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One thing I really miss in Midnight Commander (compared to some GUI file explorers, like f.e. Thunar) is the ability to go to a certain directory by just typing prefix of its name.

For example for a current directory containing:

files
other
many
many_other
some

Typing man would take me to (focus) directory many. Is there any plugin that would let me configure MC that way?

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You don't need any plugins. You have two options:

  1. In current directory panel, type Alt+s, then type your search pattern, the cursor will jump to the matches sequentially.

  2. Disable Command prompt in Options/Layout.

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    I knew about option (1) but (2) doesn't require works without any keyboard shortcut and therefore is exactly what I'm looking for. – syntagma May 25 '15 at 18:23
  • And of course you have Ctrl+o if you need the command prompt. – Pablo A Nov 10 '17 at 18:45
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You can press Ctrl-\ to go to a list of shortcuts to your preferred directories. You can organize these directories in groups.

On a side note: it's worth to invest a few minutes in reading the manual. There are many, many useful commands you'll discover.

Edit: If all you want is to navigate to a directory in the current panel, then Alt-s is the way to go, as @cuonglm points out. You can then press Alt-o to open the subdirectory pointed to by the cursor in the other panel, and you can also press Alt-l to follow symlinks.

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For os x terminal:

Press ⌘ command+⌥ option+o, you will see 'Option is Meta'.

Now works:

  • ⌘ command+s
  • ⌘ command+o
  • ⌘ command+i
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