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A Quick Look at Smart Keys in RubyMine

RubyMine has a number of Smart Keys – configurable options that help you avoid extra typing, and navigate through the code faster. Most of the smart keys, like auto-inserting closing brackets and quotes are on by default. However, there are other options you may want to enable.

For instance, you may want to stop at parts of `CamelCase` and `snake_case` words when you navigate through the words in your code with ⌥+Arrows / Ctrl+Arrows. To quickly enable this option, invoke Find Action (⌘⇧A / Ctrl+Shift+A) and start typing “use camelhump words”. The IDE will match your query to the related setting and will allow you to toggle it without accessing the preferences:

RubyMine 2018.3.1 also adds one more setting to the Smart Keys: it now allows you to choose whether to continue comments on Enter, which is on by default. Again, use the Find Action to quickly toggle it:

To discover all the other general Smart Keys, as well as the ones for Ruby, JavaScript, SQL, and other languages, go to Preferences / Settings | Editor | General | Smart Keys:

Simple as that!

If you need even more details on the Smart Keys, take a look at this Help doc.

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2 Responses to A Quick Look at Smart Keys in RubyMine

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    my name says:

    December 13, 2018

    These posts are so great. Would be even better if between releases you could create some posts like these reviewing older existing functionality. I know there’s a lot I’m still not aware of or taking proper advantage of.

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      Artem Sarkisov says:

      December 27, 2018

      Thank you very much!

      I’m really looking forward to do what you are asking for. I’ve also banded all the tutorial-like posts under the tag `learn`: https://blog.jetbrains.com/ruby/tag/learn/. Not so many of them so far, but you can check if you missed any of them. Thanks again!

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