When working on an application, you may want to mark some parts of your code for future reference: areas to optimize and improve, possible changes, questions to be discussed, and so on. In WebStorm, you can add special types of comments that are highlighted in the editor and listed in the TODO Tool Window.
Using default patterns
By default, WebStorm recognizes two patterns — the words
FIXME both in the lower and in the upper case. These patterns can be used inside comments of any supported file type.
To create a TODO comment
Place the caret where you want to create a TODO item and add a comment, for example, by pressing Ctrl+/, then type
FIXME, and then type your note.
View the list of TODO items in the TODO tool window (Alt+6). The tool window consists of four tabs where WebStorm shows TODO items for the whole project, for the file in the active editor tab, for the selected scope, or for the active changelist.
By default, when you select an item you automatically jump to the corresponding comment in the source code. To disable this automatic navigation, right-click the tool window title bar, click View Options, and then remove the tick next to Autoscroll to Source.
With Autoscroll to Source disabled, double-click the required TODO item to jump to the corresponding comment in the source code.
TODO and add extra indents on the next lines to continue the TODO comment. If you remove the indentation, WebStorm will treat it as a normal comment.
To suppress multiline TODO comments
On the TODO page that opens, clear the Treat the indented text on the following lines as part of the same TODO checkbox.
Using custom patterns
You can modify the default patterns or add your own patterns and filter the list to show only TODO items that match certain patterns. For example, you may want to mark code fragments that require optimization with the
OPTIMIZE pattern and ignore all other types of TODO items.
Create a custom patter
In the Settings/Preferences dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), click TODO under Editor. The TODO page opens.
To add a pattern for the
OPTIMIZEitems, click in the Patterns area and type the following pattern:
To add a filter with the new pattern, click in the Filters area, specify a name for the new filter, and select the new pattern to be included in this filter.
To apply a custom filter
In the TODO tool window, click and select the necessary filter.