You can navigate with WinSCP in several ways, both with mouse and keyboard. Choose the one you prefer.
In file panel you can enter the subdirectory of current directory by double-clicking the subdirectory icon (or by pressing
Enter). If a same way you can “enter” symbolic link pointing to directory. When resolving of symbolic links is disabled for the current session, WinSCP lets you to try to “enter” any file, just in case it is symbolic link.
With Commander interface you can enter the parent directory using the parent directory icon (always the first item in the file list, with caption
Using the directory tree you can enter any directory visible on the tree just by clicking on its icon.
You can bookmark your favorite directories using the command Commands > Add Path to Bookmarks in Explorer interface or Local (Remote) > Add Path to Bookmarks in Commander interface. Or use keyboard shortcut.
When bookmarking directory, you can select between two bookmark lists, session bookmarks and shared bookmarks. The first is specific to current session. The latter is shared among all sessions.
To retrieve and manage bookmarks, go to View > Go To > Open Directory/Bookmark in Explorer interface or Local (Remote) > Go To > Open Directory/Bookmark in Commander interface or find the respective icon on a toolbar or use keyboard shortcut.
You can select between two bookmark modes. “Bookmark” mode is available for both interfaces. It is just a list of bookmarked paths separated for remote and local panels (local bookmarks are available for the Commander interface only). The “Location Profiles” mode is available for Commander interface only. It is a list of named profiles consisting of both local and remote directories. The profiles can be hierarchically organised into folders.
Using the Open directory dialog, you can open the desired directory by entering its path. Go to View > Go To > Open Directory/Bookmark in the Explorer interface, or Local (Remote) > Go To > Open Directory/Bookmark in the Commander interface, or find the respective icon on a toolbar, or use a keyboard shortcut.
In Explorer interface, you can also enter the path directly to the address bar.
If your clipboard has a plain text string only, behaviour of the function File(s) > Paste is changed so it attempts to open the path stored in clipboard instead of pasting files.
Learn how to copy a path to current working directory to the clipboard.
When you change your directory in one file panel and this feature is turned on, WinSCP automatically opens the same directory in an opposite panel. For example, if you change the directory in remote panel from
/home/mprikryl/public_html/wiki and the directory
D:\documents\www is opened in the local panel, WinSCP will automatically open the local directory
D:\documents\www\wiki for you. If a corresponding directory in the opposite panel does not exist, you will be given an option to create it.
This function is available in the Commander interface only. To turn it on go to Commands > Synchronize Browsing. State of the synchronized browsing is saved per-site (stored session). You can also enable synchronized browsing for the site on Login dialog.
While most of the keyboard shortcuts are the same in both interfaces, there are a few differences:
WinSCP can respond to the navigation features of some input devices including:
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