PyCharm 2023.3 Help

Source code navigation

You can quickly navigate through code in the editor using different actions and popups. For the detailed information on navigating between the editor and tool windows, check the editor basics.

Navigate with the caret

  • To navigate backwards, press Control+Alt+ArrowLeft. To navigate forward, press Control+Alt+ArrowRight.

  • To navigate to the last edited location, press Control+Shift+Backspace.

  • To find the current caret location in the editor, press Ctrl+M. This action might be helpful if you do not want to scroll through a large file.

    However, you can press the ArrowUp and ArrowDown arrow keys to achieve the same result.

  • To highlight a word at the caret you are trying to locate, select Edit | Find | Next Occurrence of the Word at Caret from the main menu. If you are using Windows, you can also press Ctrl+F3.

  • To see on what element the caret is currently positioned, press Alt+Q.

  • To move caret between matching code block braces, press Control+Shift+M.

  • To navigate between code blocks, press Control+[ or Control+].

Move the caret

You can use different actions to move the caret through code. You can also configure where the caret should stop when moved by words and on line breaks.

  • To move the caret to the next word or the previous word, press Control+ArrowRight or Control+ArrowLeft.

    By default, PyCharm moves the caret to the end of the current word.

    When you move the caret to the previous word, the caret is placed at the beginning of the current word. You can configure the position of the caret when you use these actions.

    In the Settings dialog (Control+Alt+S), go to Editor | General. In the Caret Movement section, use the When moving by words and Upon line break options to configure the caret's behavior.

  • To move the caret forward to the next paragraph or backward to the previous one, press Control+Shift+A and search for the Move Caret Forward a Paragraph or Move Caret Backward a Paragraph action.

    You can also select a text and then move the caret forward or backward to a paragraph. Press Control+Shift+A and search for the Move Caret Forward a Paragraph with Selection or Move Caret Backward a Paragraph with Selection action.

    If you need, you can assign shortcuts to these actions. For more information, refer to Configure keyboard shortcuts.

Find recent locations

You can also check your recently viewed or changed code using the Recent Locations popup.

  • To open the Recent Locations popup, press Control+Shift+E. The list starts with the latest visited location at the top and contains code snippets.

    Recent Locations popup
  • While in the popup, use the same shortcut or select the Show changed only checkbox to see only the locations with changed code.

  • To search for a code snippet, in the Recent Locations popup, start typing your search query. You can search by the code text, filename, or breadcrumbs.

    Search recent locations
  • To delete a location entry from the search results, press either Delete or Backspace.

    Keep in mind that the deleted location is also removed from the list of entries that you access with the Control+Alt+ArrowLeft shortcut.

Use bookmarks for navigation

  • To create an anonymous bookmark, place the caret at the needed code line and press F11.

  • To create a bookmark with mnemonics, place the caret at the needed code line, press Control+F11 and select a number or a letter for the mnemonics.

  • To show the next or the previous bookmark, in the main menu select Navigate | Bookmarks | Next Bookmark or Navigate | Bookmarks | Previous Bookmark.

  • To open the Bookmarks dialog, press Shift+F11. You can use this dialog to manage bookmarks, for example, delete, sort bookmarks, or supply them with a brief description.

    Bookmarks dialog
  • To navigate to an existing bookmark with letter mnemonics, press Shift+F11 and then press a letter you need. PyCharm returns you to the editor and to the corresponding bookmark.

  • To navigate to an existing bookmark with number mnemonics, press Control and the bookmark's number.

You can check how to toggle between bookmarks with mnemonics, in the settings (Control+Alt+S), on the Keymap page under the Other node.

You can navigate to the initial declaration of a symbol and symbol's type from its usage.

Go to declaration and its type

  • Place the caret at the desired symbol and press Control+B.

    Go to Declaration

    Alternatively, use Control+LeftClick: keeping Control pressed, hover over the symbol. When the symbol turns into a hyperlink, its declaration will be displayed in the tooltip. Click the hyperlink without releasing the key to open the declaration in the editor.

    Go to Declaration using a link
  • For a type declaration, press Control+Shift+B.

    Alternatively, keeping Control+Shift pressed, hover over the symbol. When the symbol turns into a hyperlink, its type declaration will be displayed in the tooltip. Click the hyperlink without releasing the keys to open the type declaration of the symbol in the editor.

    Go to Type Declaration using a link

Go to implementation

You can keep track of class implementations and overriding methods using the gutter icons in the editor, or by pressing the appropriate shortcuts, or by clicking Inheritors inlay hints.

