IntelliJ IDEA 13.1.0 Web Help

VCS | Local History | Show History or Show History for Selection

Use this dialog to explore changes to a file, or selection. There are two views in this dialog:


The same dialog boxes are available on the context menu of a file or selected text in the editor.

History view

This view shows the list of revisions (states) of a file, with the date and time when the revision was stored. Some of the revisions are supplied with tags and labels.

Revisions are tagged automatically, for example, on opening a project, committing changes, or performing test. You can also set your own labels.

Item Description
rollback.png Click this button to revert the selected action.
iconCreatePatch.png Click this button to create a patch based on the selected local version.
help.png Click this button to open the corresponding help topic.


The same actions are available on the context menu of each revision.

Differences view

The Differences view is a powerful editor that supports basic search and replace, undo/redo actions, and code completion.

If a revision is selected in the History view, the left-hand pane of the Differences view shows this read-only revision, with the differences against the current revision which is displayed in the right-hand pane. The current revision can be edited.

Item Shortcut Description
img or or or or , or or or or or or or or Click this button to copy the current line or the selected fragment to the clipboard.
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Click this button to initiate the finding and replacing text procedure in the pane where the caret currently resides.

Refer to the search options description for details.

img or img or Use these buttons to move to the next or previous difference.
Ignore whitespace Use this drop-down list to define how the differences viewer should treat white spaces in the text.
  • Do not ignore - when this option is selected, white spaces are considered unimportant and the differences are highlighted.
  • Leading and Trailing - select this option to have differences in the end and in the beginning of a line ignored.
  • All - when this option is selected, white spaces are considered unimportant regardless of their location in the source code.
icon_InsertReplace, icon_InsertReplace2 or iconRemoveChange Use these buttons to apply differences.
Legend This area shows summary information about the encountered differences: the number of differences found and the color map.

The color map for the Differences viewer is configured on the Colors and Fonts page.

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