A lot of times I simply want to trigger a search in my currently open file. Since a few versions however, when pressing + F a new Tree view Find (Explorer search) opens up in the explorer view. I do not need this and it is distracting because I have to manually set the focus back onto my file and press + F again. How can I disable this feature?

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After a bit of digging, I found the solution myself. Under Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts search for list.find There is one entry with a binding on + F. Right click and Remove Keybinding will do the job. However, there is still a binding on F3 to trigger opening the Tree view Find.

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    Works well, just make sure that you search for list.find and not be lazy like me and search for just find and delete that one 🤦. If you are brain challenged (like me) and do this (like me), you can add it back by editing the system keybindings as JSON and removing that has "command": "-actions.find" Apr 12, 2023 at 22:54

VS code Keyboard Shortcuts

Edit keyboard shortcuts like on screenshot, and ctrl+f will work only in editor.

(File -> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts)


This has been annoying me so much recently, I finally decided to change it and landed here. However, as pointed out in other answers, simply disabling list.find shortcut is not enough for me as it doesn't trigger "Find" on the open file when focus is in tree view, which is something I wanted. Perhaps something changed in newer versions.

For that, you can change the When condition for the keybinding, to also trigger on listFocus.

Under Settings > Keyboard Shortcuts, search for list.find where the keybinding is ⌘ F, remove (right click, then click on Remove keybinding) or change it to whatever you want.

Then, search for actions.find, right click, then click on "Change When Expression", replace editorFocus || editorIsOpen with editorFocus || editorIsOpen || listFocus.

Image showing the changed condition for keybinding for Find

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