RubyMine’s editor is tab-based. When you open a file, it’s opened in a new tab. The editor can also be split vertically or horizontally; allowing you to edit multiple files simultaneously. In this post, we’ll look at managing and navigating these basic RubyMine concepts on OS X.
Navigating Between Tabs
Move between multiple tabs with
command + shift + [/] or
control + Left/Right.
Close a tab with
command + W.
There are several other useful tab closing commands that don’t have keyboard shortcuts. I add the following shortcuts for them:
command + shift + W– close all other tabs
command + option + W– close all tabs
command + option + control + W– close all unmodified tabs
Splitting the Editor
Edit multiple files simultaneously by splitting the editor using the “Split Vertically” or “Split Horizontally” commands (find these commands quickly with
command + shift + A, “Find Action”).
command + option + control + Up/Down shortcuts to split vertically and horizontally.
Navigating Between Splits
Move the cursor to the next split with
option + Tab. Move to the previous split with
option + shift + Tab.
The Switcher can also be used to move between splits. Use
control + Tab to open the Switcher, continue holding down
control, and then use
Tab to select an open file to navigate to.
Moving Tabs Between Splits
Use the “Move To Opposite Group” command (find this command quickly with
command + shift + A, “Find Action”) to move tabs between splits.
command + option + control + Left/Right shortcuts for this command.
Close a single split by closing all of its tabs.
Close all splits with
option + shift + X.
Master the Basics
In RubyMine, you’ll use tabs and splits all the time. Don’t hesitate to create custom shortcuts for tab and split commands that don’t have them. Efficiently managing and navigating tabs and splits from the keyboard is a fundamental, must learn RubyMine skill.