Search Everywhere window disappears after loosing focus


The Search Everywhere (Shift-Shift) window disappears when I switch to another window. So it is impossible to copy information from the Search Everywhere window to another document. It also cannot be pinned or docked.

I would suggest the same behaviour as with the Find in Path window, that remains visible when loosing focus.

Also: I miss the Recent Searches in the Search Everywhere window.


IntelliJ IDEA 2017.2.6
Build #IU-172.4574.11, built on November 13, 2017
JRE: 1.8.0_152-release-915-b12 x86_64
JVM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o
Mac OS X 10.11.6



Hello Chris,

Could you please describe your use case? What information do you copy from Search Everywhere window?



For instance: I used Search Everywhere to find database tables with a certain column name. In another document I copied/wrote down the table names. When I switched to the note-taking app, I lost the information from Search Everywhere.




Currently there is no setting to keep Serach Everywhere opened on focus switch.

Feel  free to create feature request on YouTrack:

Also: Search Everywhere remembers last 50 quires. Use left arrow key to access history and vote for to make it more handy.


I have the opposite issue: It does stay open after losing focus, but loses keyboard focus which is literally NEVER what I want (ie. I'm trying to edit my query but actually editing the file obscured from view underneath it)


@Nathan Smith are you sure you are referring to a Search everywhere (Shift + Shift)? Could you please provide a video capture of the problem and idea.log? 



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