Sunday, June 29, 2014

HOW-TO: Surround text with quote in IntelliJ

A quick tip on how to surround a selection with quote or brace in IntelliJ.

If you wish to be able to easily surround a selected text with quote or brace you have 2 options I know about. You can create a Live Template in surround group and then call it with either Ctrl+Alt+t or Ctrl+Alt+j or you can configure Smart Keys properly to achieve it.

You can find this option in IDE Settings > Editor > Smart Keys > Surround selection on typing quote or brace. When this option is selected and you type quote (single or double) or brace (curly, square, parentheses , angle) whilst the text is selected, it will be automatically surrounded with either quote or brace. Pretty handy.



  1. Thanks ! That was the thing i was looking for ! ;)

  2. Is it possible to add to the list of characters that trigger this behavior? Now, typing e.g. '*' with some text selected simply overwrites it even with this option checked...


  3. This was mostly helpful, but slightly different on a Mac.

    FWIW with IntelliJ IDEA 2016 on Mac OSX, you configure Smart Keys thusly:

    Menu bar:
    IntelliJ IDEA
    › Preferences...
    › Editor
    › General
    › Smart Keys:
    Check: "Surround selection on typing quote or brace".

  4. very nice!! thanks Gerald for the mac option

  5. very nice!! thanks Gerald for the mac option