This is for the users of the Emacs editor
Dired mode is the default way of visiting directories on Emacs. Whenever you open a file using
C-x C-f, you would see the current directory. If you chose to press Enter without entering a file name, you would visit the current directory in Dired mode.
I don’t use the Dired mode very much to browse directories. I would rather use Windows explorer or Nautilus. Don’t get me wrong, I do find Dired extremely useful to locate a file. But for every directory you visit it adds a new buffer. This quickly becomes very unmanageable.
However, I recently found out that you can make Dired re-use the same buffer if you press
dired-find-alternate-file) rather than ‘Enter’ for visiting a directory in Dired mode. This is can be even used to open a file which results in the last Dired buffer being completely removed (alternatively you can use
dired-view-file to view a read-only version of the file).
With this tip, I am finding myself using Emacs more for browsing around my file system.