We've discussed "getting into the flow"...strip down the IDE to focus and don't take your hands off the keyboard. But if you've turned off your Project tool window, how can you navigate files and directories?
You could use the
Project action (
Cmd-1 macOS) to bring
back the Project tool, do your work, and then hide it again. Instead,
temporarily bring back the Navigation Bar then navigate it with the keyboard.
You can use the left arrow to go up a directory and right arrow to go down a directory. To see the contents of a directory, either press the down arrow or press enter. With this you can get to any place in the tree, without using the mouse.
For looking at the directory the currently-edited file is in, this is even
easier. Activating the Navigation Bar makes the current file selected. You
don't have to press
Left to select the parent directory. Just press