Code Style. XML
Use this page to configure formatting options for XML files. When you change these settings, the Preview pane shows how this will affect your code.
Tabs and Indents
Use tab character
An indentation consists of two parts. One part results from nesting code blocks, and the other part is determined by alignment.
In this field, specify the number of spaces that fits in a tab.
In this field, specify the number of spaces to be inserted for each indent level.
In this field, specify the number of spaces to be inserted between the elements of an array, in expressions, method declarations, and method calls.
Keep indents on empty lines
If this checkbox is selected, IntelliJ IDEA retains indents on empty lines as if they contained some code. If the checkbox is cleared, IntelliJ IDEA deletes the tab characters and spaces on empty lines.
Use these settings to specify a margin space required on the right side of an element. If you select Default option then a value of the right margin from the global settings will be used.
Wrap on typing
Use these settings settings to specify how the edited text is fitted in the specified Right margin. You can select one the following options:
Keep line breaks
Select this checkbox to have IntelliJ IDEA honor line breaks when reviewing XML files in the editor.
Keep line breaks in text
Select this checkbox to have IntelliJ IDEA honor line breaks in attributes (for example, lengthy descriptions) when reviewing XML files in the editor.
Keep blank lines
In this text box, specify the minimum number of sequential blank lines to be retained after reformatting.
Use this drop-down list to determine how attribute lines should be wrapped. The available options are:
Select this checkbox to have long lines wrapped according to the code style settings.
Select this checkbox to have attributes in sequential lines aligned.
Keep white spaces
When this checkbox is selected, the editor preserves all whitespaces within tags. The same refers also to the indents, and line breaks.
In this area, define the usage of spaces for attributes and tag names.
In this area, define the usage of whitespaces around and inside CDATA sections in MXML files:
Use the Matching rules area to define the list of rules and their order.
Add a new rule.
Remove the selected rules from the list.
Edit the selected rule.
Change the order of the rules in the list.
Each rule can match the following:
Type: match only tags or attributes. Click a type twice to disable the filter and match both.
Name: match the entire name of the element. This filter supports regular expressions and uses the standard syntax.
Namespace: match the namespace attribute.
Order: Select how to order multiple elements that match the same rule. For example, if there are multiple attributes with the same name, select keep order to arrange them in the same order, or select order by name to sort the matching attributes alphabetically by their value. Rules with alphabetical sorting are designated by .
Use the Force rearrange list to select the default rearrangement behavior when you reformat the code. This defines the default state of the Rearrange entries checkbox in the Reformat Code dialog.
Use current mode (toggled in the Reformat Code dialog): The Rearrange entries checkbox is enabled by default but you can change it.
Always: The Rearrange entries checkbox is enabled by default and you cannot change it.
Never: The Rearrange entries checkbox is disabled by default and you cannot change it.
Use custom formatting settings for Android XML files
Use this checkbox to set a custom formatting for the Android XML files. This might be helpful if you need to format Android files differently from other XML files or need to use specific Android formatting options.
If this checkbox is not selected, the default XML files formatting is applied.
Use this area to set the following formatting for AndroidManifest.xml:
Use this area to set the following formatting for the layout files:
Value Resources Files and Selectors
Use this area to set the following formatting for value resource files and selectors:
Other XML resource files
Use this area to set Wrap attributes for other XML resource files. See the available options.
The link appears in the upper-right corner of the page, when applicable. Click this link and choose the language to be used as the base for the current language code style.
To return to the initial set of code style settings and discard the changes, click Reset.