WebStorm 2023.1 Help

Intention actions

As you work in the editor, WebStorm analyzes your code, searches for ways to optimize it, and detects potential and actual problems.

As soon as the IDE finds a way to improve your code, it displays a yellow bulb icon yellow bulb icon in the editor next to the current line. By clicking this icon, you can view intention actions available in the current context. Intention actions cover a wide range of situations from warnings to optimization suggestions.

A yellow bulb icon yellow bulb icon also indicates that WebStorm has detected a problem and prompts you with a quick-fix for it. For severe problems, WebStorm displays a red bulb with an exclamation mark red bulb icon instead of a light yellow one yellow bulb icon. WebStorm suggests the first available quick-fix in an inspection tooltip, which appears every time you hover over a warning or an error.

See Configuring Inspection Severities and Code inspections for details.

You can open a full list of intention actions in the Settings, view their descriptions, and disable or enable them as described in View all intention actions below.

Apply intention actions

  1. Click the bulb icon or press Alt+Enter to open the list of suggestions and select an action from the list.

    Intention preview opens automatically. If an intention is complex, and the preview cannot be generated, you will see the intention description. Hover the mouse pointer over available intentions on the suggestion list to preview them.

  2. Press Enter or click an intention on the list to apply it. For example, you can use an intention action to flip an if...else statement:

    Intention action preview

You can toggle the preview off and on by pressing Ctrl+Q or by enabling Show preview for intention actions when available in Settings (Ctrl+Alt+S) Editor | General | Appearance.

Apply quick-fixes

  1. Hover over an error or a warning in the code. WebStorm displays an inspection tooltip and shows the first available fix right next to the description of the problem.

  2. To apply the suggested fix, press Alt+Shift+Enter.

  3. To see the usual popup with all the available quick fixes and intention actions, press Alt+Enter.

    Applying quick fixes from an inspection tooltip

Assign a shortcut to an intention

If you want to apply intention actions quicker, you can assign shortcuts to them. Currently, you cannot assign shortcuts to intentions that belong to code inspections.

  1. In the editor, place the caret at the code that triggers the intention action for which you want to assign a shortcut, and click the bulb icon or press Alt+Enter.

    A list of available suggestions opens.

  2. In the list, click App actions arrow expand next to the necessary intention and from the menu that opens, select Assign shortcut….

    Assigning keyboard shortcut to intention action
  3. In the dialog that opens, specify the shortcut that you want to use for this action and click OK.

After that you won't need to open the list of suggestions to apply this intention action in the editor; you will be able to do it right away by pressing the configured shortcut.

View all intention actions

You can view the full list of available intention actions, and disable actions that you don't need at the moment. To open the list of intention actions:

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open the IDE settings and select Editor | Intentions.

  2. For each intention action, you can see a description and an example. To disable an intention, clear the checkbox next to it.

    View all intentions on the Intentions page (Settings)
  3. Apply the changes and close the dialog.

Disable intention actions on the fly

  1. Click the light bulb icon (or press Alt+Enter) to open the list of suggestions.

  2. Select the action you want to disable, click the right arrow next to it, and then click Disable <intention action name>.

    Disable an intention action on the fly from the context menu

Disable the intention action bulb icon

You can disable the intention action icon Intention action icon and the quick-fix icon the quick-fix icon in the editor.

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open the IDE settings and select Editor | General | Appearance.

  2. Disable the Show intention bulb option, apply the changes, and close the dialog.

Last modified: 16 January 2023