When I call Dired with M-x Dired, I got the IDO window with the file structure and when I press Enter, he goes to Dired.

When I disable IDO in Emacs, and I do M-x Dired again, I got the Helm-dired-mode. When I confirm the current directory path, the Dired open anyways.

Is there a way to skip IDO/Helm directly when I want to open Dired?

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    What happens when you just use a key bound to dired? If C-x d is co-opted by one of those modes, then consider redefining it (or defining some other key) as dired in those mode maps.
    – Drew
    Oct 2, 2015 at 18:06
  • I bounded a key to Dired already, but then I still get IDO/Helm window. Same with the <kbd>C-x d</kbd>. I found another solution, see my answer below. Thanks for your reply anyway!
    – ReneFroger
    Oct 2, 2015 at 19:07

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If you want to disable helm completion for some specific command when helm-mode is on, you can modify the user option helm-completing-read-handlers-alist, for example, for you request

(add-to-list 'helm-completing-read-handlers-alist
             '(dired . nil))

you can read its docstring to learn how it works.


Thanks for all the answers. After inspecting it further, I found the option dired-jump which does the same as dired but without the IDO/Helm.

The docstring tells the following

Jump to Dired buffer corresponding to current buffer.
If in a file, Dired the current directory and move to file's line.
If in Dired already, pop up a level and goto old directory's line.
In case the proper Dired file line cannot be found, refresh the dired
buffer and try again.
When OTHER-WINDOW is non-nil, jump to Dired buffer in other window.
Interactively with prefix argument, read FILE-NAME and
move to its line in dired.

Thanks for the help anyway! :)

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    Always nice to find something already built-in. We get so giddy with all the extensions that we forget such hidden gems.
    – Emacs User
    Oct 3, 2015 at 22:48
(require 'dired-x)

Then press C-x C-j to open dired in the current directory.


Having trouble myself going from spacemacs home-buffer to dired on ~ with the default keybinding SPC-a-d for M-x 'ido-dired (Too many possible completions.)

So I override this keybinding.

(spacemacs/set-leader-keys "a d" 'dired-jump)  ;; overrides ido-dired
(spacemacs/set-leader-keys "a D" 'dired-jump-other-window)

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