GoLand 2019.3 Help

Viewing modes of tool windows

You can view and adjust tool windows in various ways to quickly access them and save space when you work in the editor or other tool windows.

Change view mode of a tool window

  • From the main menu, select Window | Active Tool Window | View mode and the actual mode option.

  • On the title bar of a tool window, click the Show Options Menu icon, from the list of options, select View Mode and the actual mode option.

  • Right-click a tool window or a title bar and from the list of options, select View Mode and the actual mode option.

You can configure a number of general viewing options for tool windows under Window Options on the Appearance & Behavior | Appearance page of GoLand settings Ctrl+Alt+S.

Docked mode

You can make a tool window stay open even if your focus is somewhere else, for example, in the editor or other tool window. To achieve that, use the Dock pinned mode when you select your viewing mode.

To close the tool window when you switch focus, use the Dock unpinned or the Undock mode.

Docked and undocked mode

In the docked mode, all the sides of a tool window are attached to surrounding elements (the editor, other tool windows, and so on.) In this mode, the tool window and the adjacent elements share the space available in the main window.

When undocked, all the sides of a tool window (except the one at the tool window bar) are detached from surrounding elements. The window moves to the "upper layer" covering the elements it used to share the space with. In one of the directions (along the tool window bar), the window stretches and takes all the available space. In the other direction, one of the window borders becomes loose and can be moved without affecting the sizes of other, underlying elements.

Float/Window mode

You can detach a tool window using the Float or the Window mode.

Initially, all the tool windows are in a fixed mode. It means that the tool window stays within the main IDE window.

  • In the Float mode, a tool window can be moved around the screen, but it stays on top of the main IDE window.

  • In the Window mode, a tool window behaves as a separate application window. It means that the tool window can be overlapped by the main IDE window.

Group Tabs option

If more than one view is available in a tool window, the corresponding views may be shown on separate tabs if the Group Tabs option is selected in Window | Active Window of the main menu.

Group tabs result

Wide screen support

GoLand makes it possible for the tool windows to use the full width and height of the screen. In the Settings dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, expand the node Appearance and Behaviour, and in the Appearance page, use the checkboxes Wide screen tool window layout and Side by side layout on the left/right to optimize placement of the tool windows.

Last modified: 23 March 2020