IntelliJ IDEA 13.1.0 Web Help

Use this dialog to select the necessary file or files and/or folder or folders.

The dialog name and the available functions depend on the task you are performing at the moment. (Inappropriate functions, normally, are disabled.) For example, depending on the situation, you may be able to select only one item or a number of items. There may be the cases when you can select a folder or folders but cannot select a file or files, etc.

Main functions

Most of the functions available in this dialog are accessed by means of the toolbar icons (shown in the Icon column). Alternatively, context menu commands (accessed by right-clicking items in the tree; listed in the Command column) or keyboard shortcuts (the Shortcut column) may be used.

Icon Command Shortcut Description
userHome Home Ctrl+1Ctrl+1Ctrl+1Ctrl+1Ctrl+1Ctrl+1Ctrl+1Ctrl+1Ctrl+1Command 1Command 1Command 1 Use this icon, command or shortcut to select your home directory. For example, on Windows, this may be C:\Users\<your_name>.
projectHome Project Ctrl+2Ctrl+2Ctrl+2Ctrl+2Ctrl+2Ctrl+2Ctrl+2Ctrl+2Ctrl+2Command 2Command 2Command 2 Use this icon, command or shortcut to select your project root directory.
groupByModule Module Ctrl+3Ctrl+3Ctrl+3Ctrl+3Ctrl+3Ctrl+3Ctrl+3Ctrl+3Ctrl+3Command 3Command 3Command 3 Use this icon, command or shortcut to select the root directory of the current module.
icon_newFolder New Folder Alt+Insert or Ctrl+NAlt+Insert or Ctrl+NAlt+Insert or Ctrl+NAlt+Insert or Ctrl+NAlt+Insert or Ctrl+NAlt+Insert or Ctrl+NAlt+Insert or Ctrl+NAlt+Insert or Ctrl+NAlt+Insert or Ctrl+NAlt Insert or Command NAlt Insert or Command NAlt Insert or Command N Use this icon, command or shortcut to create a new folder in the selected folder.
close Delete DeleteDeleteDeleteDeleteDelete or Ctrl+DDeleteDeleteDeleteDeleteDelete, Backspace or Command BackspaceDelete, Backspace or Command BackspaceDelete, Backspace or Command Backspace Use this icon, command or shortcut to delete the selected file or folder.
refresh Refresh Ctrl+Alt+YCtrl+Alt+YCtrl+Alt+YCtrl+Alt+YCtrl+Alt+YCtrl+Alt+YCtrl+Alt+YCtrl+Alt+YCtrl+Alt+YAlt Command YAlt Command YAlt Command Y Use this icon, command or shortcut to synchronize the tree with the current state of the file system.

(Under certain circumstances, IntelliJ IDEA may not be aware of the changes made externally unless you use this command.)

showHiddenFilesAndDirectories Show or Hide Hidden Files and Folders Use this icon or command to turn showing hidden files and folders on or off.
show-quick-list Show Quick List Use this icon or command to show a list of all JDKs available on your computer. This icon is only available for selecting JDK.
Hide or Show path Ctrl+PCtrl+PCtrl+PCtrl+PCtrl+PCtrl+PCtrl+PCtrl+PCtrl+PCommand PCommand PCommand P Use this command or shortcut to hide or show the path field. (The command is located on the toolbar in the right-hand part of the dialog and is shown as a hyperlink.)

Path field

The path field (if not hidden) is located underneath the toolbar. This field shows the path to the item selected in the tree.

By using the path auto-completion feature available in this field, you can quickly navigate through the file system to select the necessary file or folder.

To activate path auto-completion, place the cursor in the field and press Ctrl+SpaceCtrl+SpaceCtrl+SpaceCtrl+SpaceAlt+SlashCtrl+SpaceCtrl+SpaceCtrl+Space or Ctrl+Back SlashCtrl+SpaceControl SpaceControl SpaceControl Space. Start typing. A pop-up will appear showing the contents of the current directory. Select an item in the pop-up. Continue typing and selecting until the necessary item is selected.

Use show-recent button to the right, to show the history list of the recent entries.

Using drag-and-drop from a file browser

You can quickly locate and select the necessary file or folder if you drag-and-drop the corresponding item from your file browser (Explorer, Finder, etc.) into the area where the tree is shown.

See Also

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