A scope is a set of files to which various operations apply. Using this dialog, you can define scopes for the various IntelliJ IDEA actions, for example, Find Usages, or Code Inspections.
|Click this button to add a new local or shared scope.|
|Click this button to delete the selected scope from the list.|
|Click this button to create a copy of the selected scope.|
|Save as||Click this button to have the selected local scope saved as shared or a selected shared scope as local.|
|Move Up/Move Down||Use these buttons to move the scopes up and down in the list. |
If some file is included into several scopes, the order of the scopes becomes important: IntelliJ IDEA uses the color of the uppermost scope (shown in the Scopes settings page) to highlight such file. Of course, you can change the order of the scopes, and thus the resulted highlighting.
Scope configuration controls
|Name||In this text box, specify the scope name.|
|Pattern||In this text box, specify the pattern that defines the current scope. The following elements and structures can be used: |
For more information, see Scope Language Syntax Reference.
Do one of the following:
Storing empty or incorrect patterns is not allowed. In such cases, you will be prompted with the Syntax Error warning.
|Include||Click this button to have the selected element included in the scope. The corresponding expression is automatically generated and added to the expression in the Pattern text box. |
If the current element is a folder, the nested subfolders are ignored.
|Include Recursively||Click this button to have the selected folder included in the scope, together with the nested subfolders. The corresponding expression is automatically generated and added to the expression in the Pattern text box.|
|Exclude||Click this button to have the selected element excluded from the scope. The corresponding expression is automatically added to the Pattern. If the current element is a folder, the nested subfolders are ignored.|
|Exclude Recursively||Click this button to have the selected folder excluded from the scope, together with the nested subfolders. The corresponding expression is automatically added to the Pattern field.|
|Project tree view||The tree view contains all the files available in your project. In the view, select the desired files to be included in the current scope and have the scope definition pattern generated automatically. The message on the toolbar shows the total number of available files and the number of files included in the scope. See also the color legend below. Use the toolbar buttons described below to change the view presentation. |
The way of presentation of the project tree view, the available controls and scopes language syntax depend on the selection in project vs package drop-down list.
|Flatten Packages||When the button is pressed, all the packages are displayed as a single-level tree view. This enables you to find a package somewhere deep within the project by its name without going through the entire tree hierarchy.|
|Compact Empty Middle Packages||This option lets you specify how or whether empty packages are to be shown. (Empty packages are ones that contain nothing but other packages.)|
|Group by Scopes Type||When this button is pressed, the items in the tree-view are grouped below three nodes: |
This button is only available for the Package presentation of scopes.
|Show Files||If this button is pressed, source files are displayed explicitly in the tree view. When the files are shown, they can be selected for exclusion/inclusion into a pattern. |
If this button is not pressed, the files are hidden.
|Show Included Only||When the button is pressed, the tree shows only the elements that are included in the scope.|
|Use this drop-down box to define how you want the project files to be displayed in the tree view. The available options are: |
The project tree view presentation, scopes language syntax and the available toolbar buttons differ depending on the selection.
Legend of the project tree view
|Folders and files included in scope.|
|Black||Folders and files excluded from scope.|
|Folders that contain both excluded and included files and subfolders.|