PhpStorm 2018.3 Help

Status bar

By using a status bar, you can monitor the current IDE state and run environment maintenance tasks.


Status Bar icons



Show tool windows

Hide tool windows

Click to toggle showing or hiding tool window bars. Also double press and hold (for macOS) or Alt (for Windows or *NIX) to show hidden tool window bars. Refer to the procedure description.

Menu information

This section of the Status bar shows a description of a command, currently selected on the main menu, context menu, or a toolbar.

Background tasks

Click this icon to invoke the Background Tasks manager. Visibility of this icon in the Status bar depends on a launched background task.

Line number

Numbers that are divided by a colon denote the current caret position in the editor(line and column).

If you selected a part of a code in the editor, PhpStorm shows you a number of characters and line breaks in the selected section.



This Lock icon indicates the read-only or writable attribute of the current file in the editor. To toggle the file attribute, click the Lock icon or use the File | Make File Writable/Read-only command on the main menu.


View and change line endings of the current file in the editor.


View and change encoding of the current file in the editor.

Code style indents

Shows the current VCS branch. If you click the icon, you can select a VCS branch and work with it.


Click this icon to navigate to the pending source control changelists in the Incoming tab of the Version Control tool window.

The Hector icon

Hovering your mouse pointer over the icon shows the current code inspection profile at the tooltip.

Clicking the Hector icon results in showing a dialog box with the following functions:

  • Highlighting level. Use the slider to change the highlighting level for the current file, or configure the inspection profile.

    Depending on the highlighting level selected by the slider, Hector keeps an eye on the code icons ide hectorOn (Inspection level), turns half face icons ide hectorSyntax (Syntax), or averts his face from the code icons ide hectorOff (None).

  • Power Save Mode. Select this checkbox to minimize power consumption of your computer by eliminating the background operations. To indicate that the mode is on, Hector fades icons ide hectorNo.

    When Power Save Mode is on, PhpStorm reduces its functionality to the one of a text editor, by not executing highly-consuming background activities that drain laptop battery. These activities include error highlighting and on-the-fly inspections, automatic code completion.

    You can also toggle Power Save Mode through the File | Power Save Mode command on the main menu.

icons ide notification infoEvents svg

icons ide notification noEvents svg

Indicates that there are unattended notifications. Click this icon to see the notification descriptions in the Event Log tool window.
Alternatively, when the icon is empty, there are no new notifications.

icons general notificationError svg

This blinking icon indicates that internal IDE errors have occurred. Click to view the error descriptions and submit reports.

uiStatusHeapShows the current heap level and memory usage. Visibility of this section in the Status bar is defined by the Show memory indicator check box in the Appearance page of the Settings/Preferences dialog. It is not shown by default.

Click the memory indicator to run the garbage collector.

Last modified: 18 March 2019

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