PhpStorm is great, money well spent, however one minor issue has been bugging me. It seems the IDE "grabs" the Alt key too easily. What I mean is that if I use the Alt key in any combination in the editor, or even when I Alt-Tab to it, the Menu Bar often gets focus, as it would if the Alt key was pressed and released alone.
For example, if I hit Alt+1, the Project window should open and become focused. I expect to be able to use the arrow keys to navigate the files, hit Enter to open something, etc. However, very often after hitting Alt+1, focus goes to the Menu Bar (the "File" menu is outlined). I have to hit ESC to revert control to wherever I was.
All-in-all this sounds minor, but I end up hitting ESC hundreds of times per day, and it interrupts my flow, as I often hit an Alt key combo and start to do something only to realize the Tool Bar is focused (i.e. "Why can't I type?!?"). This is very evident when I Alt-Tab to my web browser to do something, then Alt-Tab back to the IDE....I expect the focus to be where I was, usually somewhere in a file, but it's often at the Tool Bar.
I fully expect this to be just a quirk (maybe with Java Swing?) I'll learn to live with, but since it makes me slightly mental, thought I'd at least ask here and see if anyone else notices this or if there's a solution.
p.s. just so I don't sound completely crazy, this definitely is something I've only noticed with PhpStorm. I'm comparing this to Alt key usage in other programs and it just doesn't happen like it does with PhpStorm.