JetBrains Rider 2023.3 Help

Menus and toolbars

As you work with the IDE, you perform some actions more often than the others. To maximize your productivity, learn the default shortcuts for your favorite actions or assign shortcuts for them. You can also customize the menus and toolbars to only contain the actions that you need, regroup them, and configure their icons.

Customize menus and toolbars

  1. Press Control+Alt+S to open the IDE settings and then select Appearance & Behavior | Menus and Toolbars.

  2. In the list of available menus and toolbars, expand the node you want to customize and select the desired item:

    • Click the Add button to add an action or a separator under the selected item.

    • Click the Remove button to remove the selected item.

    • Click the Edit Icon button to add or change the icon for the selected action.

    • Click the Move Up button or the Move Down button to move the selected item up or down. By doing so, you can change the action's location in the menu.

    • Click the Restore button to restore the selected action or all actions to default settings.

  3. Click OK to save your changes.

Configure custom icons for menu options

  1. Press Control+Alt+S to open the IDE settings and then select Appearance & Behavior | Menus and Toolbars.

  2. Select the menu option for which you want to change or add an icon and click Edit icon.

  3. Select an icon from the list or click Browse to upload your own icon.

    You can use only PNG or SVG files as icons. The JetBrains Rider Community Edition repository contains most of the icons used in the IDE.

Customize the main toolbar

Quickly add actions to the toolbar

If you miss an action on the main toolbar, you can add it from the list of popular actions.

  • Right-click the toolbar, point to Add to Main Toolbar, and select the action that you want to add from the list.

    If the action that you want to add is not on the list of popular actions, use the Customize Main Toolbar dialog.

The selected action appears on the toolbar. You can remove it or change its icon using the Customize Main Toolbar dialog.

Configure main toolbar actions

Use this option to access all available actions that can be added to the main toolbar. It also allows you to change icons for toolbar actions and remove actions from the toolbar.

  1. Right-click the toolbar and click Customize Toolbar.

  2. In the list of available toolbar sections, expand the node you want to customize and select the desired item:

    • Click the Add button to add an action or a separator under the selected item.

    • Click the Remove button to remove the selected item.

    • Click the Edit Icon button to add or change the icon for the selected action.

    • Click the Move Up button or the Move Down button to move the selected item up or down. By doing so, you can change the action's location in the menu.

    • Click the Restore button to restore the selected action or all actions to default settings.

  3. Click OK to save your changes.

Configure the toolbar color

Use colored headers to simplify navigation between several open projects. You can assign a unique color and icon to each of your projects, making it easier to distinguish them in your workspace.

Bu default, the IDE picks the color that matches the color of the project icon, but you can set your own color.

  1. Right-click the toolbar, select Change Project Color, and choose one of the pre-defined colors from the list.

  2. If you want to use a different color, click Custom Color and select a shade using the color picker that opens.

To turn the feature off, right-click the toolbar and disable the Show Project Gradient option. You can also disable colors in settings: press Control+Alt+S, select Appearance & Behavior | Appearance and disable Use project colors in main toolbar.

Change the project icon

  1. Right-click the toolbar and click Set Custom Project Icon.

  2. In the dialog that opens, click Choose SVG file and specify the path to the SVG file that you want to use as an icon.

  3. Click OK to save your changes.

Hide the toolbar

If you prefer to have less visual clutter in your IDE window, you can hide the toolbar.

  • In the main menu, go to View | Appearance and disable Toolbar.

    When the toolbar is hidden, the IDE window header has a plain look without any JetBrains Rider widgets or controls.

    IDE window with the toolbar hidden

The main menu is the standard menu bar of the application window with File, Edit, View, and other menus.

By default, the main menu is hidden under the hamburger icon App expui general windows menu 20x20 in the new UI on Windows and Linux. You can configure the IDE to display the main menu as a separate toolbar.

  • Press Control+Alt+S to open the IDE settings and then select Appearance & Behavior | New UI. Enable the Show main menu in a separate toolbar option.

  • Alternatively, go to View | Appearance in the main menu and enable Show Main Menu in Separate Toolbar.

Show and hide UI elements

If you have a small monitor, you can hide some of the UI elements that you never use. These elements are described in User interface.

