WebStorm 2020.1 Help

Write and edit source code

When you work with code, WebStorm ensures that your work is stress-free. It offers various shortcuts and features to help you add, select, copy, move, edit, fold, find occurrences, and save code.

For navigation inside the editor, refer to Editor basics.

Find action

  • If you do not remember a shortcut for the action you want to use, press Ctrl+Shift+A to find any action by name.

You can use the same dialog to find classes, files, or symbols. For more information, refer to Search for a target by name (Search everywhere).

Add a new file or a scratch file

  • In the editor, press Ctrl+Alt+Insert to add a file.

    If the focus is inside the Project tool window and you want to add a new element, press Alt+Insert.

  • To create a new Scratch file, press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Insert.

    WebStorm creates a temporary file that you can run and debug. For more information, refer to Scratch files.

Toggle read-only attribute of a file

If a file is read-only, it is marked with the closed lock icon the Locked icon in the status bar, in its editor tab, or in the Project tool window. If a file is writable, it is marked with the open lock icon the Unlocked icon in the Status bar.

  1. Open file in the editor or select it in the Project tool window.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • From the main menu, select File | Make File Read-only, or File | Make File Writable.

    • Click the lock icon in the status bar.

If a read-only status is set by a version control system, it's suggested that you use WebStorm version control integration features. For more information, see Version control.

Select code constructs

  • In the editor, place the caret at the item you want to select and press Ctrl+W/ Ctrl+Shift+W to extend or shrink your selection.

    In a JavaScript file, if you start by selecting an argument in a method call, it will extend to all arguments, then to the whole method, then to the expression containing this method, then to a larger block of expressions, and so on.

  • If you need just to highlight your braces, place the caret immediately after the block closing brace/bracket or before the block opening brace/bracket.

Select code according to capitalization

  1. In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to Editor | General | Smart Keys.

  2. Select the Use "CamelHumps" words checkbox.

If you want to use double-click when selecting according to capitalization, make sure that the Honor CamelHumps words... checkbox is selected on the Editor | General page of the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S.

Select occurrences

You can quickly locate all occurrences of the selected element in a file, make a multiple selection, or select the next or the previous occurrences.

  • To make a multiple selection of occurrences in a file, select the needed element in your code, then press Alt+J. Press the same key to find the next occurrence.

    Alternatively, keeping Shift+Alt pressed, double-click or drag over the text you want to add to the selection.

  • To move the caret to the next or the previous occurrence, press F3 or Shift+F3 respectively.

    When you pressF3, WebStorm automatically removes the selection of the current occurrence and selects the next one.

  • To select all occurrences in the file, press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+J.

  • To find the next or the previous occurrence of the selected identifier, press Alt+Wheel up or Alt+Wheel down.

Configure tabs and indents

  1. In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to Editor | Code Style.

  2. Select a language for which you want to configure the indentation.

  3. From the options on the right, on the Tabs and Indents, select the Use tab character for the editor to use tabs when you press Tab, indent, or reformat code. You can also configure the tab size if you need. If you don't select this option, WebStorm will use spaces.

Copy and paste code

You can use the standard shortcuts to copy Ctrl+C and paste Ctrl+V any selected code fragment. If nothing is selected, WebStorm automatically copies the whole line where the caret is located.

By default, when you paste anything in the editor, WebStorm performs "smart" paste, for example, pasting multiple lines in comments will automatically add the appropriate markers to the lines you are pasting. If you need to paste just plain text, press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+V.

  • Place the caret at a line or a symbol and press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+C/Ctrl+V.

  • WebStorm keeps track of everything you copy to the clipboard. To paste from history, press Ctrl+Shift+V. In the dialog that opens, select your entry and click Paste.

Lines of code

WebStorm offers several useful shortcuts for manipulating code lines.

  • To add a line after the current one, press Shift+Enter. WebStorm moves the caret to the next line.

  • To add a line before the current one, press Ctrl+Alt+Enter. WebStorm moves the caret to the previous line.

  • To duplicate a line, press Ctrl+D.

  • To sort lines alphabetically in the whole file or in a code selection, from the main menu, select Edit | Sort Lines or Edit | Reverse Lines. These actions might be helpful when you work with property files, data sets, text files, log files, and so on. If you need to assign shortcuts to those actions, refer to Configuring keyboard shortcuts for more information.

  • To delete a line, place the caret at the line you need and press Ctrl+Y.

  • To join lines, place the caret at the line to which you want to join the other lines and press Ctrl+Shift+J. Keep pressing the keys until all the needed elements are joined.

    You can also join string literals, a field or variable declaration, and a statement. Note that WebStorm checks the code style settings and eliminates unwanted spaces and redundant characters.

  • To split string literals into two parts, press Enter.

    WebStorm splits the string and provides the correct syntax. You can also use the Break string on '\n' intention to split string literals. Press Alt+Enter or click the Intention action button to select this intention.

    WebStorm also offers a set of handy intention actions for manipulating string literals, such as replacing a string with a template string or replacing a nested call with a pipe expression. To view the available actions, position the caret inside the string literal and press Alt+Enter or click the Intention action button.

  • To comment a line of code, place the caret at the appropriate line and press Ctrl+/.

  • To move a line up or down, press Shift+Alt+Up or Shift+Alt+Down respectively.

  • To move (swap) an XML or HTML tag attribute to the left or to the right, place the caret at it, or select it and press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Left for left or Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Right for right.

Code statements

Move statements

  • In the editor, place the caret at the needed statement and press Ctrl+Shift+Up to move a statement up or Ctrl+Shift+Down to move a statement down. WebStorm moves the selected statement performing a syntax check.

Complete current statement

  • Select the relevant suggestion for completion and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter. WebStorm completes the statement, automatically adds a semicolon at the end of it, and moves the caret at the position where you can start typing a new statement.

