IntelliJ IDEA 13.0.0 Web Help

By default, the tabs appear on top of the editor, but you can change their location as required, and have the tabs at the bottom, left, or right sides of the editor. Note that the tab placement is a global setting that applies to all projects.

To change location of the editor tabs, do one of the following
  • In the Editor Tabs page, select editor tabs position from the Placement drop-down list.
  • Right-click an editor tab, point to the menu item Tabs Placement, and then select the desired placement in the sub-menu.
To sort editor tabs alphabetically


The alphabetical sorting of the editor tabs is available when the editor tabs are located to the left or to the right from the editor pane.

In case of the top or bottom placement of the editor tabs, this command is disabled. However, alphabetical order for top and bottom placement becomes available, when Show tabs in single row check box is selected in the Editor Tabs page of the Settings dialog.

  1. Right-click an editor tab.
  2. Select the check command Alphabetical Mode.

    If this check command is selected, the tabs are presented in alphabetical order. Otherwise, the editor tabs appear in the order of opening the corresponding files.