It would have been good to update this post, or at least change it to read '2019', before reposting it so late in 2018. (I thought it was a typo until I saw the original Medium post was made in August.)
It's important to note, the Command Palette is opened by default with Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + P. The chord Ctrl/Cmd + P will bring up a "Quick Open" input in the same location, but most of what I need there I can do in the Command Palette without using prefix characters. Of course, any of these bindings can be looked up and changed from the Keyboard Shortcuts preferences page, reachable with Ctrl/Cmd + K Ctrl/Cmd + S.
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