Width of JavaScript Code Completion Box in NetBeans IDE

One thing I don't like about doing JavaScript in NetBeans IDE is the very wide code completion box, see below. Doesn't even fit in this blog, it's so wide, nor in the browser when you enlarge it below, without scrolling.

In NetBeans IDE 8, there's a new option to configure the width of the code completion box for JavaScript. You can see it below, "Code Completion Item Signature Char Width", which is set to 40 by default, but I prefer 10:

And now the code completion box is much friendlier:

And check out the cool Phaser code completion:

Note: This code completion configuration option is not in NetBeans IDE 8 Beta. It was added after that was released. You'll need a nightly build or wait for the final NetBeans IDE 8 release.


It would be nice if this option were available for Java too.

Posted by guest on January 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM PST #

It would be even nicer if the completion pop-ups were resizable (with sizes that are persisted) like in Eclipse ...

Posted by antk on January 20, 2014 at 06:00 AM PST #

Agree with antk. There's no need to have single digit precision for the popup width in some hidden preference. Being able to visibly adjust it to a comfortable size is much more logical.

Posted by guest on January 21, 2014 at 08:09 AM PST #

@antk: Vote here https://netbeans.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=67568

Posted by markiewb on March 05, 2014 at 11:32 AM PST #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

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