Navigate Files With Navigation Bar

Move around your project tree and select files, from your keyboard, with the Navigation Bar.

The no-distraction way to move around your project tree.

Move up, down, and around in the Navigation Bar, from the cozy confines of the mouse. Get to the file or directory you want, then do what you need...open a file, make a new directory, find in path at the location.

In Depth

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 (Alt-1 Win/Linux, 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 Down.

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