improving Help with breadcrumbs

IntelliJ has a rabbit warren of menus.  It can take quite a while to
find the spot where you get to specify something.

For example I wanted to insert -Xdiags:verbose. Where to specify it?

I try help and it tells me "the compiler options pane".  I could have
guessed that, but WHERE is the compile options pane?

It would be nice at the top of such help pages if it showed you the
breadcrumbs, the series of menus you take to get there.

Once you find them they are obvious. Unfortunately, until you do, the
menus are inscrutable.
--
Roedy Green Canadian Mind Products http://mindprod.com
"Don't worry about people stealing an idea; if it's original, you'll
have to shove it down their throats."
~ Howard Aiken (born: 1900-03-08 died: 1973-03-14 at age: 73)

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Just for case it helps: Find Action supports settings names. Ctrl+Shift+A, type "additional parameters" and select the topic.

I just see that in current builds it works not optimally: it filters settings dialog instead of jumping directly to the required page. Will create an issue.

Regards,
Alexander.

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On Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:00:07 MSK, Alexander Chernikov
<no_reply@jetbrains.com> wrote, quoted or indirectly quoted someone
who said :

>Just for case it helps: Find Action supports settings names. CtrlShiftA, type "additional parameters" and select the topic.
>
>I just see that in current builds it works not optimally: it filters settings dialog instead of jumping directly to the required page. Will create an issue.

I  tried this. It took me to the field I had tried before without
success."additional build process VM options".

I tried
-Xdiags:verbose
and
-Xlint

It says the options were not recognised.

If I type "compiler options" into HELP, it takes me to a "compiler
option tab, which seems to describe something quite different.
--
Roedy Green Canadian Mind Products http://mindprod.com
"Don't worry about people stealing an idea; if it's original, you'll
have to shove it down their throats."
~ Howard Aiken (born: 1900-03-08 died: 1973-03-14 at age: 73)

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