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File nesting dialog

Use this dialog to configure presentation of files with the same names but different suffixes.

Such bunches of files may appear in framework-specific projects, for example, if you use Angular.

IntelliJ IDEA can present such file bunches as plain structures or show parent files as folders (nests) with their child files inside.

File nesting rules applied vs file nesting rules not applied

IntelliJ IDEA provides a set of predefined rules for file nesting. You can edit these rules as well as define your own custom ones. To configure file nesting, specify the suffixes of parent files and the suffixes of the child files.

the File Nesting dialog




Show files with the same names as nested

  • When the checkbox is selected, IntelliJ IDEA recognizes child files based on the patterns from the list and shows them grouped under the corresponding parents.

  • When the checkbox is cleared, IntelliJ IDEA shows parents and children at the same level.

    File nesting rules applied vs file nesting rules not applied

the Add button


Add a new row and specify the "parent" file suffix and the matching "child" file suffix. List all patterns explicitly without using wildcards or regular expressions.

the Remove button


Remove the selected rule from the list.

Reset to Default

Discard all your custom patterns and reload the default rules.

Last modified: 17 March 2022