Opening, Reopening, and Closing Projects
PhpStorm lets you open several projects simultaneously in different windows. By default, each time you open a project while another one is opened, PhpStorm prompts you to choose whether to open the project in the same window or in a new window. If necessary, you can change this behavior using controls on the System Settings page.
In the Project Opening section of the System Settings page, choose one of the following options:
Open project in a new window to open a new PhpStorm window each time a new project is opened.
Open project in the same window to stay in the same PhpStorm window.
Confirm window to open project in to keep the default behavior and display a dialog box to choose how to open each new project.
To open a project
Click Open on the Welcome screen or on the main menu.
In the Select Path dialog box, select the directory that contains the project to open.
Specify whether you want to open the project in a new frame, close the current project and reuse the existing frame, or open the new project in the same frame with the current one. Refer to the section Opening Multiple Projects for details.
To open a project from the command line
At the command prompt, type:Learn more from Opening Files from Command Line.
PhpStorm <path_to_the_project folder>
Reopening recent projects
PhpStorm keeps the history list of the recent projects, from which you can select the desired one.
To reopen a recent project
Clickon the menu and select the desired project from the list. Specify whether you want to open the project in a new frame, or reuse the current frame.
On the Welcome screen, click the project of interest in the left-hand pane where the list of your recent projects is shown. Start typing in the Welcome screen to filter the list of recent projects.
To remove recent projects
To remove all projects from the list of recent projects, clickon the menu, and then click .
Select project in the list on the Welcome screen, press Delete on your keyboard, and confirm deletion in the Remove Recent Project dialog box that opens.
When the only open project is closed, the Welcome screen is displayed. In case of multiple projects, each one is closed with its frame.
On the main menu, clickon the menu.