I agree, nice suggestion! To express it another way, it would be nice to have an “All Notes” view, that just shows a flat view of all notes in the entire vault.
In Ulysses for example, there is an “All” view.
For new note behaviour, the current options are to use 1) a default folder that you specify, or 2) the Vault root. 3) There is also an option “Same Folder As The File Is In”. Which would make it in the same folder as your current active note, as far as I understand. I don’t think any of those options would necessarily need to change behaviour, depending on how you are viewing/sorting in your File Explorer. (Or am I wrong?)
In the meantime, it is possible to search for asterisk *, and then “Collapse results”, which shows only the titles. I can’t verify if it is showing every note in my vault. It seems to be. (I don’t think this is a replacement for your suggestion, because you can’t seem to sort or anything from this search.)
a flat file view would be extremely useful, even more so if it was possible to sort files by ACCESSED time (not last edit)
This way we could have a ‘history’ list of notes / last readings. (for that I currently flatten the vault folder in XYPlorer or use an external autohotkey script to parse all files by last accessed time, but it would be nice to have it built-in into obsidian).
Since this request seems to be gaining interest slowly but surely, I am going to adjust the title from “folder toggle - temporarily only show notes in explorer” to “Flat view - Folder toggle - (mode to only show files in Explorer pane)”.
I am definitely open to suggestions for further editing both the title and the request. The important thing is for it to be clear and concise, neither of which are my strong suits.
I probably should have taken the kind hint from @rigmarole a long time ago. Better late than never.
I was just thinking that it may be a cool bonus to be able to apply the “flat view” to specific folders. In doing this, it could indicate that you are in flat view for such and such folder, thus only showing the files for that folder and all of its sub folders. As another bonus, maybe it could also work on multiple folders. Perhaps, in addition to the multi folder functionality, it’d be nice to be able to exclude certain sub folders from the flat view as well.
I still think the default command should simply show all files for the entire vault, but have a feeling these added features would be welcome additions.
The File Tree Alternative by default "lists all files including the files under sub-folders . You can turn off this option from plugin settings if you want to see only the files under the folder you selected. You can also turn on toggle button from the plugin settings and it’ll include an additional button (looks like an eye) to toggle files under sub-folders". (It also differs in other ways from the default file browser, so might not be perfect for you.)
I was reading this interesting request Continuous View - Scrivener Like when I realized that another cool sorting option for a flat file explorer would be an order that matches that of the files as contained within the regular folder based file explorer. Of course this would be affected by the sorting method that was being used, including custom sort, if it is implemented.