IntelliJ IDEA 2017.3 Help

Navigating Between Open Files and Tool Windows

IntelliJ IDEA suggests a handy way to switch between files opened in the editor, split editor tabs, and tool windows (docked or floating). This is similar to application switchers in different operating systems. The switcher consists of two columns: the left one displays a list of tool windows, and the right one displays a list of files. If more than one file is currently opened in the editor, they are listed. If no files are currently opened, or there is just one tab, the switcher shows recently opened files (the currently opened file is marked with an asterisk).


To switch between files or tool windows:

  1. Press Ctrl+Tab.
  2. Keeping the first key (Ctrl on Windows/Linux or on macOS) pressed, use the following keys:
    • Left and Right to switch between the lists of tool windows and files.
    • Up and Down arrow keys, Tab or Shift+Tab to go up and down the list in both panes.
    • Delete or Backspace to close the editor tab where the selected file is opened and remove the selected file from the list.
  3. Release the Ctrl/ key. The corresponding file or tool window gets the focus, and the switcher pop-up disappears.
Last modified: 6 March 2018

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