tasks.json file"

Paste in the following:

    "version": "2.0.0",
    "tasks": [
            "label": "openMyFile",
            "type": "shell",
            "command": "path_to_your_VSCode path_to_your_file.txt"

In your keybindings.json add:

    "key": "ctrl+scrolllock", # Or some other binding
    "command": "workbench.action.tasks.runTask",
    "args": "openMyFile" # <- Your task's name in this case openMyFile

That should do it.

The solution that relies on launching the code command in Tasks feels a bit heavyweight and does not work with Code-Server. Here's a more "native" approach:

  1. Install the VSCode Macros extension.
  2. Make a file macros.js somewhere (e.g. in $workspace/.vscode/macros.js):
    const vscode = require('vscode');
    module.exports.macroCommands = {
       OpenTodo: {
          no: 1,
          func: () => openFile("/full/path/to/your/")
    async function openFile(filename) {
      const document = await vscode.workspace.openTextDocument(filename);
      const editor = await vscode.window.showTextDocument(document);
  3. Add to your settings.json:
    "vscodemacros.userMacroCommands": [
        "path": "/full/path/to/your/.vscode/macros.js",
        "name": "OpenTodo"
  4. Open Keyboard Shortcuts (Ctrl+K Ctrl+S by default), find the command "VCSMacros: User Macro1" and map it to a key of your preference. Reload window (at least in code-server that was necessary for the keyboard shortcut to start working).