Any way to exclude individual .java files?

Putting them in Settings | Compiler | Excludes is only able to make the compiler happy but searching for an compiler-excluded .java file still shows that file.

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No, it is not possible to exclude individual files from IDEA for indexing, refactoring and searching. That said, you can define a scope (File > Settings > [Project Settings] > Scopes) that excluded the file(s) you want to exclude. For example to exclude the class Foo:


To exclude multiple files:


Then select that scope whenever you are doing you search. IDEA will then not search those files.

For more information, see the following topics in the Help menu:

  • IntelliJ IDEA > Reference > Scope Language Syntax
  • IntelliJ IDEA > Reference > Settings Dialog > Project Settings > Scopes

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