NavigateTo - navigate between files(tabs) quickly like a Ninja :D

  • @gstavi , @guy038 I will implement enchantments as you described but some features(ex. search by: column Name, Path) I want to move to Options form and then everyone could choose more suitable option. Thank you for feedback.

    @guy038, I could implement logic inversion but mb it will be more suitable to add regex? What do you think about this?

    @NN , Yes but a little bit later.

  • @NN
    64 bit version was added.
    You could download it here -

  • Hi, Nice plugin - Thanks.
    I may be missing something, or maybe we just need some refreshing… :) but…
    There is already a plugin that offers this behavior and does it really well. The plugin is called File Switcher, by Dave Brotherstone.
    The plugin works great and has many options.
    I see one thing that your plugin offers over his and that is the display of the file path.
    Is there anything else?
    (I don’t mean to discourage in any way, just pointing it out and wondering maybe yours is coming to offer something else)

    In any case, it would be nice to see this be actively developed. Maybe you can look at that plugin for some ideas as well.


  • @DaveyD ,Yes, You are right it is the same but I can get some ideas from this plugin(File Switcher) and add new one as well. Right now my plugin is simple and File Switcher even has more options but there is a lot of ideas to improve it.
    Thank you.

  • @young-developer - sounds great - I’m all for it.
    Good Luck - looking forward to future releases

  • Hi @gstavi , @guy038 , @DaveyD

    New version 1.8.1 is available. You could download it here -
    I hope you enjoy new features and enhancements.

    P.S. @NN— x64 version is available as well :)

  • The GUI is very impressive.
    The ‘About’ box still shows old version number.

    BIG Problem: It only show files from one pane. I realize this could be a ‘feature’ but as far as I can tell it always use the files from the left pane regardless of where it was launched from. I really need it to show filesfrom both panes to be usable for me. By the way a cool feature would be once you found a file to have 2 shortcuts (e.g. ctrl->right and ctrl->left) to select the pane to which the document will be moved.

    It is nice that it can be resized. Add a minimal size so it cannot be resized to “nothing”.

  • @gstavi , Hm interesting functionality(ctrl+right, ctrl+left). I try to implement it and load files from both panes.

  • @gstavi , Fixed :) -

    P.S. New functionality I am going to implement little bit later.

  • Hello @young-developer,

    I tested your fourth version ( v1.8.2 ) ansd here are my first impressions :

    First of all, young-developper, many thanks for the main improved features :

    • The highlighting of characters, according the the filter zone

    • The “negative” search, which find all the files, whose filter’s characters are NOT found in the their absolute path, if the special symbol
      ( | ) is added at the very beginning of the filter

    • The closing the dialog, on losing the focus.

    • The two colours, between odd and even rows of the list

    • The fixing of the “New #n” tab bug

    • The constant updating of the list of files, according to the ones which has, just, been created, opened from the Recent Files List, renamed or closed. Quite nice, indeed !

    Now, to my mind, four bugs, by decreasing priority, which should be easily fixed :

    • If the name of a file contains accentuated characters ( as é, à or else ) it’s impossible to move to this file, either :

      • By double-clicking, on the selected line

      • By hitting the Enter key, on the selected line

    Note that if you type, for instance, the é accentuated character in the filter zone, it does find all the files, which contain the é lowercase letter, in their absolute path

    • Presently, your filter is non sensitive to case. I do think it’s the best behaviour. However, I noticed that :

      • If the Filter zone contains the unique accentuated letter É, only files containing a É uppercase letter are listed

      • If the Filter zone contains the unique accentuated letter é, only files containing a é lowercase letter are listed

    • The list of files is highlighted, only if ALL the letters, in the filter zone, are lowercase ! As soon as a capital letter is inserted, the highlighting disappears ? However, the list of the files is still correct :-))

    • As @gstavi said, the Navigate To dialog should have a minimal size ! I’m thinking about 10 cm wide and 5 cm height :-)). Does this idea seems sensible to you ?

