How to prevent Find from coming up in a floating window in WebStorm 2017

Starting in the latest WebStorm, when I do a Find operation, it shows up in a floating window (see below).

I want it to be docked by default, like it was before this upgrade. How do I do that?

 

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Hi there,

What do you mean by "docked by default"?

Are you talking about search results? If so --  the preview was available before as well -- but it was separate tab -- now it's part of the actual window. Just click on "Open in Find Window" to see results in separate tool window.

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By 'docked by default' I mean that, yesterday, my results would not be in a floating window, but with the update, they are now. Clicking on "Open in Find Window" is annoying for me, since I don't want to have to use my mouse every time I do a search. 

One of the main problems I have with this new floating search is that after I've selected and navigated to a result, the search results go away

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You can switch to the old dialog by deselecting ide.find.as.popup in Registry: Help | Find action, type Registry to locate it, find the option there and deselect the checkbox

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Thank you for the solution to this. 

My issue isn't with the new UI, which is nice; it's having to press Ctrl+Enter now to show the search results in a find tab. Since using Webstorm (with Visual Studio keybindings) for the past 3 years, it's been

Ctrl+Shift+F --> Type Search --> Press Enter --> Results in the results tab.

I've become so accustomed to typing that combination so quickly (both in Webstorm and Visual Studio Code), that I'm always forgetting the Ctrl+Enter at the end now. I'm thus now always having to type my search in a couple of times; once where I just press Enter and something useless happens, and then again with Ctrl+Enter where I get the required functionality.

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All I can say is +1, yes I also want to have an option where my "Find in path ... " always shows up in a Find Window instead of always needing to select the "Open in Find Window" button.  I see that I can type Ctrl-Enter but why do I need to do that every time. 

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I love the floating window - I just don't want it to disappear when I go to one of the search results by double clicking.

Surely a 'stay visible until I close' option would be simple enough.

It's really poor compared to most of the way the IDE is thought out and works.

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