IntelliJ IDEA 14.0.0 Web Help

Opening and Reopening Files in the Editor

In this section:

Opening a file for editing

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Double-click the desired file in one of the Tool Windows.
    • Select the desired file in one of the Tool Windows and press F4.
    • Select the desired file in the one of the Tool Windows and choose Jump to Source on the context menu.
    • Use the Navigate command for a Class, File, or Symbol.
    • Click the desired directory in the Navigation bar, and select file from the drop-down list:
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  2. If the file type is registered, the file opens silently in IntelliJ IDEA's editor.

    If the file type is registered under the category Files opened in associated applications, it will be opened in its associated application, rather than in the IntelliJ IDEA editor. By default, IntelliJ IDEA suggests a number of such file types, for example .doc, .chm, or .pdf.

    If the file type is unknown, IntelliJ IDEA suggests you to choose whether you want to register a new file type, or open such file in its associated application. Specify your choice in the Register New File Type Association dialog box:

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    You can register the required file types on the File Types page of the Settings dialog.

Opening an external file

  • Choose File | Open on the main menu and select the desired file in the dialog box that opens.
  • Drag the required file from the Explorer (Windows), File Browser (Linux), or Finder (Mac OS) and drop it to the editor. The file will open for editing in a new tab.

Reopening files

  • To open a recently opened file, choose View | Recent Files on the main menu or press Ctrl+E. Then select the desired file from the Recent Files pop-up window, that opens.
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  • To open a recently updated file, on the main menu, choose View | Recently Changed Files or press Ctrl+Shift+E. Then select the desired file from the Recently Edited Files pop-up window, that opens.

Opening files in separate IntelliJ IDEA window

  • Drag and drop an editor tab outside of the current IntelliJ IDEA window.
  • Press Shift+F4 for a file selected in the Project tool window.
  • Shift+mouse double click on a file name in the Project tool window.

See Also

Last modified: 4 December 2014
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