Tip: How I made kbd shortcuts to move/goto common folders

This is just to mention a tip that others might find useful, and also a plea to make sure this hole (so to speak) doesn’t get removed in a future version, because it’s darn useful.

If you put an & sign in the name of selected top-level folders (and their subfolders), you can determine the keyboard accelerator used for navigating in the View/Go To and Documents/Move To submenus.

For example, in one of my projects, I named a pair of top-level folders ‘&Inbox’ and ‘T&emplates’, which makes them accessible with the “I” and “E” keys on those menus.

That means if I want to go to my templates, it’s Alt,V,G,E. And if I want to move a document to my inbox, it’s Alt,D,E,I. (Alt-D-E is the accelerator sequence for “move to”, and Alt-V-G is the accelerator sequence for “go to”.)

What’s even cooler is that you can then do this trick on subfolders, so that you can easily select commonly used move or navigation targets as deep in your folder structure as you please. Just don’t use ‘P’, ‘N’, ‘G’, or ‘S’ as your assigned accelerator keys on the first level, and you won’t conflict with the other view-go to submenu selections.

I investigated this on a hunch, as it’s a common side-effect of dynamically-created menus in Windows applications, even if the program’s authors didn’t do it on purpose. (I’d guess this was not an explicitly-intended feature.) I mention it here, both to inform others, and to offer up a request to make sure it doesn’t go away in future versions. Hope you find this info helpful!