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I just hate seeing developers click manually into their directory tree to search for things. Most projects are too big to be opening files like this. Really, you want to have your hands off your mouse as often as possible.
Time to introduce you to some new best friend shortcuts for navigating! In fact, PHPStorm thinks they're so important that they even have some of these listed front and center when you don't have any files open.
Click the navigate menu at the top. The first option in the list is "Navigate to Class". Its
command+O. Knowing that I want to get into the
MovieType class, I'll hit
command+O, start typing the name and boom, I've got that open with just my keyboard.
Need to open a file, like config.yml? Well you're in luck, just use
start typing the file name in the search box and there it is. We could even look up this
bootstrap_3_layout thing here. Use
command+shift+O again, type the file name, and we
can see where it is in the project.
Great! In this case we can see how deep that structure is for this particular file, it's way down in Symfony. If I saw you navigating here manually, I'd be tempted send Samuel L Jackson to your office to tip over your chair. He'd arrive before you navigated there.
And what's really cool - other than not being tipped over by Sam - is that we can use the navigation tree on top to actually click and look around inside of these deep directories.If we really wanted to, we could move the tree on the left all the way to that specific spot by double clicking that directory name at the top. And now we're there and can look around and see what other interesting stuff is hiding here.
The next shortcut on the list up there is "Symbol", which is
command+alt+O. Symbol is
referring basically to function names. So here we can look for something like the
method from inside of my
MovieType. And now it's showing me all of the instances in the
buildForm is used. I'll pick the top one and it takes me straight there.
Inside of my controller I call
createForm. So back to
and there is the one inside of the base
Controller class we extend. This is the function
I am calling when I say
$this->createForm() from inside
In this case, if I wanted to know exactly where this
createForm() function lives,
I would just hold command and click into it -- so don't forget about that shortcut as well.
We can do the same thing here for
handleRequest if we needed to know where that is.
Clicking that will take us right into this core Symfony spot and again we can look around
inside of here and double click the tree to move us here.
Most of the time, you might be interested in the shortcut
command+E: this will pop up
a list of your recent files. Just start typing the name of the file you're looking for
until it appears in the results.
Once you have some tabs open, you'll see me do this a lot: my cursor will stay in place
while I hold
command+shift+] to move around the open files. I use
this constantly to jump around from one file to the next.
Okay, the last shortcut I'm going to show you for finding things in your project is easy
shift+shift. Hitting shift twice will open up a feature called 'search everywhere'.
This is a bunch of searches put together, where you can start typing
MovieController and find that,
buildForm and it will find that for you. Or you can even find CSS tags. In one of the core
Symfony files, there's a CSS snippet called
.block-exception. And there it is in our list of
results. And clicking on it takes you straight to that file deep inside of Symfony.
There are a lot of ways to move around your project, but the biggest ones to remember are
command+shift+O. Or put them together, with
Ya! We're working way faster.