Want cleaner UI and more effective workspace in RubyMine?

Some time ago we showed a quick video on how to make RubyMine UI clean and lightweight if you prefer it this way. With RubyMine 3.2 there’s a new option available which you should consider.

You may have noticed a small new button in the bottom left corner of RubyMine window.
It lets you have more space in the main frame and give more prominence to the editor by hiding the tool window bars.

With the tool buttons hidden you still can open oк access the tool windows using their numeric hotkeys, e.g. Project view with Alt+1/⌘ 1, VCS Changes with Alt+9/⌘ 9, etc.

But if you need to open one with the mouse (or forgot the quick access key), you can show the tool window buttons just for a moment. To do that, hit the Alt key twice (Command key on Mac), and keep it down — while the key is pressed, the tool window buttons are visible and can be clicked with mouse. Release the key — and they disappear again, leaving your main frame clean and spacious.

Try it if you have not done so yet!

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8 Responses to Want cleaner UI and more effective workspace in RubyMine?

  1. Scott Smith says:

    I like the way you turn it on and off and the use of the double-click command key. A useful feature at a low learning curve cost. Thanks!

  2. ivan says:

    cool, didn’t see that one. btw the alt magic isn’t working under kubuntu

  3. Tor says:

    You guys do think of everything!

  4. borama says:

    This is indeed a cool feature, however, under Linux (at least in my Gnome) the alt+mouse click is often mapped to raising the window so the double alt trick does not work. It would be great to have this key sequence configurable. Anyway thanks!

  5. Thanks guys! We’ll investigate what’s up on linux.

  6. Tor says:

    Hmm, in hidden mode, how to you access non-numbered tabs (ie. version control etc.)?

  7. @Tor: hit Alt/Command twice and click with the mouse when the tabs show up. You can also assign hotkeys to them in IDE Settings | Keymaps.

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