Using any IDEA Editor for single file editing

I use IntelliJ and RubyMine, and at a new company am now evaluating PHPStorm. One thing I have never been able to do with JetBrains IDE's is replace my old editor I use when I want to edit a single file outside of a project. I have the command line launcher set up, but when I use it to open a single file in some directory PHPStorm insists on indexing every file in that directory and litering the directory with a .idea folder. Is there any way to avoid all the overhead when I just want to use the editor for some simple task?

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Hi there,

PhpStorm, as well as any other product on IDEA platform, is an IDE and not just (advanced) text editor. It works with projects and not individual files.

So the answer is No -- you cannot prevent creating project (.idea subfolder) as well as indexing all other files/folders in that folder.

Use more appropriate tool for such tasks.

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I have invested a lot of time learning the editor, setting up keyboard shortcuts, snipits, macros, etc. To say I shouldn't utilize those when I want to edit a random file in a folder is silly.

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It would be very fine, if phpstorm could open just a file - without thinking, this file belongs to a project.
I don't like to have so many tools on my computer - better is one for all - and PHPStorm could do that. Maybe if i open my file ther should be a question like: open as projectfile...

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