Opening, Reopening and Closing Projects
In this section:
- Open project in a new window to open a new IntelliJ IDEA window each time a new project is opened.
- Open project in the same window to stay in the same IntelliJ IDEA window.
- Confirm window to open project in to keep the default behavior and display a dialog box to choose how to open each new project.
Opening an existing project
To open an existing project
Do one of the following:
- On the Welcome screen, click Open.
- On the main menu, choose .
- In the Open Project dialog box, navigate to the desired
pom.xml, file or to the folder marked with the icon, that contains project
- In the Select Path dialog box, select the directory that contains the desired project.
- Specify whether you want to open the project in a new frame, or close the current project and reuse the existing frame. Refer to the section Opening Multiple Projects for details.
Reopening a recent project
IntelliJ IDEA keeps the history list of the recent projects, from which you can select the desired one.
To reopen a recent project
You can also:
- Reopen a recent project from the Welcome screen. To do that, click the project of interest in the left-hand pane where the list of your recent projects is shown. Start typing in the Welcome screen to filter the list of recent projects.
- Terminate the project opening process, without waiting when it finishes loading, by clicking Cancel in the progress window.
- Open projects and individual files from the command line, by specifying the project or file name as a command line argument.
- Remove all projects from the list of recent projects .
- Delete a certain recent project on the Welcome screen.
Closing a project
When the only open project is closed, the Welcome screen is displayed. In case of multiple projects, each one is closed with its frame.