Notepad++ is a great text editor for the Windows operating system. It has a lot of great features and there are also many useful plugins for it. The Explorer plugin features an integrated file explorer inside the Notepad++ user interface which is pretty handy most of the time. But there is a specific feature missing: the ability to quickly search and open files under a specific root directory by typing part of their filename. This feature is available in other text editors. For example, there is the Snap Open Plugin for gedit. I have developed this feature and integrated it in the original Explorer plugin.
You can view the source code and download the plugin DLL from GitHub: npp-explorer.
You can invoke the Snap Open dialog by pressing Ctrl-Alt-O or from the menu bar (Plugins -> Explorer -> Snap Open). Before invoking the dialog you have to select your root directory. You can set the root directory by simply clicking on a directory in the tree view of the Explorer plugin. You can also fix the root directory by right clicking the appropriate directory and selecting the “Set as Root” option. That way you can freely browse through the directories without changing your snap open root directory.
Here, I provide two patches for this mod. The vs 2010 compatibility patch, which is necessary in order to compile the Explorer plugin under the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and the snap open patch, which contains the actual implementation. I am, also, providing a modded version of the Explorer plugin DLL with the Snap Open feature.