How does one navigate up one directory whilst in speedbar without using the mouse?

  • By clicking on the directory you want to navigate to?
    – Nsukami _
    Feb 14, 2017 at 14:47
  • but the cursor is often on the files.
    – cammil
    Feb 14, 2017 at 16:52
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    Do you want to erase the speedbar buffer and draw a new one where the root directory is one less than the current root -- e.g. /Users/HOME/ to /Users/? Or do you want to keep the view open with the same root directory and just have the cursor jump up to a higher directory if it exists? For example, does speedbar-up-directory do what you want?
    – lawlist
    Feb 14, 2017 at 16:59

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Shift-U : Move the entire speedbar display up one directory.


  • Thanks! Relatedly, why was this so hard to find for me? What exploratory skills necessary for becoming proficient at emacs am I missing?!
    – cammil
    Aug 21, 2017 at 9:57
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    C-h a -> apropos-command, regexp search for commands. C-h m -> describe-mode. C-h k -> describe-key enter keys to see what they do C-h f -> describe-function Useful with something like helm-mode to give you an updating list of matching functions. It's nice when you don't quite know what the function would be called. C-h v -> describe variable. M-x profiler-start and then do whatever it is you're interested in. M-x profiler-report to see what commands were run during the profile. If you see a function that looks interesting in that profile report, M-x debug-on-entry into it.
    – Eric Ihli
    Jul 24, 2019 at 18:36

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