Aqua 2023.3 Help

User interface themes

The interface theme defines the appearance of windows, dialogs, buttons, and all visual elements of the user interface. By default, Aqua uses the Darcula theme, unless you changed it during the first run.

Change the UI theme

  1. In the Settings dialog (Control+Alt+S), select Appearance & Behavior | Appearance.

  2. Select the UI theme from the Theme list:

    • Light: Aqua default light theme

    • Dark: Aqua default dark theme

    • Light with Light Header: Default light theme with a light header

    • Darcula: Alternative dark theme

    • IntelliJ Light: Traditional light theme for IntelliJ-based IDEs

    • High contrast: Theme designed for users with color vision deficiency

Settings | Appearance & Behavior | Appearance

Select Sync with OS to let Aqua detect the current system settings and use the default dark or light theme accordingly. If your OS is set up to auto-switch between day and night modes, the IDE will automatically toggle between light and dark themes too.

You can install a custom theme from JetBrains Marketplace as described in Managing plugins.

It is also possible to create your own UI themes for Aqua and customize the built-in themes. For more information, refer to IntelliJ Platform SDK Documentation.

Productivity tips

Use the quick switcher

  1. Press Control+` or select View | Quick Switch Scheme from the main menu.

  2. In the Switch popup, select Theme, and then select the desired interface theme.

Create shortcuts

Last modified: 10 October 2023