IntelliJ IDEA 2019.1 Help

Menus and toolbars

IntelliJ IDEA menus and toolbars contain commands that affect the entire project or large sections of the project. To apply a command to the current context, use context-sensitive popup menus. Most of the commands have an associated keyboard shortcut to enable quicker access to it.

Use menu items with a checkbox in the View menu to show or hide the main elements of the IntelliJ IDEA window. For example, if you want to show the main toolbar, select View | Toolbar.

Main elements of the IDE window

Main elements of IntelliJ IDEA window

  1. Main menu and toolbar – this area contains commands for opening and creating projects, code refactoring, running and debugging applications, keeping files under version control, and more.

    IntelliJ IDEA for Linux features the Macintosh-style menu – a horizontal menu bar attached to the top of the screen.

    The native (global) menu is enabled in the Unity desktop environment out of the box. If you use another desktop environment, make sure that the global menu is supported and enable it manually.

  2. Navigation bar – this is a quick alternative to the Project tool window.

  3. Context menus – these menus are available with a right-click and contain commands applicable to the current context.

  4. Popup menus – these menus, available with Alt+Insert, contain commands applicable to the current context.

Tips and tricks

  • Show or hide the main elements of the IntelliJ IDEA UI by using the View menu.

  • Descriptions of the actions from menus and toolbar buttons are displayed in the left side of the Status bar.

  • If you know which action you want to perform, but do not know where to find it, press Ctrl+Shift+A, type the action name, and select it from the suggestion list.

The Linux native menu

In IntelliJ IDEA for Linux, you can use the Macintosh-style menu – a horizontal menu bar attached to the top of the screen. By default, the Linux native menu is enabled.

Linux native menu enabled for the IDE

Disable the native menu

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+A to open the Find Action dialog, type Experimental features, and press Enter.

  2. Clear the checkbox next to the linux.native.menu option, apply the changes, and close the dialog.

  3. Restart IntelliJ IDEA.

Last modified: 5 June 2019

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