Besides standard settings that you frequently use, WebStorm offers various advanced options that you can use to fine-tune the behavior of the specific product functionality.
Since the advanced settings consist of different sections, you can use the search field to quickly navigate to the section of interest or the needed option. You can also search for registry keys since some of advanced options have associated registry keys.
Maximum number of recent expressions
Basic syntax highlighting of inline code
Basic syntax highlighting of multiline code blocks
Syntax highlighting of links on code elements
Use this section to configure additional options for working in the editor.
Don't copy/cut the current line when invoking the Copy or Cut action with no selection
This option lets you override the default behavior of copying Ctrl+C or cutting Ctrl+X the whole current line when nothing is selected in the editor.
Render special characters, such as control codes, using their Unicode name abbreviations
When this option is selected, you can use the Unicode name abbreviations for special characters, such as control codes.
Tab character rendering
You can select one of the following options:
Left margin in distraction free mode
This option lets you adjust the left editor margin in the distraction-free and zen viewing modes.
By default, the editor text in these viewing modes is centered vertically and the text column width corresponds to the Hard wrap at option on the Editor | Code Style page of the IDE settings Ctrl+Alt+S. This means that if your code will be centered when formatted properly, but if there are long unwrapped lines, the text might go beyond the viewport while there is a large margin on the left. In such cases, you may want to decrease the left margin using this option.
Force soft wrap in documents with lines longer than
The default number is
Move caret down after Comment with Line Comment action
This option lets you configure whether to move the caret to the next line if you comment a line with a line commentCtrl+/. Note that if there is a selection in the editor, the caret will not move regardless of this option.
When navigating to a file, prefer selecting existing tab in inactive split pane
When you navigate to a file that is already opened in the inactive split, use this option to activate the existing file in that split pane instead of opening a new copy of the file in the active split.
Open declaration source in the same tab
When you navigate to a method, class or variable, the source file that contains their declaration will replace the current tab if there are no changes.
Open declaration source called from a detached window in the main IDE window
When you navigate to a method, class, or variable from a detached window, WebStorm will open the source file containing the declaration in the main editor.
Perform 'Hide All Tool Windows' / 'Restore Windows' with double-click on editor tab
When this option is enabled, you can double-click editor tabs to hide and restore all tool windows. Alternatively, you can do that by pressing Ctrl+Shift+F12 or by choosing from the main menu.
Perform 'Maximize Editor' / 'Normalize Splits' with double-click on editor tab
When this option is enabled, you can double-click tabs in split editor tab groups to change relative size of the tab group: the first double-click will extend the tab and its group to the maximum and shrink all other groups to the minimum width/height; the second double-click will allocate the same width and height for each tab group.
Alternatively, you can choose Find Action popup Ctrl+Shift+A.from the main menu or pick these actions from the
This option can work together with Perform 'Hide All Tool Windows' / 'Restore Windows' with double-click on editor tab, but be prepared to have multiple changes in the IDE layout every time you double-click a fie tab.
Find / Replace
Use this section to configure extra options when working with Search for a target within a project.
Maximum number of results to show in Find in Files/Show Usages preview
The default maximum number of results is
Use this section to configure extra options on storing different entities of your project.
Maximum number of recent projects
Use this option to change the default number of stored recent projects, which is
Maximum number of recent files
Use this option to change the default number of stored recent files, which is
Maximum number of recent locations
Use this option to change the default number of stored recent locations, which is
Temporary Run/Debug configurations limit
Use this option to change the default number of stored temporary run/debug configurations, which is
Duration of storing changes in Local History
Use this option to specify the number of days for which you want to keep changes in the local history.
Use this section to configure additional options for working in Project tool window.
Move focus to editor when Enter is pressed
When this option is selected, you can press Enter while in the Project view to switch focus to the editor.
When collapsing a node, also collapse all expanded nodes under it
When this option is selected, WebStorm collapses subnodes as well as the parent node.
Increase font size in Project view
Select this option if you want to change the size of font in the Project view. You need to restart WebStorm.
Open README.md file if there are no open files on project startup
If you select this option, WebStorm will open a README.md file if there aren't any opened files when you start your project.
Terminal scrollback buffer size
Use this option to increase the buffer size in the terminal.
Move focus to the editor with Escape
When this option is selected, you can use Escape to switch focus from the terminal to the editor.
Show file type icon in IDE frame header
On macOS, the icon can be used to drag a file to a different application.
Cyclic scrolling in lists and trees
Select the last element when pressing Up on the first element, and vice versa.
Position mouse cursor on default button in dialogs
When this option is selected, the mouse cursor is placed on the default button (usually it is OK) in a dialog.
Disable double modifier key shortcuts
You can disable shortcuts where a double key is used. For example, Shift or Ctrl.
Open Diff as Editor Tab
When this option is selected, the difference viewer is displayed as the editor tab.
Load file annotations from VCS when file is opened in editor
When this option is selected, WebStorm loads annotations when you open a file in the editor.
Highlight ignored files
When this option is selected, WebStorm shows the list of ignored files from VCS and displays their status in the editor.
Enable Commit tool window
When you select this option, WebStorm displays the Local Changes and Shelf tabs in a separate tool window.
Toggle commit controls
When this option is selected, WebStorm hides the commit panel and checkboxes after the commit is performed and lets you toggle them in the Commit Changes dialog.
Select all repositories with new commits for push
When this option is selected, WebStorm selects all commits that will be pushed by default.
Version Control. Git
Recursively clone submodules in the project
When this option is selected, during the checkout from Git,
Apply content transformation when reading from Git
When this option is selected, WebStorm will use the
Use Safe Force Push
When this option is selected, WebStorm uses
Check for incoming and outgoing commits
When this option is selected, WebStorm updates the information on the branches that have incoming or outgoing commits in the Branches popup.
Use Windows certificate store
When this option is selected, it forces Git to use Windows certificate store to verify SSL connections. This works for Git 2.14 and later versions.