PhpStorm 2021.2 Help

Appearance

Use this page to change the overall look and feel of your IDE.

Option

Description

Theme

Select the UI theme from the list. By default, you can choose between a light, a dark, and a high-contrast theme. You can install other themes as plugins. For more information, see User interface themes.

Sync with OS

Select this checkbox to let PhpStorm detect the current system settings and use the default dark or light theme accordingly.

Use custom font

Specify custom font family and size to use in the PhpStorm UI.

Accessibility

Option

Description

Support screen readers

Enable screen reader support for PhpStorm. For more information, see Accessibility features.

Use contrast scrollbars

Make the editor scrollbar more visible.

Adjust colors for red-green vision deficiency

Adjust UI colors to better perceive colors in case of protanopia and deuteranopia.

UI Options

Option

Description

Show tree indent guides

Display vertical lines that mark indent levels in tree views, for example, in the Project tool window. These lines can help you better understand the hierarchy of the components in your project.

Use smaller indents in trees

Decrease the amount of space between the tool window border and the text in tree views, for example, in the Project tool window.

Enable mnemonics in menus

Underline hotkeys that you can press to execute a menu action

Enable mnemonics in controls

Underline hotkeys that you can press to use controls in dialogs

Smooth scrolling

Scroll the UI smoothly, pixel-by-pixel, instead of line-by-line.

This also enables animated smooth scrolling for Windows and Linux by default. You can disable it to use precise scrolling instead: press Ctrl+Shift+A, find and open the Smooth Scroll Options dialog, and disable the Animated smooth scrolling checkbox.

Smooth Scroll Options dialog

In this dialog, you can also set the duration of the scroll animation and change the appearance of the animation based on https://cubic-bezier.com/#.17,.67,.83,.67.

Drag-n-Drop with Alt pressed only

Avoid accidentally moving files, editor tabs, tool window buttons, and other UI components. When enabled, hold the Alt key to move things around.

By default, this option is disabled and you can move everything without any extra keys.

Always show full path in window header

Show the full path to the project and to the current file in the main window header. When disabled, the header will show only the name of the project and file.

Display icons in menu items

Show icons to the left of the items in the main menu and context menus.

Background Image

Configure a custom background image for the IDE.

Antialiasing

Option

Description

IDE

Select which antialising mode you want to apply to the IDE (including menus, tool windows, and so on):

  • Subpixel: this option is recommended for LCD displays and takes advantage of the fact that each pixel on a color LCD is composed of red, green and blue sub-pixels. This allows smoothing text and rendering it with greater detail.

  • Greyscale: this option is recommended for non-LCD displays or displays positioned vertically. It deals with text at the pixel level.

  • No antialiasing: this option can be used for displays with high resolution, where non-antialiased fonts are rendered faster and may look better.

Editor

Select which antialiasing mode you want to apply to the editor:

  • Subpixel: this option is recommended for LCD displays and takes advantage of the fact that each pixel on a color LCD is composed of red, green and blue sub-pixels. This allows smoothing text and rendering it with greater detail.

  • Greyscale: this option is recommended for non-LCD displays or displays positioned vertically. It deals with text at the pixel level.

  • No antialiasing: this option can be used for displays with high resolution, where non-antialiased fonts are rendered faster and may look better.

Tool Windows

Item

Description

Show tool window bars

Show the tool window bars around the edges of the main window. For more information, see Tool window bars and buttons.

Show tool window numbers

Show tool window quick-access numbers on the tool window buttons.

You can hold the Alt key and press the corresponding number key to switch tool windows regardless of this setting: Alt+1 for the Project tool window, and so on.

Side-by-side layout on the left

Show the tool windows that are attached to the top and bottom edges on the left side in two columns. For more information, see Optimize for wide-screen monitors.

Side-by-side layout on the right

Show the tool windows that are attached to the top and bottom edges on the right side in two columns. For more information, see Optimize for wide-screen monitors.

Widescreen tool window layout

Optimize the layout of tool windows for wide-screen displays: maximize the height of vertical tool windows by limiting the width of horizontal tool windows. For more information, see Optimize for wide-screen monitors.

Presentation Mode

Item

Description

Font size

Select the font size for the presentation mode. After changing the font size, exit and enter the Presentation mode.

Last modified: 03 November 2021