CLion 2024.1 Help

Tool windows

Tool windows provide access to development tasks: viewing your project structure, running and debugging your application, integration with version control systems and other external tools, code analysis, search, navigation, and so on. By default, tool windows are attached to the bottom and sides of the main window. However, you can rearrange and even detach them to use as separate windows, for example, on another monitor.

The following screenshot shows several common tool windows occupying the space around the editor:

Tool windows examples
  1. Project tool window

  2. CMake tool window

  3. Git Commit tool window

  4. Structure tool window

Some tool windows are always available some are activated when a specific plugin is enabled, and some appear only when you perform a certain action .

Open a tool window

To show or hide a tool window, do one of the following:

  • Go to a tool window under View | Tool Windows.

  • Use the corresponding shortcut, for example, Alt+1 to open the Project tool window . If there is no shortcut for a tool window, you can assign it as described in Keyboard shortcuts.

  • Click the corresponding tool window button on the tool window bar.

    Tool window bar

  • In the Classic UI, hover over the quick access button Icon for quick access to tool windows/the Tool windows icon in the lower left corner of the main window and select a tool window.

    Quick access to tool windows

Hide the active tool window

  1. Press Shift+Escape or select Window | Active Tool Window | Hide Active Tool Window from the main menu.

    To show the hidden tool window, use the shortcut assigned to it (go to View | Tool Windows to see the full list of tool windows with shortcuts).

  2. Right-click the tool window's icon on the toolbar and select Hide.

  3. Click the Hide button (the Hide icon) on the tool window's title bar.

To focus your attention on the editor, you can hide all tool windows and when necessary, quickly restore all windows that were open when you've hidden them.

Hide or restore all tool windows

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+F12.

  • Double-click the editor tab that you want to maximize. This will only work if Perform 'Hide All Tool Windows' / 'Restore Windows' with double-click on editor tab is enabled on the Advanced Settings page of the IDE settings¬† Ctrl+Alt+S.

  • Select Window | Active Tool Window | Hide All Windows/Restore Windows from the main menu.

  • To change focus from a tool window to the last caret location in the editor, press Escape.

  • If you selected a code item in a tool window, for example, a search result, a code issue, or a bookmark, press F4 to open the corresponding file and locate this item in the editor.

  • To change focus from the editor back to the last active tool window, press F12 or select Window | Active Tool Window | Jump to Last Tool Window from the main menu.

Tool window bars and buttons

The bars on the sides of the main window contain icons of tool windows. Click an icon to show or hide the tool window. A right-click on an icon will open the context menu, where you can hide or move the tool window. You can also drag tool window icons to rearrange tool windows.

Tool window bars

Show or hide tool window bars

  • Go to View | Appearance in the main menu and then select or clear Tool Window Bars.

Tool window components

Generally, a tool window has a header and a content pane.

Tool window layout

Some tool windows also have toolbars that contain controls used to perform various actions.

Tool window toolbar

A tool window may include several different views. To switch between views, such windows have either tabs or a dropdown selector in the title bar.

The Project tool window with the Group Tabs option enabled
The Project tool window with the Group Tabs option disabled

Tool window header contains the options menu Options for changing the viewing mode and the position of the tool window, as well as a set of related settings or actions. You can also access these options by right-clicking the title bar.

You can click the Hide button to hide the tool window and use other buttons that may be on the title bar. For example, click The Expand All button and The Collapse All button to expand and collapse the contents of the tool window, or click The Select Opened File button to locate and select the file from the editor in the tool window.

By default, the icons in tool window headers are displayed only when you hover over a tool window or when a tool window is in focus. To always display tool windows header icons, go to the Advanced Settings page of the IDE settings  Ctrl+Alt+S and select Always show tool window header icons in the new UI.

Actions from the tool window toolbar are usually also available in the main menu and context menus. Some of them can also be executed with a default shortcut. You can assign shortcuts for actions as described in Keyboard shortcuts.

For all tool windows that display tree-like structures (for example, Project tool window) you can display vertical lines that mark indent levels in tree views and help you better understand the hierarchy of the components in your project. To display these lines, enable Show tree indent guides on the Appearance and Behavior | Appearance page of the IDE settings  Ctrl+Alt+S.

You can use the following shortcuts to manage CLion's tool windows:

Hide Active Tool Window

Shift+Escape

Hide All Tool Windows

Ctrl+Shift+F12

Jump to Last Tool Window

F12

Stretch to Left

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Left

Stretch to Right

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Right

Stretch to Top

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Up

Stretch to Bottom

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Down

Show Project window

Alt+1

Show Bookmarks window

Alt+2

Show Find window

Alt+3

Show Run window

Alt+4

Show Debug window

Alt+5

Show Problems window

Alt+6

Show Structure window

Alt+7

Show Services window

Alt+8

Show Version Control window

Alt+9

Show Commit window

Alt+0

Show Terminal window

Alt+F12

Show Database window

Ctrl+Alt+3

Last modified: 16 April 2024