JetBrains Rider 2023.1 Help

Arrange tool windows

By default, tool windows are attached to the edges of the main window. You can detach them to use as separate windows, as described in Tool window view modes.

Move tool windows

  • Click and drag the tool window button or the tool window title bar.

  • Alternatively, you can click the tool window options menu The tool window options menu or right-click the tool window title bar and select where to attach the tool window under Move to.

    Tool window options menu: Move to

The arrangement of tool windows is saved automatically, and it is restored the next time you open your solution. You can choose whether to save the arrangement for the current solution only or for all solutions that you work with. To change the default behavior, select Window | Layout Settings from the main menu and then choose Use the Same Layout for All Projects or Use Unique Layout for Every Project.

Save the arrangement of tool windows

  • From the main menu, select Window | Layout Settings | Store Current Layout as Default.

Restore the default arrangement of tool windows

  • From the main menu, select Window | Layout Settings | Restore Default Layout.

Resize tool windows

Resize a tool window

  • Click and drag the border of a tool window.

  • To resize the active tool window, press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Left,Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Right, Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Up, Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Down or use the main menu actions under Window | Active Tool Window | Resize.

  • To stretch the tool window to the maximum width or height, press Ctrl+Shift+Quote or select Window | Active Tool Window | Resize | Maximize Tool Window from the main menu.

Save custom tool window sizes

If you prefer to adjust the size of each tool window individually, you can configure the IDE to remember your custom layout.

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open the IDE settings and select Appearance & Behaviour | Appearance.

  2. In the Tool Windows section, select the Remember size for each tool window option.

    When this option is disabled, tool windows have the unified default width, and their sizes remain constant when you switch between them.

  3. Apply the changes and close the dialog.

Optimize for wide-screen monitors

JetBrains Rider provides several options to optimize the positioning of tool windows on wide-screen monitors.

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

  2. Under Tool Windows, configure the following:

    • Widescreen tool window layout: Maximize the height of vertical tool windows by limiting the width of horizontal tool windows.

    • Side-by-side layout on the left and Side-by-side layout on the right: Display vertical tool windows that are attached to the top and bottom edges in two columns instead of stacked on top of each other.

  3. Click OK to apply the changes.

Move tool windows to separate frames

You can drag tool windows to separate frames and leave them floating, or dock them to editor tabs in other frames.

Arrange multiple tool windows in a separate frame

  1. Click an editor tab and drag it to a new frame.

  2. Click a tool window label, then drag and attach it to the new editor frame, repeat that for all tool windows that you want to have in a separate frame.

  3. Optionally, drag the editor tab back to the original frame.

Last modified: 05 June 2023