Rename dialog for a method
Use this dialog to rename a method.
In addition to renaming the method itself, IntelliJ IDEA can also look for the usages of the method name. If found, the changes you are making to the method 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.
You can set up a scope for usages of a class where the renaming method is located. For example, it might be helpful if you want to rename some popular method such as
getSomething. Instead of searching through the whole project and deciding what to rename or what to leave unchanged along the way, you can limit your search to just one file, or just open files, or the recently changed files, and so on.
Rename <method> and its usages to
Specify a new name for the method.
Search for references
If this option is on, IntelliJ IDEA will look for occurrences of the method name in method references in source code files.
Whether or not a string literal is a reference is defined by the (programming) language used in a source file.
Search in comments and strings
If this checkbox is selected, IntelliJ IDEA will look for occurrences of the method name within comments and string literals in your source code files.
Search in loaded sources
If this checkbox is selected, IntelliJ IDEA will look for occurrences of the method name within downloaded object sources.
The statement to be run to rename the table or column. If necessary, you can edit the statement right in this pane.
Execute the statement and make associated changes right away.
Preview potential associated changes prior to executing the statement.
Search for text occurrences
If this option is on, IntelliJ IDEA will look for occurrences of the method 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.
If this option is on, IntelliJ IDEA will look for occurrences of the method name in the names of variables. Note that only the variables that have the type of the method you are renaming will be taken into account.
To illustrate, let's assume that you are renaming the class
If this option is on, IntelliJ IDEA will look for occurrences of the method name in the names of its inheritors:
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.
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.