TabSwitch Plugin


Of course, tabs is a good way for organizing opened files within an application. However, when you have too many opened tabs it becomes difficult to navigate between them. IntelliJ IDEA helps you to navigate between recently opened files (CTRL + E), but sometimes you need to switch only between the tabs.
The TabSwitch plugin allows you to switch between IntelliJ IDEA tabs like you switch between opened applications in Windows. With the plugin installed, just press Alt + A, and you’ll get the list of the opened tabs. The most recently used tabs come first.

As it turned out, Alt + A is not an intuitive shortcut. So, many developers changed it to Ctrl + Tab. This shortcut is used in IntelliJ IDEA for switching within splitted windows. But it is rarely used, so you can easily override it.
To change the shortcut, open Settings – > Keymap. Then select Plugins->TabSwitch, and configure its shortcuts (remember that you cannot modify the default keymap and need to create your own).

The plugin has more features and shortucts that help you with tab navigation. Here you can find the full description:
The TabSwitch is free and can be downloaded via IntelliJ IDEA Plugin Manager.

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5 Responses to TabSwitch Plugin

  1. Vincent Mallet says:

    June 11, 2006

    TabSwitch is such a great plugin! I still think you should make it part of the core:


  2. Michael Parmeley says:

    June 20, 2006

    I don’t really see any added benefit of TabSwitch over just using –left or right arrows to move back and forward between recent edit points.

  3. Michael Parmeley says:

    June 20, 2006

    That was supposed to read “ctrl-alt-left or right arrows”. I had put them in with greater than and less than symbols surrounging them and the comment software must have tried to treat those like HTML or something.

  4. Shushu says:

    June 27, 2006

    This is the most used plugin I have, I agree with Vince that said it should become a part of the core.


  5. Beth Tirado says:

    October 11, 2016

    I have been using TabSwitch for YEARS, and have been super happy with it. However, I recently switched machines, and when I reinstalled this plugin into my new IntelliJ, it doesn’t work right. It skips tabs. When I hit Alt-A, I see all the open tabs. However, as I continue to hit Alt-A, it skips several tabs that are in the list. Even if I continue to hit Alt-A so that it loops over the list, some of the tabs are skipped for no apparent reason. So, sometimes I simply can’t switch to the tab I want.


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