Solved: Terminal will not return to docked mode

I've seen several posts on this issue, but none of the solutions presented are working.  This issue has been plaguing me for a while now.  At this time I'm using webstorm v2018.3.  When I recently started a new project the terminal is docked, but for my primary project it will not dock with the following solutions.


1) With the terminal in windowed mode, if I deselect windowed mode from the termainal it goes to floating mode.

2) In the menu Window > Active Tool Window the option to go to docked mode is greyed out.  If I deselect windowed mode from this menu it goes to floating mode, and docked mode is still greyed out.  


If anyone has a solution, I'm all ears, this is extremely frustrating.


Elena, your "not the best solution" ended up pointing me in the right direction.  I went into the workspace.xml for the newer project where this isn't an issue and copied the line below.  I replaced the terminal line in the problematic project with this line and it seems to be working now.  I wish the solution was more straight forward than that, but at the end of the day I'm just happy to have my terminal docked again.  Thanks!


<window_info id="Terminal" active="true" weight="0.2487725" visible="true" order="10" anchor="bottom"/>


Looks similar to

Deleting project .idea/workspace.xml should help to restore the default layout, but it's not the best solution of course...


Hi everyone! Today I bumped with the same problem. After reading your comments I modified the method:

1. Close the project

2. open file .idea/workspace.xml (located in project folder) and found the line where id="Terminal" is located

3. on this line delete type="FLOATING"

4. Reopen the project

Really annoying issue, hope Jetbrains team will fix it.


Yes seems similar to that issue, doesn't seem to provide any new solutions though.  Tried Shift+F12 as well.  That seems to minimize the terminal, but doesn't dock it back into the IDE window.


Have almost the same problem. Once i actived the window mode on a project for the terminal i cannot use it anymore. Terminal crashes or disapears.

Unfortunatly there is Terminal entry in my workspace.xml that could be changed:/


The settings layout has changed recently, some information that used to be stored in `.idea/workspace.xml`, like the windows size and positions, etc. is now stored globally in IDE configuration directory

Please open <IDE config dir>/workspace folder, locate the .xml file that corresponds to your project and search it for "Terminal" entries there


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