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Intellij Shortcuts

Shortcuts of intellij and also some short notes

Suraj Deshmukh

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Note: This is a living document and will be updated as I discover new things.


  • Ctrl + Shift + A

Find any action in IDE

  • Ctrl + Shift + F

Find in Path

  • Alt + 1

Open project navigator. You can search here, just start typing here, after the project navigator window is opened.

  • Shift + Insert in Project window

Here you can add new file to the project. The filename could be the entire path, so the intermediate directories will be created for you.

  • Ctrl + N

Find a struct or class definition by name.

  • Ctrl + Shift + N

Find a file by name. If you type file name and number seprated by number it will take you to the line in that file. e.g. main.go:6 This will take you to line 6 in main.go.

  • Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N

Find any symbol in the project. Here symbol means mainly type.

  • Shift + Shift

Search anything anywhere.

  • Ctrl + F4

Close section that is active.

  • Ctrl + Tab

Switcher to switch between open items

  • Ctrl + Shift + B

Jump to definition.

  • Ctrl + B

Find usage of that element in project. Or find declaration of a variable.

  • Ctrl + Shift + P

Find type of a variable.

  • Ctrl + cursor up/down

Navigate the code window up and down

  • Ctrl + D

Duplicate a line or selection.

  • Ctrl + Y

Delete a line or selection.

  • Ctrl + /

Comment/Uncomment out with line comment, a line or selected block.

  • Ctrl + Shift + /

Comment/Uncomment out with block comment, a line or selected block.

  • Alt + Shift + cursor up/down

Move line or selection up/down.

  • Alt + -> or Alt + <-

Switch tabs of open files.

  • Ctrl + E

Show recently openend files.

  • Ctrl + Shift + A ‘Scratch files’

If you need files that are not part of project but need to test something.

  • Ctrl + Shift + F12

Hide all the windows and make editor full screen and press again to go back to having all the windows.

  • View + Enter Distraction Free mode

This will only keep editor rest everything goes away.

  • Ctrl + Shift + <- or Ctrl + Shift + ->

When in the project navigation window you can resize it.

  • Ctrl + W

Select a word, press again and select a line, then select entire line then entire block, then entire outcasting block and so on.

  • Shift + Alt + up/down cursor

When a line or block of code is selected and wanna move up and down.

  • Ctrl + Shift + V

To see your clipboard history

  • Alt + mouse click in location

To have multiple cursors. To get out of this mode just press escape key.

  • Shift + F6

This will select all occurrences of the current word, so you can edit all of them at once. After you are done edition press enter.

  • Alt + J

When pressed on a word, it finds the next occurrence of the word and puts a cursor there. So I can edit mutiple occurrences of same word simultaneously.

  • Ctrl + Alt + I

Select a block of code and get indentation right.

  • Ctrl + Alt + L

Reformat the code.

  • Alt + Enter

Goto a string and press this key and then you can do language injection. So you can tell intellij to interpret that string as json or something like that. So this helps in adding markup languages as string as a part of code. Also you can inject regular expression and then check if the string is validated against the regular expressions you put in.

  • Alt + /

So when a recommendation is opened up and if you press above key combination, the word is completed but if you keep pressing those keys the recommendation rotates through all the recommendation.

  • Ctrl + J

Recommend templates, if there are any pre-defined.

  • Ctrl + Shift + Enter

Auto complete the current statement.

  • Ctrl + F12

Navigate file structure, you can start typing and search for things. And then by pressing the enter key you can jump to the definition.

  • Alt + 7

Similar functionality as above only difference is that it opens in a side bar.

  • Ctrl + Shift + A ‘annotate’

Start annotation to see who made changes on each line. From here you can copy the revision number and then search it in the ‘version control’ window.

  • Alt + F12

Terminal in IDE

  • Alt + 9

Version Control window

Notes and Tips

  • In code you can write TODOs and FIXME and then IDE can identify them and you can write code later on in there.
  • There is a plugin called as ‘Presentation Assistant’ which shows what keys did you type
  • In the project window(side bar), select Auto Scroll from Source so when you are moving from one file to another it shows in the project side bar where that file is right now.
  • When navigating in the project side bar, to start editing certain file press function key F4. Press Enter to just view it.

Other receipes

Compare branches

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + A to open the action window, search for branches, open branches window. Also can be done as.
  • Once branch pop-window is open, select with what branch you wanna compare current checked out branch and select compare.
  • It will open up a window with all changes, in top tabs select diff, then select a file you wanna compare.
  • Above steps are also given here.


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