  • Click one of the the Implemented method icon / the Implementing method icon, the Overridden method icon/the Overriding method icon gutter icons located in the editor and select the desired ascendant or descendant class from the list.

  • To navigate to the base class or abstract method, press Control+U.

  • To navigate to the implementation, press Control+Alt+B.

You can automatically locate a file in the Project tool window.

  1. If the file is opened in the editor, press Alt+F1 to open the Select In popup.

    Select in popup
  2. In the popup, select Project View and press Enter. PyCharm locates your target in the Project tool window.

Open files with one click and quickly locate files in the Project tool window

You can use the Open Files with Single Click (previously called Autoscroll to Source) and Always Select Opened Files (previously called Autoscroll from Source) actions to locate your file in the Project tool window.

  1. In the Project tool window, right-click the Project toolbar and from the context menu select Always Select Opened File. After that PyCharm will track the file that is currently opened in the active editor tab and locate it in the Project tool window automatically.

  2. You can also select the Open Files with Single Click option. In this case, when you click a file in the Project view, PyCharm will automatically open it in the editor.

  • To jump to the next or previous found issue in your code, press F2 or Shift+F2 respectively. Alternatively, go to Navigate | Next / Previous Highlighted Error in the main menu.

    PyCharm places the caret immediately before the code issue.

  • Configure the way PyCharm navigates between code issues: it can either jump between all code issues or skip minor issues and only navigate between detected errors. Right-click the code analysis marker in the scroll bar area and choose one of the available navigation modes from the context menu:

    • To have PyCharm skip warnings, infos, and other minor issues, choose Go to high priority problems only.

    • To have PyCharm jump between all detected code issues, choose Go to next problem.

Browse through methods

  • Press Alt+ArrowDown or Alt+ArrowUp.

    For JavaScript code inside HTML files, this behavior depends on the caret location. If the caret rests inside a JavaScript block, it enables jumping between JavaScript functions. If the caret rests on a <script> tag, then navigation is performed between the tags.

  • To visually separate methods in code, in the Settings dialog (Control+Alt+S), go to Editor | General | Appearance and select the Show method separators option.

    Method Separators in Editor
  • To open the Structure tool window, press Alt+7.

Use the Lens mode

The lens mode lets you preview your code without actually scrolling to it. The mode is available in the editor by default when you hover over the scrollbar. It is especially useful when you hover over a warning or an error message.

Lens mode
  • To disable the lens mode, right-click the code analysis marker located on the right side of the editor and in the context menu clear the Show code lens on the scrollbar hover checkbox.

  • As an alternative, in the Settings dialog (Control+Alt+S), go to Editor | General | Appearance and clear the Show code lens on the scrollbar hover checkbox.

Use breadcrumbs for navigation

You can navigate through the source code with breadcrumbs that show names of classes, variables, functions, methods, and tags in the currently opened file. By default, breadcrumbs are enabled and displayed at the bottom of the editor.

Editor breadcrumbs
  • To change the location of breadcrumbs, right-click a breadcrumb, in the context menu select Breadcrumbs and the location preference.

  • To edit the breadcrumbs settings, in the Settings dialog (Control+Alt+S), go to Editor | General | Breadcrumbs.

Use the Navigation bar as a handy tool to find your way across the project.

  1. Press Alt+Home to activate the Navigation bar.

  2. Use the arrow keys or the mouse pointer to locate the desired file.

  3. Double-click the selected file, or press Enter to open it in the editor.

    Using PyCharm navigation bar to open files

Find a line or a column

  1. In the editor, press Control+G.

  2. In the Go to Line/Column dialog, specify a line or column number, or both, separating them with : and click OK.

    Go to line/column dialog
  3. If you don't want to see the line numbers in the editor, in the Settings dialog (Control+Alt+S), go to Editor | General | Appearance and clear the Show line numbers checkbox.

Find a file path

  1. In the editor, press Control+Alt+F12 or in the context menu, select Open in | Finder.

  2. In the Reveal in Finder popup, select a file or a directory to open in the path finder and press Enter.

Find recent files

You can search for the recent and recently edited files with the Recent Files popup.

  • To open the Recent Files popup with the list of recent files, press Control+E.

    Recent files
  • To see only the recently edited files, press Control+E again or select the Show changed only checkbox.

  • To search for items in the popup, use the Speed Search functionality. Just start typing a search query, and the Search for field appears. PyCharm displays the results based on your search query, the list shrinks as you type.

Recent files search
Last modified: 10 January 2024