JetBrains Rider 2019.2 Help

Configuring Scopes and File Colors

A scope is a filtered subset of files and directories in your solution. When you enable a scope view, you limit operations like search to the selected scope. This section describes how to configure scopes and coloring of the files belonging to these scopes.

Create a new scope

  1. In the Settings/Preferences dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), go to Appearance & Behavior | Scopes.

  2. Click Add scope (Insert) icon, select Local or Shared from the list, and specify the name of the scope.

    • Local scopes are intended for personal use only and are stored in your workspace. Default location: %HOMEPATH%\.<product><version>\config\projects\<project_name>\.idea\workspace.xml

    • Shared scopes are defined for the current project and accessible for the team members via VCS. Default location: %HOMEPATH% \.<product><version>\config\projects\<project_name>\.idea\scopes\

Configure a list of items in a scope

  1. In the Settings/Preferences dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), go to Appearance & Behavior | Scopes and select the scope that you want to configure.

  2. To define a pattern for the scope, perform one of the following actions:

    • To include files and directories in the scope, select files and directories and press Include or Include Recursively (with subdirectories) buttons. To exclude a file or a directory, use Exclude or Exclude Recursively. JetBrains Rider creates an expression and displays it in the Pattern field.

    • Specify a pattern in the Pattern field manually, using the scope language syntax .

  3. Click Apply.

Associate file color with a scope

Files that belong to different scopes can be highlighted in different colors throughout the JetBrains Rider's user interface: in navigation lists, in the editor tabs, in the Explorer window. This allows much faster and easier navigation in large projects.

Associate file color with a scope

  1. Navigate to File | Settings | Appearance & Behavior | File Colors.

  2. Click Add Add icon.

  3. In the Add Color Label dialog, select a scope and pick a color for it.

  4. Click OK.

  5. Define the area where you want to use scope colors. To define the area, select Use in Editor Tabs or Use in Project View checkboxes.

  6. Select the accessibility level of the scope color association. To share the color association, click the Share icon (Share icon).

    The default location for file color associations is %HOMEPATH% \.<product><version>\config\projects\<project_name>\.idea\fileColors.xml

  7. Apply changes.

Arrange the order of scopes

If some file is included into several scopes, the order of the scopes becomes important: JetBrains Rider uses the color of the uppermost scope (shown in the Scopes settings page) to highlight such file. Of course, you can change the order of the scopes, and thus the resulted highlighting.

Arrange the order of scopes

  1. Navigate to Files | Settings | Appearance & Behavior | Scopes.

  2. Select a scope that you want to move.

  3. To change the order, click Move Up (Move up button) or Move Down icons Move down button.

  4. Click Apply.

Last modified: 18 October 2019