Besides standard settings that you frequently use, IntelliJ IDEA offers various advanced options that you can use to fine-tune the behavior of the specific product functionality.
Since the advanced settings consist of different sections, you can use the search field to quickly navigate to the section of interest or the needed option. You can also search for registry keys since some of advanced options have associated registry keys.
Show only line bookmarks in popup
By default, IntelliJ IDEA shows only line bookmarks in the bookmarks popup (Shift+F11 or Bookmarks.). Disable this option if you want to see other bookmarked items in the popup, for example, files or folders. For more information, see
Use this section to configure additional options when compiling a project.
Allow auto-make to start even if developed application is currently running
Select this option to automatically build your project even if the application you are working on is currently running. Note that some application classes might be deleted during the build.
Maximum number of recent expressions
The number of expressions to be saved in the Evaluate expression history.
Connect to Docker automatically at restart
Select to connect to the configured Docker daemon after IntelliJ IDEA starts.
Image registry entities loading limit
For performance reasons, by default, IntelliJ IDEA shows only the first 100 images in a Docker registry. Increase this number if you need to list more. This will also increase the memory usage.
The log tab should be the first tab for the docker container
Show the Log tab as the first tab in the container overview pane.
Enable highlighting for code elements in documentation components (Quick Documentation popup and tool window and rendered Javadocs).
Basic syntax highlighting of inline code
Highlight keywords, numbers, and strings in all inline code elements in documentation components.
Basic syntax highlighting of multiline code blocks
Highlight keywords, numbers, and strings in all multiline code blocks in documentation components.
Syntax highlighting of links on code elements
All links in code elements will be fully highlighted with the color corresponding to the color that is selected in the editor color scheme of this element (class, method, field, and so on).
Use this section to configure additional options for working in the editor.
Don't copy/cut the current line when invoking the Copy or Cut action with no selection
This option lets you override the default behavior of copying Ctrl+C or cutting Ctrl+X the whole current line when nothing is selected in the editor.
Don't select the copied line after invoking the Copy action with no selection
By default, when you use Ctrl+C without selecting anything, the whole line gets copied. With this action, you can avoid that selection.
When pasting a line copied with no selection
You can change the default Paste above the caret line behavior, and select either Paste at the caret line that restores the old Copy / Paste behavior or Trim if pasted middle line that will remove the unnesessary spaces before and after the copied line if it is pasted in the middle of the line.
Render special characters, such as control codes, using their Unicode name abbreviations
When this option is selected, you can use the Unicode name abbreviations for special characters, such as control codes.
Show zoom indicator
Use this option to see an indicator that shows the current font size and the option to revert it back to default while zooming your code in or out in the editor.
Tab character rendering
You can select one of the following options:
Left margin in distraction free mode
This option lets you adjust the left editor margin in the distraction-free and zen viewing modes.
By default, the editor text in these viewing modes is centered vertically and the text column width corresponds to the Hard wrap at option on the Editor | Code Style page of the IDE settings Ctrl+Alt+S. This means that if your code will be centered when formatted properly, but if there are long unwrapped lines, the text might go beyond the viewport while there is a large margin on the left. In such cases, you may want to decrease the left margin using this option.
Force soft wrap in documents with lines longer than
The default number is
Move caret down after Comment with Line Comment action
This option lets you configure whether to move the caret to the next line if you comment a line with a line comment Ctrl+/. Note that if there is a selection in the editor, the caret will not move regardless of this option.
Besides the standard editor tabs options that IntelliJ IDEA offers when you work with tabs in the editor, this section contains extra options that are also available as internal registry actions.
When navigating to a file, prefer selecting existing tab in inactive split pane
When you navigate to a file that is already opened in the inactive split, use this option to activate the existing file in that split pane instead of opening a new copy of the file in the active split.
Open declaration source in the same tab
When you navigate to a method, class or variable, the source file that contains their declaration will replace the current tab if there are no changes.
Open declaration source called from a detached window in the main IDE window
When you navigate to a method, class, or variable from a detached window, IntelliJ IDEA will open the source file containing the declaration in the main editor.
Perform 'Hide All Tool Windows' / 'Restore Windows' with double-click on editor tab
When this option is enabled, you can double-click editor tabs to hide and restore all tool windows. Alternatively, you can do that by pressing Ctrl+Shift+F12 or by choosing from the main menu.
Perform 'Maximize Editor' / 'Normalize Splits' with double-click on editor tab
When this option is enabled, you can double-click tabs in split editor tab groups to change relative size of the tab group: the first double-click will extend the tab and its group to the maximum and shrink all other groups to the minimum width/height; the second double-click will allocate the same width and height for each tab group.
Alternatively, you can choose Find Action popup Ctrl+Shift+A.from the main menu or pick these actions from the
This option can work together with Perform 'Hide All Tool Windows' / 'Restore Windows' with double-click on editor tab, but be prepared to have multiple changes in the IDE layout every time you double-click a fie tab.
Equalize proportions in nested splits
Use this option to even the size of multiple horizontal or vertical splits in the editor.
Keep pinned tabs on the left
Always move pinned tabs to the left side of the editor tabs bar. Otherwise, the location of pinned tabs is not defined, and you can move them on the tabs bar as necessary.
Find / Replace
Use this section to configure extra options when working with Search and replace a target within a project.
Enable similar usages clustering in Find Usages view
IntelliJ IDEA analyzes search results, detects the most common usage patterns, and categorizes all found usages into groups based on their structural similarity. These usage clusters appear in the Preview tab.
For more information, refer to Search for usages in a project.
