Code reference information
The Parameter Info popup shows the names of parameters in method and function calls. IntelliJ IDEA automatically shows a popup with all available method signatures within 1 second (1000 milliseconds) after you type an opening bracket in the editor, or select a method from the suggestions list.
You can explicitly invoke the popup if it has closed or if your IDE is configured not to show the popup automatically. To do so, press Ctrl+P (or click ).
Show full method or function signatures
By default, the parameter info popup shows simple signatures. You can configure the IDE to show full signatures that include method names and returned types.
In the Settings dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), go to , and select the Show full method signatures checkbox.
Configure the parameter info popup
In the Settings dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), go to .
In the Show the parameter info popup in ... milliseconds field, specify the time in milliseconds after which the popup should appear.
If you don't want the popup to appear automatically, clear the Show the parameter info popup in ... milliseconds checkbox.
You can get quick information for any symbol right from the editor by means of the Quick Documentation feature. It shows you code documentation in a popup as you hover the mouse over code elements. Note that the symbol must be supplied with documentation comments created in accordance with the Javadoc markup or with the SDK documentation.
The feature allows you to access both downloaded documentation and external documentation for which you only specify its URL. For information on how to add code documentation to be able to open in the popup, refer to:
Quick Documentation in a popup
View Quick Documentation in a popup
Hover the mouse over the necessary symbol in the editor.
Place the caret at the symbol and press Ctrl+Q ().
Press Ctrl+Q again to open this documentation in the Documentation tool window.
Click in the popup to change the font size, display the quick documentation toolbar, or go to the source code.
Disable Quick Documentation on hover
By default, the quick documentation popup appears as you hover the mouse over code elements. You can configure the IDE to display the popup only after you explicitly invoke the Quick Documentation feature.
Click in the popup and disable the Show on Mouse Move option.
In the Settings dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), go to and clear the Show quick documentation on hover checkbox.
In this case, to view documentation for a symbol at caret, press Ctrl+Q or select display it in the tool window right away.from the main menu. The documentation will be shown in a popup, but you can configure the IDE to
Quick Documentation in the tool window
View documentation in the tool window
With the default settings, pressing Ctrl+Q () opens quick documentation in a popup. You can change the settings to view documentation in the tool window.
In the quick documentation popup, click and disable the Show Documentation Popup First option.
In the Documentation tool window, click the icon on the tool window toolbar and disable the Show Documentation Popup First option.
Keep documentation in the tool window
You can open a piece of documentation for a specific code element in the tool window and keep viewing documentation for other elements in your current file.
Place the caret at the required code element and press Ctrl+Q. If the popup appears, press Ctrl+Q again to switch to the tool window.
The asterisk symbol (
*) on the documentation tab means that the tab is not pinned, so its content will be replaced by documentation for another code element that you select in the editor.
Right-click the tab with the documentation in the documentation tool window and enable the Keep This Documentation option.
After that, the current documentation tab will be pinned. You can return to the editor and view documentation for other code elements that will open either in the popup or in a new tab in the tool window.
When you are viewing code documentation in the tool window, it is displayed on the unpinned tab (the tab marked with the asterisk symbol (
*). There are several ways in which you can work with it:
You can view documentation by hovering the mouse over code elements.
Click the icon on the tool window toolbar and enable the Show on Mouse Move and Auto-Update from Source options.
You can view documentation as you place the caret at symbols in the editor either by clicking them or by moving the caret.
Click the icon on the toolbar, disable the Show on Mouse Move and enable the Auto-Update from Source options.
You can view documentation by placing the caret at a symbol and pressing Ctrl+Q or selectingfrom the main menu.
Click the icon on the tool window toolbar, disable the Show on Mouse Move and Auto-Update from Source options.
External documentation opens the necessary information in a web browser so that you can navigate to related symbols and keep the information for further reference at the same time. After you configure external documentation for your project, you can also view it in the Quick Documentation popup.
For information on how to configure library and SDK external documentation paths, refer to:
View external documentation
To view documentation for a symbol at the caret in a browser, press Shift+F1 or selectfrom the main menu.
In IntelliJ IDEA, you can identify the type of an expression in the following way:
Place the caret at the necessary code element and press Ctrl+Shift+P (or selectfrom the main menu).
If several expressions are available, select the desired one from the popup menu and press Enter.
Expression static data
IntelliJ IDEA allows you to view statically known information about any Java expression in the editor. This information helps you understand complex code with heavy branching and elaborates the expression type information.
To view static information on Java expressions, place the caret at the expression and double-press Ctrl+Shift+P.
In this example, the Expression static data action shows that the type of
list is actually
ArrayList, despite the variable is declared as
List, and it's still empty at the given point (size = 0).
- Copy tooltip text to the clipboard
To copy tooltip text to the clipboard, hold Alt (on Linux, hold Ctrl+Alt) and click the tooltip.
- View context information
If the current method or class declaration is not visible, you can view it in the tooltip by pressing Alt+Q.