IntelliJ IDEA 2024.1 Help

Code Folding

Use this page to specify the default code folding settings. For shortcuts on how to expand or collapse code elements, refer to the code folding section.



Show code folding outline

Select this checkbox if you want the code folding icons to be shown in the gutter. Clear the checkbox to hide the icons.

Show code folding arrows

Display code folding icons in the editor.

From the list, select the way in which the icons for unfolded areas should be displayed:

  • Always: code folding icons are always displayed in the gutter.

  • On mouse hover: code folding icons appear only when you hover over the gutter.

Code folding

Show bottom arrows: display the bottom folding arrows in the gutter as well. Otherwise, only the top arrows are shown.

Fold by default

Select the code fragments that should be folded by default, that is, when a file is first opened in the editor.

  • File header

  • Imports

  • Documentation comments

  • Method bodies

  • Custom folding regions - blocks of code within matched pairs of curly braces {}, learn more from Expand or collapse code elements.

    For example, select a block of code for which you want to create a folding region, press Ctrl+Alt+T, select either <editor fold> or region...endregion comments depending on the style you need, and name the created custom region. Now, when you select the Custom folding regions option, IntelliJ IDEA will fold such regions when you open your file in the editor.

    Custom region
    Folded custom region
  • Android - language-specific code fragments in Android

  • JavaScript - language-specific code fragments in JavaScript and TypeScript

  • Java-language-specific code fragments in Java

  • Properties - code in .properties files

    Use the Fold '{0}','{1}' ... placeholders to corresponding context expressions from Java/Kotlin code option to show folded substitutions for property key values. Note that using these settings might potentially slow down the .properties file loading.

  • SQL - language-specific code fragments in SQL

  • Scala - language-specific code fragments in Scala

  • XML - language-specific code fragments in XML

Last modified: 26 May 2024