Lightweight project navigation with Navigation Bar

Eugene Toporov

If you, like me, like the minimalistic UI, you’ve definitely hidden the toolbar and customized the RubyMine as you prefer.

Here is one thing you may like as well — Navigation Bar.

It is hidden by default in RubyMine. You can have in shown permanently (try View->Navigation Bar in main menu) but you can also summon it every time you need it — just hit ⌥ Home/Alt+Home.

Navigation Bar a nice replacement to the Project View. You can quickly navigate through folders structure and open files in the editor.

NOTE: I know the Home key is not available on laptops, so if you use a laptop keyboard, you’ll need to re-assign the hotkey in IDE Settings.
By the way, you can filter files/folders in the navigation bar popups, if you just start typing…

And many cool shortcuts such as ⌃N/Alt+Insert work nicely inside of Navigation Bar, which lets you create new files, classes, and everything really really quickly and using keyboard only.

Remember: ⌥ Home/Alt+Home. Try it if you haven’t yet and let us know what you think!

Develop with pleasure!
JetBrains Team

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6 Responses to Lightweight project navigation with Navigation Bar

  1. Emmanuel Sambo says:

    March 29, 2010

    I like this feature. I can even do a fuzzy search by explicitly using “*” in the file name that I want to search for.
    But there is still room for improvement by providing more file and version control details as outlined by Geoffrey Grosenbach:

  2. Eugene Toporov says:

    March 30, 2010

    @Emmanuel: Thanks. Have you checked this screencast about our ‘Go to file’ feature? Do you miss any features? Suggest them in our tracker:

  3. Joseph DelCioppio says:

    March 30, 2010

    When I hit Alt+Home, I see the navigation screen but it is docked at the top of my IDE, just under the menu, and when I start typing its not focus on it, how do I change this, cause this sounds like an awesome feature if I can get it to work like you guys do!

  4. Eugene Toporov says:

    March 31, 2010

    @Joseph: Can’t say for sure what’s happening.
    Do you have Navigation Bar shown permanently?
    Does anything happen if you press Left arrow key?
    It would be easier to discuss on the forum:

  5. Eric says:

    March 31, 2010

    Interesting feature, but not sure how/why this beats CTRL+SHIFT+N (find file) – which I’m addicted to. Seems like these two overlap quite a bit, although ALT+HOME has a browsing metaphor and CTRL+SHIFT+N a search metaphor…

  6. Andy says:

    November 23, 2010

    Same problem as Joseph.

    The ‘navigation bar’ doesn’t get focus.

    I use ‘alt-home’ to make the ‘navigation bar’ visible and it had focus.
    I’d then use the arrows to navigate to the file I want.

    Without focus I’m reaching for the mouse to put the focus on the navigation bar.



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