DBeaver Documentation


Application Window Overview

The DBeaver window contains a menu bar, a toolbar, a workspace with one or more editors and views, and a status bar:

Menu Bar

By default, the menu bar contains the following menus:

  • The File menu contains menu items for creating files, folders, projects, database connections, database projects, ER diagrams, and Import and Export items.
  • The Edit menu contains global commands like Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete and Add Bookmark targeted at the active element.
  • The Navigate menu allows navigation through scripts and database objects.
  • The Search menu provides options to search among files database objects and across data.
  • The SQL Editor menu is for opening SQL Editor and managing its appearance.
  • The Database menu allows the management of database drivers, connections, and transactions and reconnecting to and disconnecting from a database.
  • The Window menu includes items to manage the look of DBeaver window: show/hide and minimize/maximize views and editors, display bars, split editors, and manage other preferences.
  • The Help menu contains links to information and help resources, and menu items to check the version number and availability of updates.

You can customize the menu bar and the list of menu items to display; for this, go to Window -> Customize Perspective -> Menu Visibility tab.


The toolbar contains buttons for the most basic and frequently used commands:

Some buttons are enabled (colored) and others are disabled (grey). The sets of enabled and disabled buttons change depending on which editor is active in the workspace. Only enabled buttons apply to the active view or editor.

Tip: The toolbar can be customized. For more information, please consult our customization guide.

Shortcut Bar

There are two shortcut bars - one on the left and one on the right side of the workspace zone. Shortcut bars host shortcuts of views and editors and appear if at least one view or editor is minimized, otherwise, they are hidden.


Views are windows within the workspace that provide presentations and ways to navigate the information. For more information about particular views, see the Views article.

Editors are windows in which you can interact with the content of files and databases. For more information about particular editors, see the Editors article.

Both views and editors can appear as separate windows or tabs stacked with other views/editors in a tabbed window. The following image shows the title bar of a tabbed window. They become hidden if tabs do not fit in the title bar of a tabbed window. To see the list of hidden tabs, click the Show List icon that also indicates their number:

Several views and editors can be opened simultaneously in the workspace, but only one can be active at a time.

You can change the layout of the workspace by opening and closing views, docking them in different positions in the workspace, collapsing them to the shortcut bar, or expanding them to occupy the whole workspace and restoring them to the latest docked position.

Changing Workspace Layout

You can move views and editors around the workspace and dock them in different positions:

  • As a tab in a tabbed window
  • As a separate window with a vertical or horizontal layout in any zone of the workspace

You can also swap locations of two views or editors.

To dock a view to a position in the workspace, press and hold the view's title bar, then drag and drop it onto the desired position.

You can resize the view and editor windows. To resize, place the cursor on the window's border until it changes to a double-ended arrow, then click and drag the edge to the needed size.

To close a view or editor, click the Close button, or right-click the title bar of the view / editor, then click one of the options on the context menu (they change depending on the configuration of windows):

  • Close - to close the active window or tab in a tabbed window.
  • Close Others (for editors and views that appear as tabs in tabbed windows) - to close all tabs of the current tabbed window except the active tab.
  • Close Tabs to the Right / Left (also for tabbed windows) - to close all tabs of the current tabbed window that are located to the right / left of the active tab.
  • Close All - to close all tabs of a tabbed window (close the window).

Managing View and Editors

All views and editors have the Close, Minimize and Maximize buttons:

The Maximize button changes to the Restore button when a view or editor is maximized.

To maximize a view or editor to the size of the whole workspace, do one of the following:

  • Click the Maximize button in the upper-right corner of the view.
  • Double-click the title bar of the view or editor.
  • On the Window menu, click Appearance -> Maximize Active View or Editor.

When one view is maximized, other views and editors appear as shortcuts on the shortcut bar.

To restore a maximized view or editor to its latest docked position, double-click its title bar or the Restore button in its upper-right corner.

When you minimize a view, it wraps into a shortcut on the shortcut bar:

The shortcuts of views and editors may appear on the left or the right shortcut bar, depending on the latest docked position of the view or editor.

To minimize a view, do one of the following:

  • Click the Minimize button in the upper-right corner of the view.
  • On the Window menu, click Appearance -> Minimize Active View or Editor.

To restore a minimized view or editor to its previous position, click the Restore button on its shortcut in the shortcut bar. To restore a minimized view or editor to a new position, click the view / editor name button under the restore button.