IntelliJ IDEA 13.1.0 Web Help

IntelliJ IDEA status bar indicates the current IDE state and lets you carry out certain environment maintenance tasks.

Status bar

Icon Description
show_hide_tool_window_bars Click to toggle showing or hiding tool window bars. Also double press and hold to show hidden tool window bars. Refer to the procedure description.
uiStatusMenuInfo.png Shows description of a command, currently selected on the main menu, context menu, or a toolbar.
uiStatusBackground Click this icon to invoke the Background Tasks manager.
uiStatusLineNum The first two numbers denote the current caret position in the editor(line and column).

If a selection is made in the editor, IntelliJ IDEA shows the length of the current selection after slash.

uiStatusLock.png uiStatusUnlock Lock icon indicates the read-only or writable attribute of the current file in the editor. Click the icon to toggle file attribute.


Use also File | Make File Writable/Read-only command on the main menu.

Indicates whether the new characters in the editor overwrite the existing ones. In the Overwrite mode, the form of the cursor changes to a rectangle. Press the key to toggle the Insert and Overwrite modes.
12.1+ uiStatusLineEnding View and change line endings of the current file in the editor.
uiStatusEncoding.png View and change encoding of the current file in the editor.
hector.gif Hovering your mouse pointer over the icon shows the current code inspection profile at the tooltip.

Clicking the Hector icon results in showing a dialog box with the following functions:

  • Highlighting level. Use the slider to change highlighting level for the current file, or configure inspection profile.

    Depending on the highlighting level selected by the slider, Hector keeps an eye on the code hector.gif (Inspection level), turns half face hector half face (Syntax), or averts his face from the code hector back (None).

  • Power Save Mode. Select this check box to minimize power consumption of your computer on account of eliminating the background operations.

    When Power Save Mode is on, IntelliJ IDEA reduces its functionality to the one of a text editor, by not executing expensive background activities that drain laptop battery. These activities include error highlighting and on-the-fly inspections, autopopup code completion , and automatic incremental background compilation .

    Hector fades hectorOff.


    You can also toggle Power Save Mode on the main menu (File | Power Save Mode).

  • Import popup. Use this check box to enable or disable auto-import for the current file. You can turn auto-import off for the whole product in the Auto Import page of the Settings dialog.
uiStatusChanges Click this icon to navigate to the pending source control changelists in the Incoming tab of the Changes tool window.
uiStatusHeap Shows the current heap level and memory usage. Visibility of this section in the Status bar is defined by the Show memory indicator check box in the Appearance page of the Settings dialog.

Click the memory indicator to run the garbage collector.

Shows logged in to or logged out from IntelliJ Configuration Server Server status. Click to show the IntelliJ Configuration Server Settings dialog box.

This is only available upon installing the IntelliJ Configuration Server plugin.


More icons appear in the Status bar as you download and install plugins.

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