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Scopes

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A scope is a set of files to which various operations apply. Using this dialog, you can define scopes for the various IntelliJ IDEA actions, for example, Find Usages, or Code Inspections.

In this section:

Main toolbar

Item Tooltip Description
add Add scope
Insert
Click this button to add a new local or shared scope.
delete Delete
Delete
Click this button to delete the selected scope from the list.
copy Copy configuration
Ctrl+D
Click this button to create a copy of the selected scope.
mainToolbarSave Save as Click this button to have the selected local scope saved as shared or a selected shared scope as local.
arrowUp arrowDown Move Up/Move Down Use these buttons to move the scopes up and down in the list.

If some file is included into several scopes, the order of the scopes becomes important: IntelliJ IDEA uses the color of the uppermost scope (shown in the Scopes settings page) to highlight such file. Of course, you can change the order of the scopes, and thus the resulted highlighting.

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Scope configuration controls

Item Description
Name In this text box, specify the scope name.
Pattern In this text box, specify the pattern that defines the current scope. The following elements and structures can be used:
  1. The file: modifier. The element is mandatory.
  2. The * asterisk to denote any symbol in a file name or file extension.
  3. Logical operators AND (&&), OR (||), and NOT (!).

For more information, see Scope Language Syntax Reference.

Type or edit the pattern manually or choose the desired files in the Project Tree View - IntelliJ IDEA will generate the corresponding pattern automatically.

Include Click this button to have the selected element included in the scope. The corresponding expression is automatically generated and added to the expression in the Pattern text box.
Include Recursively Click this button to have the selected folder included in the scope, together with the nested subfolders. The corresponding expression is automatically generated and added to the expression in the Pattern text box.
Exclude Click this button to have the selected element excluded from the scope. The corresponding expression is automatically added to the Pattern. If the current element is a folder, the nested subfolders are ignored.
Exclude Recursively Click this button to have the selected folder excluded from the scope, together with the nested subfolders. The corresponding expression is automatically added to the Pattern field.

Scope toolbar

Item Tooltip Description
Project tree view The tree view contains all the files available in your project. In the view, select the desired files to be included in the current scope and have the scope definition pattern generated automatically. The message on the toolbar shows the total number of available files and the number of files included in the scope. See also the color legend below. Use the toolbar buttons described below to change the view presentation.

The way of presentation of the project tree view, the available controls and scopes language syntax depend on the selection in project vs package drop-down list.

flattenPackages Flatten Packages When the button is pressed, all the packages are displayed as a single-level tree view. This enables you to find a package somewhere deep within the project by its name without going through the entire tree hierarchy.
compactEmptyPackages Compact Empty Middle Packages This option lets you specify how or whether empty packages are to be shown. (Empty packages are ones that contain nothing but other packages.)
groupByScoupType Group by Scopes Type When this button is pressed, the items in the tree-view are grouped below three nodes:
  • Library Classes
  • Production Classes
  • Test Classes

This button is only available for the Package presentation of scopes.

showFiles Show Files If this button is pressed, source files are displayed explicitly in the tree view. When the files are shown, they can be selected for exclusion/inclusion into a pattern.
scope_pattern

If this button is not pressed, the files are hidden.

commonfilter Show Included Only When the button is pressed, the tree shows only the elements that are included in the scope.
scope_project_vs_package
Use this drop-down box to define how you want the project files to be displayed in the tree view. The available options are:
  • Project
  • Packages

The project tree view presentation, scopes language syntax and the available toolbar buttons differ depending on the selection.

Legend of the project tree view

Item Description
Green Folders and files included in scope.
Black Folders and files excluded from scope.
Blue Folders that contain both excluded and included files and subfolders.

See Also

Last modified: 12 November 2014
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