  • Go to View | Appearance and enable or disable the necessary elements.

    • Show Main Menu in Separate Toolbar (Windows and Linux only): Hidden under the hamburger icon, this is the standard menu bar of the application window with File, Edit, View, and other menus. Enable this option to display the main menu as a separate toolbar.

    • Toolbar: Located in the window header, this is the main toolbar with widgets for switching between projects, working with VCS branches, and running configurations. The toolbar is configurable: you can add and remove widgets and buttons.

    • Navigation Bar: Located in Status Bar, it allows you to navigate the directories and files of your project with Alt+Home as an alternative to the Project tool window. See Navigation bar.

      Use the submenu to change the location of the bar or enable displaying fields and methods.

    • Tool Window Bars: Located on the edges of the window, these bars contain buttons for showing, hiding, and arranging the tool windows. See Tool window bars and buttons.

    • Status Bar: Located at the bottom of the window, it shows event messages, indicates the overall project and IDE status, and provides quick access to some settings via widgets. See Status bar.

    • Status Bar Widgets: Located in the right part of the status bar. You can also right-click the status bar to show and hide widgets.

    • Details in Tree View: Show the last modification date and size of files in the Project tool window

    • Main Menu: On Windows and Linux, hide the standard menu bar of the application window with File, Edit, View, and other menus. You can't hide it on macOS or on Linux if you are using the Linux native menu.

    • Toolbar: Located at the top of the window, this is the main toolbar with buttons for opening files, undo, and redo actions.

    • Tool Window Bars: Located on the edges of the window, these bars contain buttons for showing, hiding, and arranging the tool windows. See Tool window bars and buttons.

    • Status Bar: Located at the bottom of the window, it shows event messages, indicates the overall project and IDE status, and provides quick access to some settings via widgets. See Status bar.

    • Status Bar Widgets: Located in the right part of the status bar. You can also right-click the status bar to show and hide widgets.

    • Navigation Bar: Located at the top of the window, where you can navigate the directories and files of your project with Alt+Home as an alternative to the Project tool window. See Navigation bar.

    • Members in Navigation Bar: Show the fields and methods in the navigation bar.

    • Details in Tree View: Show the last modification date and size of files in the Project tool window.

Quick lists with your favorite actions

A quick list is a popup that contains a custom set of JetBrains Rider actions. Think of it as a custom menu or toolbar, for which you can assign a shortcut for quick access. You can create as many quick lists as necessary. Each action in a quick list is identified by a number from 0 through 9.

There are a number of predefined quick lists, but note that they are not configurable:

  • Refactor this Control+Alt+Shift+T

  • VCS Operations Alt+`

  • Navigate To Control+Shift+G

  • Generate Alt+Insert

  • Inspect This Control+Alt+Shift+A

  • Unit Testing quick list Alt+Shift+U

  • NuGet quick list Control+P, N

For example, you can create a list of actions that do not have shortcuts assigned to them and refer to that list by one shortcut followed by the number associated with a specific action.

Create a quick list

  1. Press Control+Alt+S to open the IDE settings and then select Appearance & Behavior | Quick Lists.

  2. Click the Add button or press Alt+Insert on the left pane to create a new quick list.

  3. In the Display name field, specify the name of the quick list. Optionally, provide the quick list description.

  4. On the right pane, add and arrange the actions on the quick list:

    • Click the Add button to add an action or a separator under the selected item.

    • Click the Remove button to remove the selected item.

    • Click the Add Separator button to add a separator line.

    • Click the Move Up button or the Move Down button to move the selected item up or down. By doing so, you can change the action's location in the menu.

    the Quick lists settings
  5. Click OK to save the changes.

Assign a shortcut to a quick list

  1. Press Control+Alt+S to open the IDE settings and then select Keymap.

  2. Expand the Quick Lists node and select your quick list. Add a keyboard shortcut and save the changes.

    For more information, refer to Customize keyboard shortcuts.

  3. Click OK to save the changes.

In the editor, access the quick list by the associated shortcut.

If you don't remember the shortcut, you can search for your quick list by its name. Press Shift twice and type the name of the quick list.

The search everywhere window
Last modified: 07 February 2024