Ability to navigate and operate on folders

This should be possible, because I saw you can right click a file and move it to a folder.

I’d like the ability to jump to folders. It would be very useful to be able to jump to a topic.

Please add a hotkey for quick switching to a folder then seeing a menu with what is in the folder. I guess this goes hand in hand with making obsidian a better file explorer which i feel it is its biggest flaw. Current workaround: i try to jump to a file related to the folder I want, then use the the quick explorer plugin hotkey to browse current folder (this opens a menu of all the files in the folder of the file you are currently viewing) and find the different file I want.


What I read in your request is the ability to navigate to a folder, so that you can view it, or do operations on it. Do you mind if I change the topic to: “Ability to navigate and operate on folders”?

I think that would be more general than focusing only on the quick switcher. For example, it would be nice to be able to select a folder in the file explorer with the mouse. Or use the quick switcher. Or use an Obsidian URL to jump to a folder. Or have the ability to use a wiki link to a folder.

Related threads:

Search on graph view only on selected folders (related, because you would need the ability to select the folder to be able to do this.)

Document Spanning (related because in Scrivener or Ulysses for example, you can select folders to see temporary collections of notes in one view.)

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I don’t mind.

if you use note folder plugin. you can change all folders into notes and navigate between them via quick switch. Although I think it could be implemented into core obsidian in a better way because it is such a core issue.

I think this is the best feature request ever. I use Obsidian as my File Explorer and I also use the workarounds via note and then using a hotkey CTRL+R for “Reveal File in Navigation”. But with a large file structure it is not working as it is not moving visibly.

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I have created a workaround. I created in each folder a file (this is optional “with the name of the folder”). To find a folder I do the next steps. First I use CTRL+SHIFT+F to do a search. Than I type “path:” + a unique part of the folder name. Than I have to do 6 Obsidian Hotkeys and I use 1 plugin. To make this easy. I have created a multiple action button on my Stream Deck.
System: Hotkey Select First Search Result = Arrow Down
System: Hotkey Open Note = ENTER
System: Hotkey Collapse all folders = plugin = ALT+C
System: Hotkey Reveal in File Navigation = CTRL+R
System: Hotkey Focus on pane to the right = ALT+P
System: Hotkey Close Open File = CTRL+W
It works as the folders are in the visible part of the screen. But otherwise I still have to use the mouse to scroll to the folder. But you see witch one it is as it is the only one that is open.
It is not perfect as it only works on my PC and Mac but not on mobile. Maybe I can try with shortcuts on my iPhone.
Does anyone now a better solution? The best of course would be as this would be integrated as a core feature in Obsidian or in a plugin.

You could save a little work by using the Quick Switcher instead.

For the problem of “Reveal File” not scrolling, I find I sometimes have to do it more than once, and that it sometimes leaves the file scrolled just past the edge of the screen.

HI. Thanx. That is a good idea. I have tested it.

Please add this feature ASAP

Until this feature in implemented, I will have to create vaults for each of the sub-folders I use on a regular basis