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Rename Dialog for a Class or an Interface

Refactor | Rename
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Use this dialog to rename a class or an interface.

In addition to renaming the class or the interface itself, IntelliJ IDEA can also look for the usages of the class or the interface name. If found, the changes you are making to the class or the interface name can also be applied to these usages.

The usages are assigned to different categories which correspond to the options which you can turn on and off.

Note that regardless of the options selected, the search scope (places where you search for the name occurrences) is always limited to the current entity (for example, a file, or a class) and the entities that the current one depends on.

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Description

Rename <class or interface> and its usages to

Specify a new name for the class or the interface.

Search in comments and strings

If this checkbox is selected, IntelliJ IDEA will look for occurrences of the class or the interface name within comments and string literals in your source code files.

Search for text occurrences

If this option is on, IntelliJ IDEA will look for occurrences of the class or the interface name in the files that don't contain source code. These may be the text files, properties files, HTML files, documentation files, and so on.

Rename variables

If this option is on, IntelliJ IDEA will look for occurrences of the class or the interface name in the names of variables. Note that only the variables that have the type of the class or the interface you are renaming will be taken into account.

To illustrate, let's assume that you are renaming the class MyClass and there are the variables MyClass myclass, MyClass myclass20, MyClass m and YourClass myclass25. In such a case, IntelliJ IDEA will suggest to rename the first and the second of the variables but won't suggest to rename the third and the fourth.

Rename inheritors

If this option is on, IntelliJ IDEA will look for occurrences of the class or the interface name in the names of its inheritors:

  • If you are renaming a class, IntelliJ IDEA will search the hierarchies of the classes that extend this class.

  • If you are renaming an interface, IntelliJ IDEA will search the hierarchies of the interfaces that extend this interface and the hierarchies of the classes that implement this interface.

Rename tests

If this option is on, IntelliJ IDEA will look for occurrences of the class name in the names of the test classes.

Rename bound forms

This option is available if the class you are renaming has an associated GUI form.

Select this checkbox to rename the associated form.

Scope

Use this option to set a scope for the Rename refactoring. For example, you can limit the refactoring to only recently changed files, or to only open files, and so on. You can also create a custom scope that you can either share or keep local.

Last modified: 19 August 2019

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