IntelliJ IDEA 14.0.0 Web Help

Searching Everywhere

IntelliJ IDEA makes it possible to look for any item of the source code, databases, actions, elements of the user interface, etc. in a single action.

To search everywhere, follow these steps

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Click search_everywhere in the upper-right corner of the IntelliJ IDEA window.
    • Double-press Shift
  2. In the pop-up window that opens, start typing the search string, to narrow down the suggestion list:
    search_everywhere1

    The search string can be a name of a symbol or action, an option, or an abbreviation of an action.

  3. Select the desired target from the suggestion list. The further behavior depends on the search target. IntelliJ IDEA may silently navigate to the desired source code, show the desired setting, or a pop-up list of Find Action.

    You can also just press the desired shortcut, to switch from the Search everywhere pop-up window to any other navigation and search action: for example, press Ctrl+N to jump to the selected class, or Ctrl+Alt+S to show the corresponding option in the Settings dialog.

To configure search everywhere scopes

  1. In the Search Everywhere dialog, click configure_scopes.
  2. Turn on or off the desired search scopes:
    search_everywhere_scopes

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Last modified: 4 December 2014
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