    Two remarks :

    • I noticed that, only, the first occurrence of a string, in the filter zone is highlighted, in the list. For instance, let’s suppose that the filter contains the single lowercase letter o and that you have a tab, named ooooooh.txt
      Your plugin just highlight the first letter o of the file name. I first thought it was a ( small ) bug, but, finally, it minimizes the highlighting and make the list more easy to read !

    • I’ve just realized that your list is a complete “lower-case” list, even if some files contain capital letters, in the name/path. I suppose you did that way, on purpose ! However, to my mind, a name as, for instance, To Do List.txt seems easier to understand than displaying the name to do list.txt ! What do you think about that point ?

    One request :

    I’m wondering about the possibility of displaying a new column, which would indicate the view, to whom each opened tab belongs. ( I mean : View 0 / 1 OR View 1 / 2 ) It would be an additional info and we could sort the list by View. Of course, young-developer, it’s just a suggestion !

    Globally, your plugin just makes my N++ work more efficient, every day !! In my opinion, adding many features, to your plugin, could not be, finally, the best solution. You give us a neat and quick tool. It’s the most important thing to remember ! Anyway, it’s up to you, of course !

    Best Regards,


    P.S. :

    I’ve just unckecked the Multi-line option, in the Preferences > General > Tab Bar zone. Indeed, I don’t need the multi-lines tab feature, anymore, with the Navigate To plugin :-)) Now, even with more than 100 tabs opened, my editor window remains really larger than before and any opened file is easy to reach !!

  • Hello, @young-developer,

    I was impatient to test your your new v1.12.2 version ! And sorry, for this later report of my testing !

    First, if you right-click on the NavigateTo.dll file, and choose the Properties option, in the context menu, the file version, and the product version, seem, both, erroneous ( v1.10.2 ) ! We’re beginning slowly, aren’t we :-))

    As before, this new bunch of features, added in this current version, is quite impressive :

    • The possibility to get the N++ context tabs menu, directly, from your plugin window, with the immediate activation of the selected file ( How did you do that !? )

    • The preview functionality, by selecting the right tab, with the two shortcuts Shift + Up arrow and Shift + Down arrow, is really easy to use !

    • The new View column, which allows to sort by view, the current list of files

    • The file status, of each file, given by the colouring of the line text ( Black, Red or Grey )

    • The minimum size of the plugin window and the number of results, according to the current filter, moved in the windows title

    All the bugs, of the previous version, are fixed :

    • The list of files found, according to the filter text, are, correctly, written, in their exact case

    • Whatever the case of the filter text, all the files, whose name contains the filter text, in any case, are, correctly, listed

    However, there’s still a small bug : clicking on the header, of the new View column, does not sort files by View, but, wrongly, by the Path column !?

    BTW, I noticed that if you, simply, type the digit 1 or 2, in the filter zone, it does not select all the files of View 1 or View 2. I do think that it’s the correct behaviour, as we’ll still have the possibility to sort by View, once the secondary bug, above, fixed !

    Now, @young-developer, to my mind, two things may be improved :

    • Firstly, the present line colouring is not very easy to distinguish. I’m thinking about two other solutions :

      • The use of blue, red and grey bookmarks

      • An other one-character column, with the file status ( S aved, U nsaved, R ead-Only ), which allows further sorting

    • Secondly, I think that the filter should search, by default, on the names of files, exclusively ! In that case, it would be necessary, either :

      • To add a menu option to allow the present way of filtering, both on file name and on the absolute pathname

      • To allow the use, for instance, of the / character, at beginning of the filter zone, to indicate this second way of searching

    Of course, there are suggestions, only. Anyway, it’s up to you !

    Good luck for the few steps to the final mature version of your excellent plugin :-))

    Best Regards,


  • Small isues:

    1. Key shortcuts don’t work, you cannot do Ctrl+A and delete
    2. Page down selects an item unlike Up/Down which just travel in the list.
    3. No simple key to reset selection like Esc or smth like that
    4. Once you written anything next Ctrl+, preserves your text , which nice but mostly useless.


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