This is the Folder Explorer.
A trial to become fast for use cases without "workspaces" in vscode.
Comparable to Notepad++ Explorer Plugin, you get an additional vscode
Explorer "View" -> Folder Explorer.
Open via "View" -> "Open View" -> "Folder Explorer"
Which is simple and fast.
It has a button to open folder of current file in editor.
You can navigate folders up or expand containing folders.
And open other files with a single click.
For me big C-Projects have the tendency to kill vscode tag parser.
Hence I prefer working "without workspace" so that at least tag parser works on "single file base".
Resulting I have added two commands:
QuickPickFile: allows to select a file from specified directories and open it quickly.
(alternative for 'Go to File' which requires a workspace) note : not automatically bound to any keyboard shortcut. But I would recommend to assign it to a favorable shortcut (i personally prefer Ctrl+L = go to Location).
QuickPickRefresh: refreshes the underlying file dictionary based on given directories note : not automatically bound to any keyboard shortcut.
Refresh usually invoked via "command execution" (default: Ctrl+Shift+P).
There is no automatic timed refresh or file system watcher
(keep extension low profile)
To realize the feature these configurations were added and can be specified in settings.json.
quickpickfile.dirs : array of directories to search for files (recursively)
quickpickfile.ignoredirs : array of patterns to skip directories if containing pattern
quickpickfile.ignorefileexts : array of file extensions to skip file for index if having this extension
with dots and by intension case-sensitive