IntelliJ as text editor?

Hi, I'm a long time user of one of your IDEs. Today I found InelliJ Community Edition and my mind was blown finding that it's free. Is there a way however to use it as a text editor, opening files in individual instances without needing to create a new project?  Or is this impossible?
I love your UI, it's so intelligent, yet adapts with the system look. I'd love to just be able to open a random INI, JS, RC, whatever files in a familar coding environment.

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Hello,

It's not possible now. We have a simular request in YouTrack: http://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/WI-1816.
Feel free to vote and leave comments.

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Until the feature request Yaroslav mentions gets completed, something you can do as a workaround is have a simple "scratch pad" like project open in IDEA. Then you can drag and drop files into it to edit.  Not ideal... but it works for now.

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FWIW, I've found VSCode with IntelliJ IDEA Keybindings to be a decent compromise. It's still a _little_ too heavy for my taste, for every-day use outside of programming projects that is, but you get many of the IDEA text editing comforts.

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