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Tool window view modes

By default, tool windows are attached to the edges of the main window and are always visible. You can change the view mode of a specific tool window, for example, to make it visible only when active or to detach it from the tool window bar.

Change the view mode of a tool window

  • From the main menu, select Window | Active Tool Window | View Mode and then choose the view mode.

  • Alternatively, on the title bar of a tool window, click the Show Options Menu button, select View Mode and then choose the view mode.

    Tool window view mode

The following tool window view modes are available:

  • Dock pinned: This is the default view mode when the tool window is attached to the tool window bar and is always visible along with the editor and other pinned tool windows.

  • Dock unpinned: The tool window is attached to the tool window bar but is visible only when it is active. It does not obstruct the editor or other tool windows.

  • Undock: The tool window is attached to the tool window bar and covers a part of the editor or other tool windows when active. It is not visible when another tool window is active.

  • Float: The tool window is detached from the tool window bar, floating on top of the main window. It is visible only together with the main project window.

  • Window: The tool window acts as a separate application window. You can view it independently from the main project window and even move it to a different monitor or desktop.

Last modified: 04 August 2020