IntelliJ IDEA 14.1.1 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.

To reopen a recent project

IntelliJ IDEA keeps the history list of the recent projects, from which you can select the desired one.

When IntelliJ IDEA starts, the most recent project reopens by default (unless this option is disabled in System Settings page of the Settings dialog).

  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.

To close a project

When the only open project is closed, the Welcome screen is displayed. In case of multiple projects, each one is closed with its frame.

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

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Last modified: 6 April 2015