Getting into the flow means stripping down your UI distraction (turn off the
Project window and
Navigation Bar) then going keyboard-centric to avoid
the mouse. But you still need to get to your files, and sometimes you'd prefer
to browse instead of use
Recent Files or the
Find File action.
If you've uncluttered your UI by hiding the Navigation Bar, bring it back on demand.
Navigate -> Jump to Navigation Bar (
to temporarly re-active the Navigation Bar, but as a temporary panel. Once
you use use it, the window disappears.
If you use this tip and temporarily make it appear, how do you make it disappear?
Jump to Source (
Alt-Down macOS) or just hit
to go back to where you were working.
Perhaps you didn't hide the Navigation Bar. I don't, because I like those other toolbar buttons to the right. But still, you'd like to use it without the mouse. Activating the Navigation Bar still helps, as it moves the focus out from the editor and up to the Navigation Bar, where you can then use your cursor keys.
How did we hide it in the Navigation Bar first place, or bring it back if wanted?
Navigation Bar item is a toggle. Want a faster, keyboard-centric
way to toggle?
Find Action (
Shift+Cmd+A macOS) lets
you search for such settings and even toggle inline. Type
vi nav to speed search,
make sure the selection is on
View: Navigation Bar, then press enter. The
setting is toggled...no mouse usage needed.