PhpStorm 2020.3 Help

Editor Tabs

Use this page to configure the appearance of the editor tabs and tab headers, specify their positioning on the screen, and define the tab closing policy.

Item Description
Appearance
Tab placement Use the list to set the location of editor tabs. If you select None, no tabs will be displayed, and any new file will open in the current editor.
Show tabs in one row Select this option to see the tab headers in a single row.
Hide if there is no space

If this checkbox is selected, PhpStorm shows as many tabs as there fit into the current PhpStorm frame; the rest are hidden under the Hide tabs drop-down. Clear the checkbox if you don't want to hide any tabs. Alternatively, from the main menu, select Window | Editor Tabs | Show Hidden Tabs for PhpStorm to display the hidden tabs.

The Hide if there is no space checkbox becomes available when Show pinned tabs in separate row is selected.

Use small fonts for labels

If this checkbox is selected, the font size on the editor tabs is set to the smaller value.

If this checkbox is not selected, the font size on the editor tabs is set to the default value, as in the project tree view.

Show file icon Display file type icons in editor tabs.
Show file extension Select if you want file extensions to be displayed in editor tabs.
Show directory for non-unique file names If this checkbox is selected, the editor tabs will show the filename together with the parent directory name if the filename is not unique.
Mark modified Select to mark modified files with an asterisk Asterisk marker.
Show full path on mouse hover Select to be able to see complete file paths in a tooltip. If you need to configure the tooltip duration, use the Tooltip delay option located at the bottom of the Code Editing page.
Close button position Select where you want the closing button Close new to be displayed.
Tab Order
Sort tabs alphabetically Select this checkbox if you want the names of editor tabs to appear in the alphabetical order.
Open new tabs at the end Select this checkbox to open a new tab at the end of the already opened one.
Opening Policy
Enable preview tab The preview tab allows you to view files in a single tab one by one without opening each file in a new tab. Any other file that you select will replace the previous one in this tab.
Open declaration source in the same tab When you navigate to a method, class or a variable, the source file that contains their declaration will replace the current tab if there are no changes.
Closing Policy
Tab limit Specify the maximum number of editor tabs to be displayed.
When tabs exceed the limit

In this area, specify which editor tab should be closed when the limit is reached and the user attempts to open a new file:

  • Close unchanged: PhpStorm examines the tabs in the order they were opened and closes the first tab that has not been modified.

  • Close unused: PhpStorm closes the tab with the less frequently modified content.

When the current tab is closed, activate Specify which editor tab to activate when closing the current tab.
Open declaration source in the same tab When you navigate to a method, class or a variable, the source file that contains their declaration will replace the current tab if there are no changes.
Last modified: 30 December 2020