IntelliJ IDEA 2020.1 Help

Editor Tabs

Use this page to configure the appearance of the editor tabs and tab headers, specify their positioning on the screen, and define the tab closing policy.




Tab placement

Use the list to set the location of editor tabs. If you select None, no tabs will be displayed, and any new file will open in the current editor.

Show tabs in one row

Select this option to see the tab headers in a sigle row.

Hide if there is no space

If this checkbox is selected, IntelliJ IDEA shows as many tabs as there fit into the current IntelliJ IDEA frame; the rest are hidden under the Hide tabs drop-down. Clear the checkbox if you don't want to hide any tabs. Alternatively, from the main menu, select Window | Editor Tabs | Show Hidden Tabs for IntelliJ IDEA to display the hidden tabs.

The Hide if there is no space checkbox becomes available when Show tabs in single row is selected.

Use small fonts for labels

If this checkbox is selected, the font size on the editor tabs is set to the smaller value.

If this checkbox is not selected, the font size on the editor tabs is set to the default value, as in the project tree view.

Show file extension

Select if you want file extensions to be displayed in the editor tabs.

Show directory for non-unique file names

If this checkbox is selected, the editor tabs will show the filename together with the parent directory name if the filename is not unique.

Mark modified

Select to mark modified files with an asterisk Asterisk marker.

Show full path on mouse hover

Select to be able to see complete file paths in a tooltip. If you need to configure the tooltip duration, use the Tooltip initial delay option located on the Appearance settings page.

Close button position

Select where you want the closing button Close new to be displayed.

Close button position

Select this checkbox to configure where on the tab IntelliJ IDEA should display the close icon.

Tab Order

Sort tabs alphabetically

Select this checkbox if you want the names of editor tabs to appear in the alphabetical order.

Open new tabs at the end

Select this checkbox to open a new tab at the end of the already opened one.

Closing Policy

Tab limit

Specify the maximum number of editor tabs to be displayed.

When tabs exceed the limit

In this area, specify which editor tab should be closed when the limit is reached and the user attempts to open a new file:
  • Close unchanged:IntelliJ IDEA examines the tabs in the order they were opened and closes the first tab that has not been modified.

  • Close unused:IntelliJ IDEA closes the tab with the less frequently modified content.

When the current tab is closed, activate:

Specify which editor tab to activate when closing the current tab.

Open declaration source in the same tab

When you navigate to a method, class or a variable, the source file that contains their declaration will replace the current tab if there are no changes.

Last modified: 15 April 2020