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Select Path dialog

Use this dialog to specify the location of files or folders in various situations, for example, to specify an executable file to run, or a configuration file to use, or a file to export test or inspection results to, and so on.

The dialog name and the available functions depend on the task you are performing at the moment (inappropriate functions are normally disabled). For example, depending on the situation, you may be able to select only one item, or a number of items. There may be cases when you can select a folder or folders but cannot select a file or files, and so on.

Main functions

Most of the functions available in this dialog are accessed by means of the toolbar icons (shown in the Icon column). Alternatively, you can use context menu commands (accessed by right-clicking items in the tree; listed in the Command column) or keyboard shortcuts (the Shortcut column).

user homeHomeCtrl+1 Use this icon, command or shortcut to select your home directory. For example, on Windows, this may be C:\Users\<your_name>.
icons.nodes.desktop.svgDesktopCtrl+DUse this icon, command or shortcut to select the Desktop directory
project icon pngProjectCtrl+2 Use this icon, command or shortcut to select your project root directory.
moduleFolder pngModuleCtrl+3Use this icon, command or shortcut to select the root directory of the current module.
icons.actions.newFolder.svgNew FolderAlt+Insert Use this icon, command or shortcut to create a new folder in the selected folder.
icons.actions.close.svgDeleteDeleteUse this icon, command or shortcut to delete the selected file or folder.
icons.actions.refresh.svgRefreshCtrl+Alt+Y Use this icon, command or shortcut to synchronize the tree with the current state of the file system.

(Under certain circumstances, IntelliJ IDEA may not be aware of the changes made externally unless you use this command.)

showHiddenFilesAndDirectories pngShow or Hide Hidden Files and FoldersUse this icon or command to turn showing hidden files and folders on or off.
show-quick-listShow Quick ListUse this icon or command to show a list of all JDKs available on your computer. This icon is only available when selecting a JDK.
Hide or Show pathCtrl+P Use this command or shortcut to hide or show the path field. (The command is located on the toolbar in the right-hand part of the dialog and is shown as a hyperlink.)

Path field

The path field (if not hidden) is located underneath the toolbar. This field shows the path to the item selected in the tree.

By using the path auto-completion feature available in this field, you can quickly navigate through the file system to select the necessary file or folder.

To activate path auto-completion, place the cursor in the field and press Ctrl+Space. Start typing. A popup will appear showing the contents of the current directory. Select an item from the popup. Continue typing and selecting until the necessary item is selected.

Use the show-recent button to the right to show the history list of recent entries.

Using drag-and-drop from a file browser

You can quickly locate and select the necessary file or folder if you drag the corresponding item from your file browser (Explorer, Finder, etc.) into the area where the tree is shown.

Last modified: 19 August 2020