Quick Lists to Group Your Favorite ActionsOctober 1st, 2009 by Alexey Pegov
There’s a lot of useful actions in IntelliJ IDEA that don’t have shortcuts for many different reasons: they’re not used too often or there’s simply no more convenient key combinations left.
For example, I often want to get access to VCS actions like Compare with latest repository version or Revert current file or even submit a single file with a quick NPE fix without opening a menu or going to Changes view.
So how can I call any of these actions with a single shortcut? That’s really easy: I just need to define my own Quick List and map it to a shortcut (Control-X in my case). After I’ve done that, every time I press Control-X I will get a pop-up like this:
Now I can press 5 to quickly commit the current file or 2 to revert all my changes. OK, now let’s see how to create a Quick List and assign it a shortcut.
First of all, you should decide which actions to include in the list. Think how often you call a context menu or, say, go to Changes view to perform a single action. If you can’t recall a pack of useful actions right away, don’t worry: you’ll be able to extend your list anytime later.
Now, choose File | Settings and choose Quick Lists from the list of available categories:
Now, press + (Add) button in the top left corner of the dialog box, and assign a name to your list (my list is called ’spl’ for no particular reason: I just like to give my customizations unique names). Browse available actions on the left and move them into your list with the right arrow button, reorder them, etc.
Added a few items? Take a break before you go further: it’s a good practice to keep the list short in order to access its items by numbers from 1 to 9.
Now, assign a shortcut to the Quick List. To do that, choose Keymap from the left configuration pane and expand the Quick Lists item:
You’ll notice your Quick List there, so just assign an unused shortcut to it.
That’s all. Now if you press the shortcut that you’ve assigned to your Quick List, you’ll see a small pop-up list with your selected actions.
Hope it will save you a couple of seconds every now an then so that you can concentrate on what you’re doing instead of how to do it!