WebStorm 2020.1 Help

Search for a target by name (Search everywhere)

You can find any item in the project or outside of it by its name. You can search for files, actions, classes, symbols, settings, and UI elements from a single entry point.

Learn about text search from Finding and replacing text in project or Finding and replacing text in a file.

Search everywhere

  1. From the main menu, select Navigate | Search Everywhere or press Shift twice to open the search window. By default, WebStorm displays the list of recent files.

  2. Start typing your query. WebStorm lists the results dividing them into sections where your query is found. Press Ctrl+Up or Ctrl+Down to jump between sections.

    Click the Pin icon to list the search results in the Find tool window.

  3. Press Tab to switch the scope of your search to classes, files, symbols, or actions.

    When the Files scope is selected, WebStorm shows only matching project files. To show matching libraries and files from other projects, select the Include non-project items checkbox or again press Shift twice.

Search for commands

You can search for commands that control the settings related to appearance and behavior of WebStorm. For commands, you can turn the corresponding settings on and off straight from the search window. for actions WebStorm gives you quick access to the Settings / Preferences dialog.

  1. Press Shift twice to open the search window and type /. WebStorm lists the available groups of settings.

  2. Select the relevant group of settings and press Enter. WebStorm shows the available commands related to the selected group.

  3. To toggle the status of a setting, select it in the list and press Enter.

Search for actions

WebStorm lets you search for actions and run some of them straight from the search window. For those that control WebStorm settings, the corresponding page in the Settings / Preferences dialog opens.

  1. Press Shift twice to open the search window and start typing the name of the action to find.

  2. From the list, select the required action and press Enter. WebStorm either runs the selected action or opens the page with the corresponding settings.

Search for abbreviations

With WebStorm, you can assign an alias to an action and then use this alias to find and quickly access the action. The example below shows how you can find and invoke the Close Active Editor action by a previously assigned abbreviation.

  1. In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to Keymap. In the right-hand pane, select Other | Close Active Editor, and then select Add abbreviation from the context menu. In the dialog that opens, specify the abbreviation you are going to use, for example, cae and click OK.

  2. Press Shift twice to open the search window, select the All scope, and type cae in the search field. WebStorm shows the Close Active Editor item to which you've assigned this abbreviation. Press Enter to close the current editor tab.

Last modified: 8 April 2020