PyCharm Edu 2018.2 Help

Project Tool Window

View | Tool Windows | Project

This tool window lets you look at your project from various viewpoints and perform the tasks such as creating new items (directories, files, classes, etc.), opening files in the editor, navigating to the code fragment of interest, and more.

Most of the functions in this tool window are accessed as context menu commands in the content pane and associated shortcuts.


The tool window provides you with the following views:

  • Project view. In this view, all the project items along with their dependencies (SDKs and libraries) are shown. The emphasis is on the directory structure (though the packages are also shown).

The necessary view is selected from the list in the left-hand part of the title bar or, if the views are represented by tabs, by clicking the corresponding tab.

To configure a view, use the corresponding options in the title bar context menu. The necessary options can also be accessed by clicking icons general gearPlain svg on the title bar.

Title bar context menu

The context menu that appears by right-clicking on the title bar, provides settings for project views.

The following table lists and briefly explains the available commands and options.




Show Members

If this option is on, the files in the tree that contain classes turn into nodes. When such node is unfolded, the contained classes with their fields, methods, and other members of the selected item are shown.

Autoscroll to Source

If this option is on, PyCharm Edu will automatically open the selected item in the editor. Otherwise, you need to double-click items to open them.

Autoscroll from Source

If this option is on, PyCharm Edu automatically locates documents that you open in the editor in the current view of this window.

Sort by Type

If the option is off, the items (files, classes, etc.) are sorted alphabetically. If the option is on, the files are sorted by their extensions.

Folders Always on Top

If the option is on, folders are shown above the files. Otherwise, all items are sorted alphabetically, and files and folders appear intermixed.

Pinned, Docked, Floating, Windowed, Split Mode

These options let you control general appearance and behavior of the tool window.

Remove from Sidebar

This command hides the tool window, removes the button for showing and hiding the tool window and removes the tool window from the quick access menu ( icons general tbShown svg oricons general tbHidden svg).

To open the tool window again (and restore the associated features), use the main menu: View | Tool Windows | <Window Name>.

Group Tabs

If this option is on, there is a list in the left-hand part of the title bar from which you can select the necessary view. If this option is off, the views are represented by tabs which appear in the left-hand part of the title bar.

show views as tabs

Move to

To associate the tool window with a different tool window bar, select this command, and then select the destination tool window bar (Top, Left, Bottom or Right).


To resize the tool window by moving one of its borders, select this command, and then select the necessary Stretch to option.

Note that this command is not available for the floating mode.



Use this command to hide the tool window.

Title bar buttons




icons actions left icons actions right


If the views are currently shown as tabs (the Group Tabs option is off), this button appears to the right of the last visible tab.

If the first or the last of the available views is currently selected, this button is shown as icons actions right or icons actions left.

Click this button to open the list of views, for example, to select a different view.

icon scroll from source on title bar

Click this icon to navigate from a file in the editor to the corresponding node (file, class, field, method, etc.) in the Project tool window.

This icon is not available if the Autoscroll from Source option is currently on.

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Ctrl+NumPad -

Use this icon or shortcut to collapse all the nodes.

icons general gearPlain svg

Use this button to open a menu whose options are a subset of the title bar context menu.
icons general hideToolWindow svgShift+Escape Use this icon or shortcut to hide the tool window.

When used in combination with the Alt key, clicking this icon hides all the tool windows attached to the same tool window bar.

Content pane

The content pane shows the folders associated with your project and their contents, or your database consoles grouped by DB data sources.

Context menu commands for the content pane items

The context menu of an item provides access to all the functions available for this item.






Use this command to create a new item (directory, file, or class). within the selected one (project or directory).

Change Course Information

Choose this command to show the Change Course Information dialog box, where you can change the course title, description and author.

Generate Course Archive

Choose this command to create a zip archive of your course in the specified location.

Upload Course to Stepic

Choose this command to share your course via Stepic. It is essential to have a Stepic account.



Use this command to move the selected item or items from the current location to the clipboard.



Use this command to copy the selected item or items to the clipboard.



Use this command to insert the contents of the clipboard into the selected location.

Jump to Source


Use this command to open the selected file in the editor. If the file is already open, the corresponding editor tab will become active.

Copy Path(s)


Use this command to copy the full path(s) of the selected item or items to the clipboard.

Find Usages


Use this command to find the usages of the selected item.

Find in Path


Use this command to perform a text search. (Find in Path dialog will open.)

Replace in Path


Use this command to perform text search-and-replace. (Replace in Path dialog will open.)


Use this command to perform one of the refactorings available for the selected item.

For example, you can rename, move and copy files and directories.



Use this command to delete the selected item. Use with care!

Run '<item_name>'
Debug '<item_name>'


Run a test configuration.

Local History

Use this command to view local history for the selected file or directory, or to create a label for the current version of your project.

Synchronize '<item_name>'

Use this command to synchronize the selected item with its version saved in the file system.

(If you change a file or directory contents externally, PyCharm Edu, under certain circumstances, may not be aware of the corresponding changes unless you use this command.)

Show in Explorer

Use this command to open a file browser (e.g. Windows Explorer or Finder) and show the selected item there.

File status highlights

If VCS integration is enabled for the current project, PyCharm Edu uses colors to denote VCS file status in the Project tool window. The following table presents information about the meaning of the colors.


File Status



Up to date

File is unchanged.



File is scheduled for deletion from the repository.



File has changed since the last synchronization.



File is scheduled for addition to the repository.



File is merged by your VCS as a result of an update.



File exists locally, but is not in the repository, and is not scheduled for adding.



File will be ignored in any VCS operation.


Merged with conflicts

During the last update, file was merged with conflicts.


Externally deleted

File is deleted locally, but was not scheduled for deletion, and still exists in the CVS repository.

Dark cyan


The file is taken from a different branch than the whole project. This status is valid for CVS and SVN.

Last modified: 7 December 2018