Source code navigation
Navigate with the caret
To navigate backwards, press Ctrl+Alt+Left . To navigate forward, press Ctrl+Alt+Right .
To navigate to the last edited location, press Ctrl+Shift+Backspace .
To find the current caret location in the editor, press Ctrl+M . This action might be helpful if you do not want to scroll through a large file.
However, you can press the Up and Down arrow keys to achieve the same result.
To highlight a word at the caret you are trying to locate, selectfrom the main menu.
To see on what element the caret is currently positioned, press Alt+Q .
To move caret between matching code block braces, press Ctrl+Shift+M .
To navigate between code blocks, press Ctrl+Shift+[ or Ctrl+Shift+] .
Move the caret
To move the caret forward to the next paragraph or backward to the previous one, press Ctrl+Shift+A and search for the Move Caret Forward a Paragraph or Move Caret Backward a Paragraph action.
You can also select a text and then move the caret forward or backward to a paragraph. Press Ctrl+Shift+A and search for the Move Caret Forward a Paragraph with Selection or Move Caret Backward a Paragraph with Selection action.
If you need, you can assign shortcuts to these actions. Refer to Configuring keyboard shortcuts for details.
Find recent locations
You can also check your recently viewed or changed code using the Recent Locations popup.
To open the Recent Locations popup, press Ctrl+Shift+E . The list starts with the latest visited location at the top and contains code snippets.
While in the popup, use the same shortcut or select the Show changed only checkbox to see only the locations with changed code.
To search for a code snippet, in the Recent Locations popup, start typing your search query. You can search by the code text, filename, or breadcrumbs.
To delete a location entry from the search results, press either Delete or Backspace .
Keep in mind that the deleted location is also removed from the list of entries that you access with the Ctrl+Alt+Left shortcut.
Use bookmarks for navigation
To create an anonymous bookmark, place the caret at the needed code line and press F11 .
To create a bookmark with mnemonics, place the caret at the needed code line, press Ctrl+F11 and select a number or a letter for the mnemonics.
To show the next or the previous bookmark, in the main menu selector .
To open the Bookmarks dialog, press Shift+F11 . You can use this dialog to manage bookmarks, for example, delete, sort bookmarks, or supply them with a brief description.
To navigate to an existing bookmark with letter mnemonics, press Shift+F11 and then press a letter you need. IntelliJ IDEA returns you to the editor and to the corresponding bookmark.
To navigate to an existing bookmark with number mnemonics, press Ctrl and the bookmark's number.
Every created bookmark is reflected in the Favorites Alt+2 ( ) tool window which you can also use for navigation to your bookmarks.
Navigate between changes
See recent changes
You can use the Recent Changes popup to see a list of files that were changed either locally or externally in your project. If necessary, you can revert those changes.
From the main menu, selectAlt+Shift+C .
In the Recent Changes popup, select a file you need and press Enter to open it in a separate dialog where you can check what was changed and revert those changes if necessary.
Go to declaration and its type
Place the caret at the desired symbol and press Ctrl+B .
For a type declaration, press Ctrl+Shift+B .
Go to implementation
You can keep track of class implementations and overriding methods either using the gutter icons in the editor or pressing the appropriate shortcuts.
Click one of the / , / gutter icons located in the editor and select the desired ascendant or descendant class from the list.
To navigate to the super method, press Ctrl+U .
To navigate to the implementation, press Ctrl+Alt+B .
You can view the implementations of methods in the neighboring classes in a separate popup.
In the editor, place the caret at the method's name.
- From the main menu, select
IntelliJ IDEA opens a popup where you can browse through the implementations, navigate to source, edit code, and open the list in the Find tool window..
Navigate with the Select In popup
If the class is opened in the editor, press Alt+F1 to open the Select In popup.
Locate a file in the Project tool window
You can use the Open Files with Single Click (previously called Autoscroll to Source) and Always Select Opened Files (previously called Autoscroll from Source) actions to locate your file in the Project tool window.
In the Project tool window, right-click the Project toolbar and from the context menu select Always Select Opened File. After that IntelliJ IDEA will track the file that is currently opened in the active editor tab and locate it in the Project tool window automatically.
You can also select the Open Files with Single Click option. In this case, when you click a file in the Project view, IntelliJ IDEA will automatically open it in the editor.
Navigate between errors or warnings
Locate a code element with the Structure view popup
You can use the structure view popup to locate a code element in the file you are working on.
To open the structure view popup, press Ctrl+F12 .
- In the popup, locate an item you need. You can start typing a name of the element for IntelliJ IDEA to narrow down the search. Press Enter to return to the editor and the corresponding element.
While in the popup, you can sort file members, see anonymous classes and inherited members.
Browse through methods
Use the Lens mode
The lens mode lets you preview your code without actually scrolling to it. The mode is available in the editor by default when you hover your mouse over the scrollbar. It is especially useful when you hover over a warning or an error message.
To disable the lens mode, right-click the code analysis marker located on the right side of the editor and in the context menu clear the Show code lens on the scrollbar hover checkbox.
As an alternative, in the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S , go to and clear the Show code lens on the scrollbar hover checkbox.
Use breadcrumbs for navigation
Navigate to a file with the Navigation bar
Find a line or a column
In the Go to Line/Column dialog, specify a line or column number, or both, separating them with : and click OK.
If you don't want to see the line numbers in the editor, in the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S , go to and clear the Show line numbers checkbox.
Find a file path
In the editor, press Ctrl+Alt+F12 or in the context menu, select.
In the Reveal in Finder popup, select a file or a directory to open in a path finder and press Enter .
Find recent files
You can search for the recent and recently edited files with the Recent Files popup.
To open the Recent Files popup with the list of recent files, press Ctrl+E .
To see only the recently edited files, press Ctrl+E again or select the Show changed only checkbox.
To search for items in the popup, use the Speed Search functionality. Just start typing a search query, and the Search for field appears. IntelliJ IDEA displays the results based on your search query, the list shrinks as you type.