A SmartPath is a simple pointer to a specific folder. A SmartPath is identified by a number and a nickname. You can display the contents of a SmartPath in one of 3 ways.
1. Press the option circle to the left of the SmartPath nickname. This will display all of the documents in the selected SmartPath. If conditions were indicated in the Name Filter box, only the files meeting the conditions will be shown.
Note: When you select an option circle, the PathSmart screen does not close. If the document you are seeking is not in the selected SmartPath, click on another one. You can potentially scroll through every folder on your computer searching for a document without ever leaving this screen. And by using appropriate filter criteria, your search will be much faster than it could ever be by standard up, down and across navigation in basic Word.
2. Press the name bar. This will dismiss the PathSmart screen and display a standard Word File Open screen open to the selected SmartPath. If conditions were indicated in the Name Filter box, only the files meeting the conditions will be shown. By pre-setting the filter criteria, the display of filtered files is much faster than opening Word's File Open screen and then filtering for files.
3. Mouselessly: If you know the SmartPath number of the folder that you wish to open, simply type the SmartPath number onto your editing screen. Press the hot-key combination <Alt-G>. Word's File Open screen will instantly open to the proper folder. No navigation required.
See <Alt-G> for more 'tricks' using this hot-key (including filtered mouseless navigation, opening a specific document using just the SmartPath number and the document's name, and much more).