Configuring Inspection Severities
Inspection severity indicates how seriously the detected code issues impact the project and determines how the detected issues are highlighted in the editor. By default, each inspection has one of the following severity levels:
No highlighting, only fix
You can increase or decrease the severity level of each inspection. For example, you can force IntelliJ IDEA to display some warnings as errors or weak warnings. In a similar way, what is initially considered a weak warning can be displayed as a warning, an error, or just as a reference information.
You can also configure the color and font style used to highlight each severity level. Besides, you can create custom severity levels and set them for specific inspections.
If necessary, you can set different severity levels for the same inspection in different scopes.
Change severity of an inspection
Select the desired inspection. If this inspection is disabled, select the checkbox next to it.
- Select the desired severity from the context menu of the inspection or from the Severity selector on the right:
Note that inspections, whose state is changed relative to the default values, and all their grouping nodes are highlighted with blue.
Apply the changes. The modified inspection will now have the new severity level when this profile is used.
Change severity of an inspection for different scopes
Choose the desired profile and inspection.
- Click the drop-down list In All Scopes, and select the scope you want to change inspection severity in.
IntelliJ IDEA shows severities for two scopes: for the selected one and Everywhere else.
Click severity drop-down list for the selected scope and choose the appropriate severity level from the drop-down list:
Change the highlighting style for a specific severity level
- Do one of the following:
In the Settings/Preferences dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), select , and then select the style corresponding to the desired severity level.
- In the inspection settings, select the desired inspection and choose Edit severities from the Severity selector.
Next, in the Severities Editor dialog box that opens, select the desired severity level and click Editor | Colors & Fonts.
Either way you will see the styles associated with this severity in the Color Scheme settings page.
Configure the color and font styles as necessary and apply changes. The detected issues with the corresponding severity will now be highlighted in the editor with the modified style when the current profile is used.
Define a custom severity level
In the inspection settings, select the desired inspection and choose Edit severities from the Severity selector.
In the Severities Editor dialog box that opens, click :
- Type the name for the new severity in the New Highlight Severity dialog box.
The custom severity is added to the list of severities.
Specify color and font settings for the new severity using the controls to the right of the list of severities.
Use the Up and Down buttons to change the priority of the new severity.
- Apply the changes. The new severity level will now be available for all inspections within the current profile. You can assign it to specific inspections and get the corresponding code issues highlighted with the specified style in the editor.
If necessary, you can remove the custom severity level later by selecting it in the Severities Editor dialog box and clicking .
You cannot change priorities of the pre-defined severity levels, or remove them.