File Explorer - Expanded Functionality

I would strongly support this feature. For me (and with growing number of files/notes), quick navigation through search results/file tree is a very important feature for effective workflow. Thanks.

CMD + F will jump to Search. I would love to be able to map CMD + E to the File Explorer to quickly switch between them.

I also support the features suggested by @nickmilo.

Furthermore, I’d like to a add open the rename dialog of a folder upon a second consecutive click that follows the initial one that selects the folder. This would also mimic Finder behavior.

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+1 on this. Essential. The same on the tag bar.

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I agree with most of this. However, instead of using a hotkey to move focus over to the file explorer, why not just use the same hotkeys that move focus from pane to pane?

Assuming you have your file explorer on the far left, CMD+Left would pop focus over to it. Up and down arrows would then allow you to navigate the files.

This would be a huge improvement in my opinion.

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+1 for this, super useful. @scooks this is actually a great idea! Up and down to navigate, and Alt[CMD]+up or down to move the files up and down (crazy idea though not sure about this one :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:)

+1 to this. More freedom and speed to control the file explorer would help me a lot in using Obsidian not only for knowledge management, but also for project management as well!

I would also add Searching Folders to the list. It could be a separate search function or it could be part of the note search function. If part of note searching, it would be nice to have a switch to search folders only. Also, doing incremental (i.e., search as you type) searching would be very welcome.

BTW, I wholeheartedly agree that this is a vital topic.

Let me add another one:

  • Being able to favorite a folder

I went through this thread and didn’t see it, but I would suggest that you should be able to sort your files/folders manually and not just rely on alphabetical sort. It’s the ONE THING that I really dislike about the file explorer. Let the user dictate how they want files to display.

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Here we are, almost 2 years later and there’s still no way to navigate the File Explorer using the keyboard.

Some of you long-time users must have massive vaults; how do you navigate when you need to quickly browse through a long list of notes?

You must be wearing out your mice faster than Starcraft players :smiley:

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I’ve put together an MVP plugin here. It adds commands to open the next/previous note in the file explorer.

Note that the plugin is currently a simple proof-of-concept with only limited testing. It navigates only markdown files within the parent folder of the currently opened note, in alphabetical order by note name.

Most of these things have been implemented. I am gonna close this FR. Please follow the specific FRs or open new ones in case something is missing.


It has finally happened, lol, awesome!