Only one Tool windows can be displayed at a time


Not sure what happened, but now I am only able to have one tool window enabled at a time.


E.g if I want to see the project, i click view > tool window > project

Then to open commit, I have to cick view > tool window > commit 

And that will remove project

Before this happened, I was able to have them displayed as tabs on the left hand side

I have cleared system cache, restarted intellij and my machine, same thing happens

on an M1 mac

IntelliJ IDEA 2021.2.2 (Ultimate Edition)
Build #IU-212.5284.40, built on September 14, 2021
Runtime version: 11.0.12+7-b1504.28 aarch64
VM: OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM by JetBrains s.r.o.
macOS 11.6
GC: ParNew, ConcurrentMarkSweep
Memory: 1981M
Cores: 8
Non-Bundled Plugins: mobi.hsz.idea.gitignore (4.2.0), cucumber-javascript (212.4746.57), intellij.prettierJS (212.5080.8), com.jetbrains.php (212.5284.49), org.jetbrains.kotlin (212-1.5.31-release-546-IJ4638.7), (2021.9-2021.2-512), lermitage.intellij.extra.icons (, com.dmarcotte.handlebars (212.4746.57)
Kotlin: 212-1.5.31-release-546-IJ4638.7


Make sure the view mode is docked pinned and the tabs reside on top/bottom so that you can see them at the same time.


tried that, same problem

I tried to have the commit and project in different locations, then moving them to the same location, and still only one would show

If I delete intellij, are there any folders were settings might still be, that I should also delete, to clean install?


See for the settings locations.

You can also use File | Manage IDE Settings | Restore Default Settings...:


I sync'd the IDE settings with the settings repo, and that worked




For anyone else having that problem:
This happens if you (accidentally) click the littly button in the lower-left corner - clicking it again changes it back
(did cost me some minutes to find as well ;) )


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