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Tool windows

Tool windows provide access to development tasks: viewing your solution structure, running and debugging your application, integration with version control systems and other external tools, code analysis, search, navigation, and so on. By default, tool windows are attached to the bottom and sides of the main window. However, you can rearrange and even detach them to use as separate windows, for example, on another monitor.

Some tool windows are always available (for example, Explorer and Structure), some are activated when a specific plugin is enabled, and some appear only when you perform a certain action (for example, Run, Debug, and Find).

Open a tool window

To show or hide a tool window, do one of the following:

  • From the main menu, select a tool window under View | Tool Windows.

  • Use the corresponding shortcut, for example, Alt+1 to open the Solution Explorer. If there is no shortcut for a tool window, you can assign it as described in Customize keyboard shortcuts.

  • Click the corresponding tool window button on the tool window bar.

  • Hover the mouse pointer over the quick access button Icon for quick access to tool windows / the Tool windows icon in the lower left corner of the main window and select a tool window.

Hide the active tool window

  • Press Shift+Escape or select Window | Active Tool Window | Hide Active Tool Window from the main menu.

    To show the hidden tool window, use the shortcut assigned to it (go to View | Tool Windows to see the full list of tool windows with shortcuts).

To focus your attention on the editor, you can hide all tool windows and then when necessary, quickly restore all windows that were open when you've hidden them.

Hide or restore all tool windows

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+F12.

  • Double-click the editor tab that you want to maximize. This will only work if Perform 'Hide All Tool Windows' / 'Restore Windows' with double-click on editor tab is enabled on the Advanced Settings page of the IDE settings Ctrl+Alt+S.

  • Select Window | Active Tool Window | Hide All Windows/Restore Windows from the main menu.

  • To change focus from a tool window to the last caret location in the editor, press Escape.

  • If you selected a code item in a tool window, for example, a search result, a code issue, or a bookmark, press F4 to open the corresponding file and locate this item in the editor.

  • To change focus from the editor back to the last active tool window, press F12 or select Window | Active Tool Window | Jump to Last Tool Window from the main menu.

Tool window bars and buttons

Tool window bars on the edges of the main window contain buttons to show and hide tool windows. Right-click a tool window button to open its context menu, where you can change the viewing mode and move the tool window. You can also drag tool window buttons to rearrange tool windows on the bars.

Show or hide tool window bars

  • Click the quick access button Icon for quick access to tool windows in the lower left corner of the main window to hide the tool window bars. The button changes to Icon for quick access to tool windows and you can click it to show the tool window bars.

  • Alternatively, select or clear Tool Window Bars from the main menu under View | Appearance.

Tool window components

Generally, all tool windows have a title bar, a toolbar, and a content pane.

Some tool windows are also separated using tabs or a dropdown selector in the title bar, based on the functionality that it covers. Select Window | Active Tool Window | Group Tabs to show tabs. Disable this option to show a dropdown menu.

The title bar contains the tool window options menu The tool window options menu for changing the viewing mode and the position of the tool window. You can also access these options by right-clicking the title bar or the tool window button. Some tool windows can have other options in this menu, depending on the functionality (for example, to sort, filter, and group items listed in a tool window).

Click the Hide button to hide the tool window and use other buttons that may be on the title bar, for example:

  • The Expand All button and The Collapse All button to expand and collapse the contents of the tool window

  • The Select Opened File button to locate and select the file from the editor in the tool window

Actions from the tool window toolbar are usually also available in the main menu and context menus. Some of them can also be executed with a default shortcut. You can assign shortcuts for actions as described in Customize keyboard shortcuts.

For all tool windows that display tree-like structures (for example, Solution Explorer) you can display vertical lines that mark indent levels in tree views and help you better understand the hierarchy of the components in your solution. To display these lines, enable Show tree indent guides on the Appearance and Behavior | Appearance page of the IDE settings Ctrl+Alt+S.

JetBrains Rider: Tree indent guides in tool windows

You can use the following shortcuts to manage JetBrains Rider's tool windows:

Hide Active Tool Window


Hide All Tool Windows


Jump to Last Tool Window


Stretch to Left


Stretch to Right


Stretch to Top


Stretch to Bottom


Show Solution window


Show Bookmarks window


Show Find window


Show Run window


Show Debug window


Show Problems window


Show Structure window


Show Services window


Show Version Control window


Show Commit window


Show Build window

Ctrl+W, A

Show NuGet window


Show Unit Tests window


Show Terminal window


Show Database window

Ctrl+W, X

For the full list of JetBrains Rider keyboard shortcuts, see Keyboard shortcuts in predefined keymaps.

Last modified: 15 November 2022