Have you ever thought of an idea that navigation in Windows could be much more convenient? Why wouldn't one employ the technique similar to the "Navigate to class" in most common IDEs, when relevant folder matches are displayed in the popup window, brought to the foreground by a predefined key combination, like that:
Here are Windows Explorer and Total Commander disadvantages which may frustrate most of the users:
For these particular reasons I've written "Navigation Assistant", whose operation is equivalent to "Navigate to class" or "Navigate to File" features of most common IDEs: combinations Ctrl-N and Ctrl-Shift-N in JetBrains products (ReSharper, IDEA, PhpStorm, WebStorm), Ctrl-Shift-T in Eclipse.
Besides eliminating the aforementioned disadvantages the following benefits are obtained:
Better folder structure comes as a free bonus with the usage of Navigation Assistant. Indeed, many people (especially developers familiar with a brilliant Code Complete book) are aware of a rule of 7+-2 (the most efficient number of elements in the brain active memory). Therefore, it's a good strategy to restrict the number of subfolders in a given folder up to 7.
Unfortunately, such an approach would be utilized at a cost of inconvenient folder navigation. Navigation Assistant will let you forget about concerning this disadvantage.
To navigate quickly to the needed folder simply press a predefined key combination (Ctrl-Shift-M by default) in a Windows Explorer or Total Commander application (or at any other application, which will imply a new Windows Explorer instantiation for navigation). The main application window will appear:
Start typing a destination folder name.
Killer feature: it's not necessary to type a complete folder name; e.g. it's sufficient to type "documents and" to reach "Documents and Settings". Moreover, it's not even necessary to type the word "documents" completely, as "doc and" will also suit (best wishes, JetBrains!); also, it's not mandatory to type folder name from the start, "and settings" will be sufficient. Pascal/camel case in folder names is also recognized for developers' sake: search query "nav assist" will match the folder "NavigationAssistant".
A list of folder matches will appear due to these manipulations:
All you have to do is to click a suitable element with mouse or use Up/Down keys to select a required path and press Enter.
If you are dissatisfied for some reason with the navigation window you can quickly minimize it to tray with the Escape button.
If you bring the program to front outside Windows Explorer or Total Commander, a new Window Explorer application will be launched on selecting a folder match (with the needed folder already open); it's possible to change the default navigator (e.g. use Total Commander) in settings.
Just fast folder navigation is currently supported, no files navigation is implemented.
There is a cute settings window, supporting the following customizations:
Each option is enhanced with a tooltip. To reach the settings one just needs to right-click a tray icon.
Best Wishes and Happy Exploring!