Working in Edit Mode

This section describes how to use the Edit mode. For more information about using the sidebar, see Browsing Project Contents.

Using the Editor Toolbar

The editor toolbar is located at the top of the editor view. The editor toolbar is context sensitive and shows items relevant to the file currently open in the editor.

Navigating Between Open Files and Symbols

Use the toolbar to navigate between open files and symbols in use. To browse backward or forward through your location history, click (Go Back) and (Go Forward).

To go to any open file, select it from the Open files drop-down menu (1). To open a context menu that contains commands for managing open files, right-click the file name or icon on the toolbar. In addition to the commands also available in the File menu, you can copy the path and name of the current file and the number of the line where the cursor is currently located to the clipboard by selecting Copy Full Path, Copy File Name, or Copy Path and Line Number.

To jump to any symbol used in the current file, select it from the Symbols drop-down menu (2). By default, the symbols are displayed in the order in which they appear in the file. Right-click the menu title and select Sort Alphabetically to arrange the symbols in alphabetic order.

To jump to a line and column in the current file, select the line and column indicator (3) or press Ctrl+K (or Cmd+K on macOS) to open the locator. Enter the line number and column number in the locator, separated by a colon (:).

Note: Other convenient ways of navigating in Qt Design Studio are provided by the keyboard shortcuts and the sidebar.

Splitting the Editor View

Split the editor view or open the editor in a new window when you want to work on and view multiple files on the same screen or on multiple screens.

You can view multiple files simultaneously in the following ways:

  • To split the editor view into a top and bottom view, select Window > Split, press Ctrl+E, 2, or select the (Split) button and then select Split.

    Split command creates views below the currently active editor view.

  • To split the editor view into adjacent views, select Window > Split Side by Side, press Ctrl+E, 3, or select Split > Split Side by Side.

    Side by side split command creates views to the right of the currently active editor view.

  • To open the editor in a detached window, press Ctrl+E, 4, or select Window > Open in New Window.

    The new window behaves basically in the same way as the editor area in the main window. For example, you can split this window, as well. Documents are opened in the currently active editor window.

To move between split views and detached editor windows, select Window > Go to Next Split or Window or press Ctrl+E, O.

To remove a split view, place the cursor within the view you want to remove and select Window > Remove Current Split, press Ctrl+E, 0, or select the (Remove Split) button. To remove all but the currently selected split view, select Window > Remove All Splits or press Ctrl+E, 1.

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