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1.28.2009

Tip: Jump to File

I was working in a folder with over 6,000 files.

I know, I know: Excessive. But it wasn't my folder. I was merely working in it.

Anyway, I needed to get to the file RR50M-l.jpg... which was toward the bottom. I started scrolling and my friend Bo told me to stop. "Check this out," he said. "Click in some white space and then type the name of the file really fast."

I did.

!

That's right: Jumped me to the file.


Jump to File

Even better: It works on both a PC and a Mac (probably Linux boxes too, but I don't have one hooked up right now, so someone tell me if it's true or not). Just click and start typing. If you type too slowly you'll start jumping around files instead of narrowing your search further, but you can get pretty close to your file with just a few letters, even if your folder has thousands of files (unless they all start with something like 004_draftfile-1927...).

There's your super cool tip for moving around folders. It works to jump to both folders and files within a directory, and can really speed things up.

What are you waiting for? Give it a try.

And if you already knew about this trick... good for you. Some of us still have a lot to learn about computers <smile>.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Your Media Production Mentor

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