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Android Studio: How to 'Refresh' after adding file?

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I am trying to add a layout to an Android project:

Right clicked on res folder New | Directory. The directory was created however not shown under app/res. Maybe because empty dirs are hidden by default? Went to Windows explorer and added a file to the newly created directory (hidden in Android Studio). Back in the Studio, how can I ‘refresh’ the project structure to show the newly created directory and the file under it?

Essentially my question is, what is the alternative to Eclipse’ Refresh menu option?

How to&Answers:

If I find that Android Studio is out of synch with the file system I use File->Synchronize. Or equivalently, Ctrl+Alt+Y or the little circle with arrows menu button.


There is a view option right on top of the hierarchy folders (see attachment). Select “Packages”

Screenshot of project menu in Android Studio]