PhpStorm 8.0.0 Web Help

Any code completion or live template operation ends up with a suggestion list, from which you have to select the desired option. PhpStorm provides handy ways to make your selection, complete the source code, sort entries, and view reference information without leaving the suggestion list.

In this section, you will learn:

To navigate though the suggestion list and completed expression
  • Use the mouse cursor or the EditorUpUpUpUpUp or Ctrl+PUpUpUpUp or Control PUp or Control PUp or Control P and EditorDownDownDownDownDown or Ctrl+NDownDownDownDown or Control NDown or Control NDown or Control N arrow keys to navigate through the suggestion list.
  • Use the horizontal arrow keys in the completed expression to make the suggestion list wider (left arrow) or closer (right arrow):


To complete selection
  • Use EditorEnterEnterEnterEnterEnterEnterEnterEnterEnterEnterEnter to insert the selected string at the insertion point.
  • Use EditorChooseLookupItemReplaceTabTabTabTabTabTabTabTabTabTab to replace the string next to the caret with the selected one.
  • Use EditorChooseLookupItemCompleteStatementCtrl+Shift+EnterCtrl+Shift+EnterCtrl+Shift+EnterCtrl+Shift+EnterCtrl+Shift+EnterCtrl+Shift+EnterCtrl+Shift+EnterShift Command EnterShift Command EnterShift Command Enter to make the current code construct syntactically correct (balance parentheses, add missing braces and semicolons, etc.)
  • It is possible to enter the desired element name manually when the input position is highlighted and the list of suggestions is open. As you type, the suggestion list shrinks so that only matching element names remain:


    If you enter a name that is not used in the scope, PhpStorm will inform you with a pop-up window as shown in the figure below:


  • It is possible to type any part of a word, even the characters located somewhere in the middle of the word:


    That's why asterisk character doesn't get any special processing as a wildcard.

Please note the following:

  • If, invoking an action, you don’t get what you want immediately, invoke this action again by pressing the same shortcut.
  • Most suitable variants in the suggestion list are displayed on the green background on top of the list.
  • Entries in bold font on top of the list denote symbols defined in the current class. All the other symbols are shown below.
To view reference information in the suggestion list
  • Use the Quick Definition View. If you select an entry in a list and press QuickImplementationsCtrl+Shift+ICtrl+Shift+ICtrl+Shift+ICtrl+Shift+ICtrl+Shift+IQuickImplementationsCtrl+Shift+IAlt Space or Command YAlt Space or Command YAlt Space or Command Y, PhpStorm displays the following quick information pop-up window:

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  • Quick Information View works in a suggestion list. If you select an entry in a list, and press QuickJavaDocCtrl+Q or Alt+Button2 ClickCtrl+Q or Alt+Button2 ClickCtrl+Q or Alt+Button2 ClickCtrl+Q or Alt+Button2 ClickCtrl+QCtrl+Q or Alt+Button2 ClickAlt+Button2 Click, Ctrl+Shift+Space or F2F1, Control J or Control Button2 ClickF1, Control J or Control Button2 ClickAlt Button2 Click or F2, PhpStorm displays the following quick information pop-up window:

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To sort entries in the suggestion list
  • Click a_icon or pi_icon in the lower-right corner of the list to toggle between sorting in alphabetical order, or by relevance.

Please note the following:

  • The sorting icon appears in the list if it is long enough. For few entries only sorting icon is not displayed.
  • Use mouse only to click this icon.
  • PhpStorm memorizes the type of sorting.
  • Default behavior is defined in the Code Completion page of the Editor settings.
To view hierarchy in the completion pop-up
  1. Start typing the source code, and press SmartTypeCompletionCtrl+Shift+SpaceCtrl+Shift+SpaceCtrl+Shift+SpaceCtrl+Shift+Space or Ctrl+Alt+SlashShift+Alt+SpaceCtrl+Shift+Space or Ctrl+Shift+Back SlashShift+Alt+SpaceControl Shift SpaceControl Shift SpaceShift Alt Space orCodeCompletionCtrl+SpaceCtrl+SpaceCtrl+SpaceAlt+SlashCtrl+SpaceCtrl+Space or Ctrl+Back SlashCtrl+SpaceControl SpaceControl SpaceControl Space. The suggestion list appears.
  2. While in the suggestion list, pressTypeHierarchyCtrl+HCtrl+HCtrl+HCtrl+HAlt+HShift+Alt+F12F4Control HControl HF4. The Hierarchy tool window shows the type hierarchy of the class, selected in the suggestion list.
To close the suggestion list
  • Close the suggestion list with EditorEscapeEscapeEscapeEscapeEscape, Escape or Ctrl+GEscapeEscapeEscapeEscapeEscapeEscape, then enter your own code at the code completion position.

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