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IDE tips and tricks

This page lists some of the more useful and/or less obvious features of the IDE.

Code editor

Font size

Hold down Ctrl while scrolling the mouse wheel to zoom in or out.

Scroll to zoom

Code completion

Code completion is automatic in QueryStorm, but you can also invoke it explicitly by pressing Ctrl+Space.

Code completion

Code formatting

Messy code can be auto-formatted by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Enter.

Code formatting

Go to matching bracket

Press Ctrl+] to navigate to the matching bracket. Hold down the Shift key to also select everything in between.

Go to matching bracket

Go to symbol definition

Move the caret on top of a symbol, and press F12 to navigate to the symbol definition. This can be in a different file.

Go to symbol

Rename symbol

Move the caret on top of a symbol and press F2 to rename it. This works across all files in the same project.

Rename symbol

Star expansion (SQL)

Move the caret on top of a star symbol in the select list and invoke code-completion (Ctrl+Space) to expand the star into the columns it refers to.

Star expansion

Column names are quoted if necessary.

Column disambiguation (SQL)

Move the caret on top of an ambiguous symbol and invoke code-completion (Ctrl+Space) to disambiguate it.

Column disambiguation

Column names are quoted if necessary.

Find in file

Press Ctrl+F to find a string inside the current file.

Find in file

Supports regular expressions.

Replace in file

Press Ctrl+H to replace occurences of string inside the current file.

Replace in file

Supports regular expressions and replacement patterns.

Move lines up or down

To move a line up or down, hold down the Alt key while pressing Up or Down arrow keys.

Move lines

Code snippets

Use code snippets to write code faster. Use the Tab key to navigate between snippet placeholders, press Enter to complete the snippet.


Snippets are language-specific, so depending on the current file, different snippets will be offered.

Configure shortcut keys

Shortcut keys can be configured in the plugin settings


Messages log

Message tooltips

Hover over an item to see a tooltip with its full contents. This is particularly helpful for errors since they tend to include multiple lines of text.

Hover log item

Double-click an error to navigate to its location in the source code.

Go to error line

This does not work for errors that do not have source line information.

Code explorer

Find files and folders

To look for files and folders, use the filter box in the code explorer. Multiple search terms can be entered, separated by spaces. In order for a node to satisfy the filter, all search terms need to match the node or at least one of its ancestors.

Find file

You can narrow down the search by entering one of the node's ancestors as a search term. If a folder satisfies the search criteria, all of its descendant nodes will also be visible.

Find files with text

To find a file that contains specific text put the text in quotes.

Find file

Text search can be combined with file/folder search, so you can, for example, look for files that contain the specified text but only inside a specific folder like so: theFolder "text to search for"

Rename file

To rename a file, select it and press F2. Press Enter to accept the new name or Esc to cancel.

Rename file

Files get their extension when they are created, subsequent changes to their extensions are not allowed.

Move files and folders

Use drag and drop to move files and folders.

Move files

Some files and folders will refuse to be moved (e.g. bin and lib)

Object explorer

The object explorer shows items visible to scripts. Some of those items represent workbook tables, columns and ranges, and the object explorer allows you to interact with them.

Go to workbook object

Go to a workbook object by holding Ctrl and clicking the node in the object explorer.

Go to workbook object

Rename workbook object

Press F2 to rename a workbook table, column, or named range.

Rename workbook object

Renaming database objects is currently not supported.

Drop to editor

Drag and drop a node into the editor to insert its name. Hold down Alt while dropping to insert all of the node's children's names instead.

Drop node in editor

Names are quoted if needed.

Results grid

Sorting results

Click a column header to sort based on the column. Hold down Ctrl and click a different column to include the column as a secondary (or tertiary, or...) sort criteria.

Sorting results

Go to address in Excel

If a row in the results grid contains an address, double-clicking the address, or the row header will select the row in Excel. Select multiple rows and press space to select multiple rows in Excel.

Select workbook address

IDE Layouts

The IDE supports three different preset positions:

  • Bottom
  • Right
  • Undocked

Each of the three layouts is independent of the others, so moving panes in one layout does not affect pane positions in the other two. Switching between layouts as well as resetting a layout is done using ribbon buttons.

IDE layouts