Unwrap or remove statement

  1. Place the caret at the expression you want to remove or unwrap.

  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete.

    WebStorm shows a popup with all actions available in the current context. To make it easier to distinguish between statements to be extracted and statements to be removed, WebStorm uses different background colors.

  3. Select an action and press Enter.

Code fragments

  • Move and copy code fragments by dragging them in the editor.

    • To move a code fragment, select it and drag the selection to the target location.

    • To copy a code selection, keeping Ctrl pressed, drag it to the target location.

    The drag functionality is enabled by default. To disable it, in the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to Editor | General and clear the Enable Drag'n'Drop functionality in editor checkbox in the Mouse section.

  • To toggle between the upper and lower case for the selected code fragment, press Ctrl+Shift+U.

    Note that when you apply the toggle case action to the CamelCase name format, WebStorm converts the name to the lower case.

  • To comment or uncomment a code fragment, select it and press Ctrl+Shift+/.

    To configure the settings for commenting behavior in JavaScript, in the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to Editor | Code Style | JavaScript and use the options in the Comment Code section.

Multiple carets

You can edit multiple lines simultaneously. For example, you can add comment markers to multiple lines, or remove some characters in several occurrences of a word.

  • To add or remove multiple carets, press and hold Alt and click at the next location of the caret.

    Alternatively, to add multiple carets, you can press Ctrl twice, and then without releasing it, press the Up or Down arrow keys. You can also make a multiple selection by pressing Ctrl and dragging the caret.

  • To delete all added carets, press Escape.

  • You can make a multiple selection of code in columns. To enable or disable the column selection mode, press Shift+Alt+Insert or use the context menu of the editor.

    This mode is helpful when you want to edit several lines of code simultaneously. Place the caret at a symbol you need and either drag it up or down, or select a block of code and press the specified shortcut to achieve the same result.

    You can change the behavior of the caret move when you press Ctrl+Arrows (on Windows and Linux) and ⌥+Arrows (on macOS). The default behavor is to move the caret to the end of the current word. To change this setting, open settings Ctrl+Alt+S and navigate to Editor | General. In the Caret Movement section, select an appropriate behavior from the list.


Parameter hints

Parameter hints show the names of parameters in methods and functions to make your code easier to read. By default, parameter hints are enabled and shown only for values that are literals or function expressions but not for named objects.

Configure parameter hints

  1. Open the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S and go to Editor | Inlay Hints | <required language>.

  2. Select Parameter hints from the list, make sure the Show parameter hints checkbox is selected, and then specify the context where you want parameter hints shown.

  3. For some methods and functions, WebStorm does not show parameter hints in any context. Click Black list... to view these methods and functions, possibly enable parameter hints for them, or add new items to the list.

Code folding

Folded code fragments are shown as shaded ellipses (Folded fragment). If a folded code fragment contains errors, WebStorm highlights the fragment in red.

To configure the default code folding behavior, in the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to Editor | General | Code Folding.

Expand or collapse code elements

  • To fold or unfold a code fragment, press Ctrl+NumPad -/Ctrl+NumPad Plus. WebStorm folds or unfolds the current code fragment, for example, a single method.

  • To collapse or expand all code fragments, press Ctrl+Shift+NumPad -/Ctrl+Shift+NumPad Plus.

    WebStorm collapses or expands all fragments within the selection, or, if nothing is selected, all fragments in the current file, for example, all methods in a file.

  • To collapse or expand code recursively, press Ctrl+Alt+NumPad -/Ctrl+Alt+NumPad Plus. WebStorm collapses or expands the current fragment and all its subordinate regions within that fragment.

  • To fold blocks of code, press Ctrl+Shift+.. This action collapses the code fragment between the matched pair of curly braces {} and creates a custom folding region for that fragment and makes it "foldable".

  • To collapse or expand doc comments in the current file, in the main menu select Code | Folding | Expand doc comments/Collapse doc comments.

  • To collapse or expand a custom code selection, press Ctrl+..

    You can fold or unfold any manually selected regions in code.

Fold or unfold nested fragments

  • To expand the current fragment and all the nested fragments, press Ctrl+NumPad *, 1. You can expand the current fragment up to the specified nesting level (from 1 to 5).

  • To expand all the collapsed fragments in the file, press Ctrl+Shift+NumPad *, 1. You can expand the collapsed fragments up to the specified nesting level (from 1 to 5).

Use the Surround With action

You can collapse or expand code using the Surround With action.

  1. In the editor, select a code fragment and press Ctrl+Alt+T.

  2. In the popup menu, select <editor-fold...> Comments or region...endregion Comments.

  3. If you need, name your custom region and collapse or expand the created region as usual Ctrl+NumPad -/Ctrl+NumPad Plus.

  4. Press Ctrl+Alt+. to navigate to the created custom region.

Disable code folding outline

You can disable the code folding outline that appears on the left gutter.

  1. In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to Editor | General | Code Folding.

  2. Clear the Show code folding outline checkbox.


WebStorm automatically saves changes that you make in your files. Saving is triggered by various events, such as compiling, running, debugging, performing version control operations, closing a file or a project, or quitting the IDE. Most of the actual events are predefined and cannot be configured, but you can be sure that changes will not be lost as you work.

Configure autosave behavior

  1. In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to Appearance and Behavior | System Settings.

  2. Under Synchronization, configure the following options:

    • Save files on frame deactivation (when you switch to a different application)

    • Save files automatically if application is idle for N seconds

Mark files with unsaved changes

  1. In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to Editor | General | Editor Tabs.

  2. Select the Mark modified tabs with asterisk checkbox.

Revert changes

Last modified: 8 April 2020