Maximum number of results to show in Find in Files/Show Usages preview
The default maximum number of results is
Use this section to configure extra options on storing different entities of your project.
Maximum number of recent projects
Use this option to change the default number of stored recent projects, which is
Maximum number of recent files
Use this option to change the default number of stored recent files, which is
Maximum number of recent locations
Use this option to change the default number of stored recent locations, which is
Duration of storing changes in Local History
Use this option to specify the number of days for which you want to keep changes in the local history.
Compiler reference index
Enable this option to search for usages with the help of references from compiler indexes.
Hide floating toolbar
When you select some text in a Markdown file, IntelliJ IDEA shows a floating toolbar with various formatting options. Select this checkbox if you don't want to see the floating toolbar, then reopen the tab to apply the changes.
Use this section to configure additional options for working in Project tool window.
Move focus to editor when Enter is pressed
When this option is selected, you can press Enter while in the Project view to switch focus to the editor.
When collapsing a node, also collapse all expanded nodes under it
When this option is selected, IntelliJ IDEA collapses subnodes as well as the parent node.
Increase font size in Project view
Select this option if you want to change the size of font in the Project view. You need to restart IntelliJ IDEA.
Thread count used by Project-Wide analysis
If you specify
Analysis delay after change
Use this option to set a delay before the code analysis. The default delay is
Temporary configurations limit
Use this option to change the default number of stored temporary run/debug configurations, which is
Confirm rerun with process termination
When you call rerun for a running process, IntelliJ IDEA prompts you to confirm the action of terminating the existing process and launching a new one. You can change the default behaviour by clearing this checkbox.
Make configurations pinned by default
Select this option to automatically pin tabs that open in the Run tool window after you run configurations.
Maximum number of recent run configurations in the new UI
Specify the number of recent run/debug configurations that will be displayed in the Run widget.
Configuration files parser
Select a parser:
Custom path to an OpenSSH tool
Specify the path to OpenSSH if you have selected the OpenSSH parser.
Show text search results in Search Everywhere
Enable text search in Search Everywhere. Results will be displayed on the new Text tab and on the All tab at the bottom of the list.
Wait for all contributors to finish before showing results
Wait for all search contributors to finish their jobs before showing the final search results. This option fixes the position of an item in search results preventing it from jumping in the list. In case there are slow search contributors, this option might slow down the operation of Search Everywhere.
In the Contributors waiting timeout (ms) field, specify how much time to wait for search contributors to finish their jobs.
Sort results in the Actions tab based on machine learning
By default, the search results on the Actions tab are sorted using machine learning instead of the standard ranking mechanism.
Sort results in the Files tab based on machine learning
By default, the search results on the Files tab are sorted using machine learning instead of the standard ranking mechanism.
Sort results in the Classes tab based on machine learning
By default, the search results on the Classes tab are sorted using machine learning instead of the standard ranking mechanism.
Sort results in the All tab based on machine learning
Sort search results on the All tab using machine learning instead of standard ranking mechanism.
Open README.md file if there are no open files on project startup
If you select this option, IntelliJ IDEA will open a README.md file if there aren't any opened files when you start your project.
Configure advanced settings related to working with the embedded terminal emulator.
Terminal scrollback buffer size
Use this option to increase the buffer size in the terminal.
Move focus to the editor with Escape
When this option is selected, you can use Escape to switch focus from the terminal to the editor.
Enable typeahead in the terminal, which can be useful for remote connections when you expect the typing latency.
Typeahead latency threshold
Turn typeahead on when the terminal latency exceeds the specified value (in milliseconds).
Show application title
Name terminal tabs automatically based on the commands that you run.
Show tool window icons on hover in the new UI
By default, the icons in tool window headers (for example, and ) are displayed only when you hover the mouse over a tool window or when a tool window is in focus.
Disable the option to display tool window header icons all the time.
Show file type icon in IDE frame header
On macOS, the icon can be used to drag a file to a different application.
Use words instead of symbols for macOS keyboard shortcuts
Select this option if you want to see shortcuts with words instead of symbols.
Cyclic scrolling in lists and trees
Select the last element when pressing Up on the first element, and vice versa.
Position mouse cursor on default button in dialogs
When this option is selected, the mouse cursor is placed on the default button (usually it is OK) in a dialog.
Disable double modifier key shortcuts
You can disable shortcuts where a double key is used. For example, Shift or Ctrl.
Open Diff as Editor Tab
When this option is selected, the difference viewer is displayed as the editor tab.
Load file annotations from VCS when file is opened in editor
When this option is selected, IntelliJ IDEA loads annotations when you open a file in the editor.
Highlight ignored files
When this option is selected, IntelliJ IDEA shows the list of ignored files from VCS and displays their status in the editor.
Enable Commit tool window
When you select this option, IntelliJ IDEA displays the Local Changes and Shelf tabs in a separate tool window.
Toggle commit controls
When this option is selected, IntelliJ IDEA hides the commit panel and checkboxes after the commit is performed and lets you toggle them in the Commit Changes dialog.
Select all repositories with new commits for push
When this option is selected, IntelliJ IDEA selects all commits that will be pushed by default.
Version Control. Git
Recursively clone submodules in the project
When this option is selected, during the checkout from Git,
Apply content transformation when reading from Git
When this option is selected, IntelliJ IDEA will use the
Use Safe Force Push
When this option is selected, IntelliJ IDEA uses
Check for incoming and outgoing commits
When this option is selected, IntelliJ IDEA updates the information on the branches that have incoming or outgoing commits in the Branches popup.
Use Windows certificate store
When this option is selected, it forces Git to use Windows certificate store to verify SSL connections. This works for Git 2.14 and later versions.