Update: add information about IntelliJ Idea 14

Java is no longer part of Mac OS default installation. When you want to start Idea on new Mac OS Yosemite you’ll get this nice message:


You have two options. Install legacy Java 6 from Apple or install new Java 8 from Oracle.

IntelliJ Idea 13

In case of Java 8, just open file “/Applications/IntelliJ IDEA 13.app/Contents/Info.plist” and change JVMVersion from 1.6* to 1.8*:

sudo vim "/Applications/IntelliJ IDEA 13.app/Contents/Info.plist"

IntelliJ Idea 14

Open file “/Applications/IntelliJ IDEA 14.app/Contents/Info.plist” and change JVMVersion from 1.6* to 1.8*:

sudo vim "/Applications/IntelliJ IDEA 14.app/Contents/Info.plist"


Click IntelliJ Idea icon and enjoy your IDE.


You can find more info at JetBrains Support forum.

It’s easy to create vertical text block selection in IntelliJ Idea.

Click Mouse wheel and drag.

Mouse wheel click is sometimes mapped to a function in operating system and selection won’t work.

There is alternative shortcut. Press ALT and drag cursor (by left click).

You’ll select vertical text block.

Newer versions of IntelliJ Idea have support for multiple cursors. Each line of selection will contain one cursor.

Common feature in many application is possibility to zoom text content by Ctrl+Mouse Wheel.

IntelliJ Idea has this feature, but it’s disabled by default.

You can enable zoom in few steps. Open Settings (Ctrl+Alt+S), search for “zoom“, select Editor.


Check the option “Change font size (Zoom) with Ctrl+Mouse Wheel“. Click OK and enjoy the zoom feature 🙂