CLion 2020.3 Help

Menus and toolbars

Main elements of the IDE window

Main elements of CLion window

  1. Main menu and toolbar – this area contains commands for opening and creating projects, code refactoring, running and debugging applications, keeping files under version control, and more.

    CLion for Linux features the Macintosh-style menu – a horizontal menu bar attached to the top of the screen.

    The native (global) menu is enabled in the Unity desktop environment out of the box. If you use another desktop environment, make sure that the global menu is supported and enable it manually.

  2. Navigation bar – this is a quick alternative to the Project tool window.

  3. Context menus – these menus are available with a right-click and contain commands applicable to the current context.

  4. Popup menus – these menus contain commands applicable to the current context.

Tips and tricks

  • Show or hide the main elements of the CLion UI by using the View menu.

  • Descriptions of the actions from menus and toolbar buttons are displayed in the left side of the Status bar.

  • If you know which action you want to perform, but do not know where to find it, press Ctrl+Shift+A, type the action name, and select it from the suggestion list.

The Linux native menu

In CLion for Linux, you can use the Macintosh-style menu – a horizontal menu bar attached to the top of the screen. By default, the Linux native menu is enabled.

Disable the native menu

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+A to open the Find Action dialog, type Experimental features, and press Enter.

  2. Clear the checkbox next to the linux.native.menu option, apply the changes, and close the dialog.

  3. Restart CLion.

Last modified: 25 January 2021