By Geertjan on Oct 13, 2013
The slightly harder solution is to do what I did. I downloaded the "All" distribution and, when I ran the installation wizard, selected only the two pieces that I'm interested in:
After installation, I went to Tools | Plugins and then removed everything that doesn't relate to working with the files I care about. As you can see, I don't even care about working with databases:
I restarted the IDE and went back to Tools | Plugins and all I saw was this:
I could go further and remove even more, e.g., maybe I don't care about "Local History" or one of the other features. Just uninstall them too.
I went back to Tools | Plugins and installed the "Dark Look and Feel Themes", resulting in a very light IDE that looks exactly as I want it to be. Click to enlarge the image, to get a better view:
Now, if I want anything else, e.g., database support, I can just go to Tools | Plugins again and install the related plugin. But the point is that right now no assumptions have been made and I have exactly the tools I need to work on the kinds of projects I'm interested in.
Also, startup and performance in general is blazingly fast.
To prove how purified my IDE now is, take a look at the New Project wizard:
It didn't take much work to get to this point, about 10 minutes in total, including the download and installation procedure.