IntelliJ IDEA 14.0.0 Web Help

Opening, Reopening and Closing Projects

In this section:

To open an existing project

  1. Do one of the following:
    • On the Welcome screen, click Open.
    • On the main menu, choose File | Open .
  2. In the Open Project dialog box, navigate to the desired *.ipr, .classpath, .project, or pom.xml, file or to the folder marked with the IDEA icon, that contains project .idea directory.
  3. Specify whether you want to open the project in a new frame, or close the current project and reuse the existing frame. Refer to the section Opening Multiple Projects for details.
11.0+

To reopen a recent project

  1. On the main menu, choose File | Reopen Project
  2. Select the desired project from the list of the recent ones.
  3. Specify whether you want to open the project in a new frame, or reuse the current frame.
  4. You can also:
    • 11.0+ Reopen a recent project from the Welcome screen. To do that, click the project of interest in the left-hand pane where the list of your recent projects is shown.
    • Terminate the project opening process, without waiting when it finishes loading, by clicking Cancel in the progress window.
    • 13.0+Right-click the task bar icon of IntelliJ IDEA. Select the desired recent project from the jumplist:
      ij_jumplist

      This functionality is supported for Windows 7+, and for OS X.

To close a project

  • On the main menu, choose File | Close Project .

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Last modified: 4 December 2014
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