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I use mc 4.1.36 (C) ported to windows(I use Vista). I would love to be able to navigate through the list of directories that I've previously visited using the drop-down except that I don't know how to invoke it. This version of mc i use does not have support for mouse. So, what is the KEY that will invoke this drop-down behavior ? Years ago, by accident, I invoked it but I forgot to document it.

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If you like text-mode file managers for Windows, a far more capable one than MC (which I love and use on Linux), is NDN. Plenty of shortcuts, and they just work, out of the box. – Dan Dascalescu Mar 6 '14 at 6:05
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I don't have the version you have but on V4.5 the manual says the keys are

    Moves to the previous directory in the history, equivalent to depressing the '<' with the mouse. 
    Moves to the next directory in the history, equivalent to depressing the '>' with the mouse. 
M-S-h, M-H
    Displays the directory history, equivalent to depressing the 'v' with the mouse.

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You're probably better off using a dedicated file manager for Windows. If you like text-mode ones, NDN is the best.

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Can you elaborate on this one? Why do you think mc is a bad choice? I guess the OP seems to be very happy with his/her choice of file manager. And BTW: There is no such thing as “the best” piece of software, at least not generalized as you did. – Marco Sep 28 '12 at 9:40
Because MC wasn't designed for Windows, with various consequences, such as keyboard shortcuts being a mess. And I haven't generalized about anything; to clarify: NDN is the best text-mode file manager for Windows. Do you still think my answer warrants a downvote? Please consider this carefully, as by your own admission, you don't use Windows. – Dan Dascalescu Sep 29 '12 at 23:28
am OP. this info was useful to me. I still use mc across linux and windows --- however the windows port is not quite there as the linux one. I wouldn't mind looking at text-mode file managers on windows. thanks. – anjanbacchu Mar 20 '14 at 13:03
am OP. I have started using mc on OS X as well :-) – anjanbacchu Sep 19 '14 at 10:06
Please read How to recommend software for instructions on recommending software on Super User. At minimum please provide a brief description of the software and how it will address the OP's question. – Twisty Jun 6 '15 at 15:40

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