WebStorm 2020.1 Help

Configuring the IDE

Settings are preferences related to resources, file colors, version control options, code styles, and so on.

WebStorm allows you to configure the settings for specific projects or globally.

Types of settings

Global settings apply to all projects of a specific installation, or version, of WebStorm. Such settings include IDE appearance (themes, color schemes, menus and toolbars), notification settings, the set of the installed and enabled plugins, debugger settings, code completion, and so on.

To configure your IDE, select File | Settings for Windows and Linux or IntelliJ IDEA | Preferences for macOS. Alternatively, press Ctrl+Alt+S or click the Settings/Preferences button on the toolbar.

Settings that are NOT marked with the For current project icon in the Settings/Preferences dialog are global and apply to all existing projects of the current WebStorm version.

Global settings marked in the Settings/Preferences dialog

Restore IDE settings

When you restore the default IDE settings, WebStorm backs up your configuration to a directory. You can always restore your settings from this backup.

Back up your settings and restore the defaults

  1. From the main menu, select File | Manage IDE Settings | Restore Default Settings.

    Alternatively, press Shift twice and type Restore default settings.

    Restore IDE defaults
  2. In the confirmation popup that opens, click Restore and Restart. The IDE will be restarted with the default configuration.

    A popup prompting to confirm that you want to restore the default settings

When WebStorm restores the default IDE settings, it creates a backup directory with your configuration in:

Syntax
%APPDATA%\JetBrains\<product><version>-backup
Example
C:\Users\JohnS\AppData\Roaming\JetBrains\WebStorm2020.1-backup
Syntax
~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/<product><version>-backup
Example
~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/WebStorm2020.1-backup
Syntax
~/.config/JetBrains/<product><version>-backup
Example
~/.config/JetBrains/WebStorm2020.1-backup

Apply the IDE settings from a backup

  1. From the main menu, select File | Manage IDE Settings | Import Settings.

  2. In the dialog that opens, specify the path to the backup directory and click Open.

    WebStorm shows a confirmation popup. Note, that after you apply the settings from the backup, these settings will be overwritten with your current IDE configuration.

    Apart from the backup configuration directory, you can select the configuration directory from another WebStorm version or a .zip file with the previously exported settings.

  3. Click Restart to apply the settings from the backup and restart the IDE.

Last modified: 29 May 2020