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Part 5. Navigate to the UI elements

Introduction

In this tutorial, you will explore the various types of navigation between the elements of PyCharm's UI.

Using the Switcher

The Switcher works same as Alt+Tab/ ⌘+Tab and is an extremely efficient popup.

Switcher

To show this popup, press Ctrl+Tab - and keep holding Ctrl. As soon as you release the Ctrl button, the Switcher disappears, leaving you with what you've just selected.

While the Switcher is visible, move around with the arrow keys, or Tab/ Shift+Tab to move forward/backwards through the Switcher columns.

Jumping between PyCharm's components

Suppose you've selected a class member in the editor, and would like to find it in the Project view. This is how it's done...

Place the caret at the method feeds of the class Mammalia.py, and press Alt+F1 (Navigate | Select In...). From the list of available components, choose Project View, and then Project.

Select target

The caret resides at method feeds of the class Mammalia.py in the Project View:

Selected target

You only have to make sure that the option Show Members is selected:

Show members

Naturally, if this option is not selected, only the class Mammalia.py will get the focus.

If you want to find the opened in the editor file in the File Explorer/Finder, you can also do it using the context menu. Select any file in the Project tool window, right-click it, then select Open In | Finder (for macOS) or Open In | Explorer (for Windows).

Finally, suppose that a file opened in the editor has some changes that should be pushed to a Git repository. To jump to the Version Control tool window, again press Alt+F1 and choose Local Changes in the list of components.

Summary

This tutorial is over - congrats! Here you've learned how to:

  • Work with the Switcher.

  • Use Select In... functionality to find a file in the Project or Version control tool windows, or to find a file in the Explorer/Finder.

What's next?

Let's summarize everything we've learned in this series of tutorials:

You see that PyCharm has many navigation facilities. Refer to navigation sections of PyCharm documentation.

However, PyCharm provides Django support as well. So if you are a Django developer, proceed with Part 6 and see how to navigate between Django components.

Last modified: 21 December 2020