MPS 2023.3 Help

Code completion

This section covers various techniques of context-aware code completion that allow you to speed up your coding process.

Basic completion

Basic code completion helps you complete the names of classes, methods, and keywords within the visibility scope.

When you invoke code completion, MPS analyzes the context and suggests the choices that are reachable from the current caret position .

If basic code completion is applied to a part of a field, parameter, or variable declaration, MPS suggests a list of possible names depending on the item type.

Invoke basic completion

  1. Start typing a name.

  2. Press Ctrl+Space or choose Code | Code Completion | Basic from the main menu.

  3. If necessary, press Ctrl+Space for the second time (or press Ctrl+Alt+Space).

Type-matching completion

Smart type-matching code completion filters the suggestion list and shows only the types applicable to the current context.

Invoke type-matching completion

  1. Start typing. By default, MPS displays the code completion popup automatically as you type. If automatic completion is disabled, press Ctrl+Shift+Space or choose Code | Code Completion | Type-Matching from the main menu.

  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+Space.

    The most suitable suggestion for the current context is highlighted.

  3. If necessary, press Ctrl+Shift+Space once again.

Statement completion

You can create syntactically correct code constructs by using statement completion. It inserts the necessary syntax elements (parentheses, braces, and semicolons) and gets you in a position where you can start typing the next statement.

Complete a code construct

  • Start typing a code construct and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.

    MPS automatically completes the construct and adds the required punctuation. The caret is placed at the next editing position.

Completion tips and tricks

Open completion settings from the completion popup

You can quickly access code completion settings right from the completion popup.

  • Click the icon in the completion popup and select Code Completion Settings.

After that, the Editor | General | Code Completion page of the IDE settingsĀ  Ctrl+Alt+S opens.

Narrow down the suggestion list

  • You can narrow down the suggestion list by typing any part of a word (even characters from somewhere in the middle) or invoking code completion after a dot separator . MPS will show suggestions that include the characters you have entered in any positions.

    This makes the use of wildcards unnecessary:

    Code completion Wild Card

Accept a suggestion

You can accept a suggestion from the list in one of the following ways:

  • Press Enter or double-click a list item to insert it to the left of the caret.

  • Press Tab to replace the characters to the right from the caret.

  • Use Ctrl+Shift+Enter to make the current code construct syntactically correct (balance parentheses, add missing braces and semicolons, and so on).

Completion shortcuts

You can use the following live templates shortcuts for one of the most frequently used statements:

  • sout: prints System.out.printIn()

  • serr: prints System.err.printIn()

View code hierarchy

You can view code hierarchy when you've selected an entry from the suggestion list:

  • Ctrl+H - view type hierarchy


If code completion doesn't work, this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  • The Power Save Mode is on (File | Power Save Mode). Turning it on minimizes power consumption of your laptop by eliminating the background operations, including error highlighting, on-the-fly inspections, and code completion.

  • An SDK is not configured for your project.

  • Your file doesn't reside in a content root , so it doesn't get the required class definitions and resources needed for code completion.

  • A file containing classes and functions that you want to appear in the completion suggestion list is marked as a plain text file.

  • External libraries that contain functions that you want to appear in the completion suggestion list are not added as dependencies or global libraries.

  • Code completion popup might not appear automatically if it takes too long to gather the completion options. For example, if the computer is busy with another task. In this case, you may still activate the completion popup manually via Ctrl+Space hotkey.

Last modified: 07 March 2024