I am using Windows 10 and Emacs 26.1.

Suppose I open some file:

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And now I want fast open dired mode. The result must be like this:

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I want to do this by ONE hotkey direct from a buffer. E.g. C-x j. Is it possible?

  • See also emacs.stackexchange.com/q/2150/105.
    – Drew
    Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 18:50
  • Are you asking about how to use a different key from C-x C-j (e.g. C-x j, as you wrote)?
    – Drew
    Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 18:54

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You can use dired-jump from the builtin dired-x.el. I have it bound to C-x C-j, you can setup your own key binding.

C-x C-j runs the command dired-jump (found in global-map), which is an interactive autoloaded compiled Lisp function in dired-x.el.

It is bound to C-x C-j.

(dired-jump &optional OTHER-WINDOW FILE-NAME)

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. When FILE-NAME is non-nil, jump to its line in Dired. Interactively with prefix argument, read FILE-NAME.

  • Yes, this is the answer. But presumably the OP already knows about dired-jump, as he posted this question about it a couple weeks ago.
    – Drew
    Commented Sep 22, 2018 at 18:53

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