38.5 Visiting Files in Dired
There are several Dired commands for visiting or examining the files
listed in the Dired buffer. All of them apply to the current line's
file; if that file is really a directory, these commands invoke Dired on
that subdirectory (making a separate Dired buffer).
- Visit the file described on the current line, like typing C-x C-f
and supplying that file name (
dired-find-file). See Visiting.
- Equivalent to f.
- Like f, but uses another window to display the file's buffer
dired-find-file-other-window). The Dired buffer remains visible
in the first window. This is like using C-x 4 C-f to visit the
file. See Windows.
- Visit the file described on the current line, and display the buffer in
another window, but do not select that window (
- Visit the file named by the line you click on
dired-mouse-find-file-other-window). This uses another window
to display the file, like the o command.
- View the file described on the current line, using M-x view-file
dired-view-file). Viewing a file with
like visiting it, but is slanted toward moving around in the file
conveniently and does not allow changing the file. See View File.
- Visit the parent directory of the current directory
dired-up-directory). This is more convenient than moving to
the parent directory's line and typing f there.