Version control local changes tab missing in 2020.1


I recently formatted my computer and installed a fresh Ubuntu 20.04, then used snapcraft to install CLion 2020.1. I am unable to find the local changes tab in the Git view. I've searched everywhere in the Git tab, and the View -> Tool Windows. The Search Everywhere feature has a "Local Changes" but it's really just the commit window. Has the original Local Changes been removed from the Git tab?


Also, I've validated that CLion is pointing to the git application (/usr/bin/git), and tests successfully.


Official comment


Local Changes and Shelf have been moved to a separate Commit tool window on the left.

See and

Brecord2 The old behavior and layout can be restored by unsetting this flag:


I don't like this new commit workflow at all. The LocalChanges tab is one of my most used tabs. I go there to take quick look at the changed files and to look at the diff without having to open another window on top.


Don't worry Fg 1. You can change this in your Settings -> Version Control -> Commit  -> Use non-modal commit interface.


Yap, I also hate the new flow 


Same here, worst part is that local changes doesn't have a key shortcut and I always have make it visibile using CMD+A, 

I can see why having a non modal interface is nice, but why not having it as a part of the VCS pane?


Really bad change, this is my main window to see all the changes in the project, diff, and commit. Thanks to the ones at JB who left this option to go back to the previous flow. 


I have to agree this is not a change for the better. Having ALL my Version Control information in one location is a much better experience than having it spread across multiple panes. I'm thankful they included the option to reverse the change.


Like everyone else, I strongly prefer the previous layout.
Thank you for the fix Olkuznsmith and Martin Cernik


Didn't like the new change at all where I couldn't see my Local Changes. Its so non user friendly. Luckily there was an option to go back. We are all up for the better changes but not like these ones. 


Hello everyone!

Thank you for sharing the feedback. I kindly ask you to provide it in YouTrack too, so that the VCS team could see it. You can comment/upvote existing issues (see links in this comment) or create new ones.


Don't like the change at all. I am happy that there is the possibility to go to previous layout. I vote to leave this possibility also for the future.


I for one do like the added screen real estate in the new layout :)

But I spent some time figuring out why I couldn't see the tab... you should add a hint somewhere in the Git panel IMO.

Yannick le Restif can you please share with us how to share the tab then? It doesn't even have a number so I cannot CMD+number

Luca Molteni if you're looking for the new version of the tab, it's now the "commit" tab. You can see it on the first screenshot of this page, at the leftmost side of the IDE, together with "project" and "structure".

If you're looking for the old version, as others have said you can re-enable it using the settings.


Yannick le Restif I had the tool windows hidden, but now I've discovered they put a shortcut for it, so I guess it's slightly better now (CMD + 0)


I don't understand why did they have to remove it. I don't use either the new or old commit window, but used this to review PRs. Can't we have both?


1. This change is HORRIBLE and makes little intuitive sense.
2. Why would you change a well known UX concept that your users use HUNDREDS of times a day without thought and opt people in by default? 


I'd just like to chime in as say that I prefer the old experience and having it be an opt out change wasn't a good call.

Thanks for the option to use the old experience but a in-app callout/notification/help text would have been nice.


Lost half an hour because of this stupid change, can you be  more careull next time.


+1  - I really dislike this change. The local changes window is one of the features I point to when I try to convince people to use the Intelli-J editors.

Please bring the local changes window back!


I agree with you guys. 'Local changes' is the most useful tab. Today I couldn't find it, so I'm here.


@anulla the replacement is the "commit" tab, that is on the left next to where the project window tab is.

Tbh if it was placed at the bottom, and I would of noticed it I prob would be at least OKay with this new layout, but since I didn't see it at all I just thought it was removed and "panicked"

I've since gotten used to the new window, it feel it should be a sub window of the existing VCS tab otherwise it's basically two tabs for VCS since you need both views often


mario gonzalez yes, I have it now, but at first I thought I have bug in my IntelliJ ;P

Luca Molteni thanks for shortcut! 


Same here, I like the previous version better.

Took me a while to identify this page.

Make the previous approach as the default one.



I agree with everybody here who liked the previous default view. I saw nothing wrong it. Please, Jetbrains, do not remove this old view.

I'm happy I can change my setting to get it back but I hope this is not being phased out.


Am I no longer able to have the preview diff in a side window or are diffs only displayed in the main editor view now? I believe it used to be that if I had the "Preview Diff" option it would show diffs in a side window in the Version Control window. Now it seems those are shown in the editor window which I dislike as well.

Is this a setting that can be changed?

Seems if I've enabled the modal commit view, there is a "Preview Diff Location" option that doesn't seem to do anything for me ad if I've disabled modal view the Preview Diff option shows the diff in the main editor window instead of just a side window which I could expand with a larger diff view only when I needed. I don't mean to be negative but I really don't like any of these changes. Version control seemed absolutely fine for years.



I thought I was losing my mind  

Losing My Local Changes and Shelf views  ... those were the most important views tat existed. 

Can we go back to the last version and re-think this ?    Productivity has gone to Zero. 

Sure seems like "Change for Change Sake" to me.    I was delighted with the previous version.  Please put it back!!!



With changes like these you make people go away from your IDE. Nearly every update has some change that needs researching where something has gone/why it is not working anymore etc.

Why would some reasonable guy/girl/whatever come to the conclusion to put something that has to do with versioning control NOT in the versioning control view but somewhere completely different?


This is one of the most useful tab on jetbrains suit, i was close to download the competition, thanks to the person that leave the setting preference 


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