Other Tweaks

Other Material Theme plugin tweaks

These features are additional extras to the plugin, not related to the themes or Material Design but simply nice addons to the IDE experience.


Language additions

This feature is only available for premium users.

This feature adds new highlighting capabilities to popular languages, making possible to highlight specific keywords or function names separately from the language color scheme.

Language Additions
Language Additions

Refer to the Language Additions page for more details.


Colored open directories

This feature is only available for premium users.

When this feature is on, the directories that have files open in the editor will be colored with the accent color.

Open Colored Directories
Open Colored Directories

Show What’s New page on each update

This feature is available for all users.

This setting allows you to toggle whether the What’s New page would show up on each update.


Automatically reset color schemes

This feature is available for all users.

One of the main complaints of the plugin is that it constantly asks the user to reset their color schemes, but in actuality most users have no idea how to nor do want to do so. Even though a lot of documentation is available regarding the subject, since the plugin relies a lot on the color schemes, relying on user interaction means that there is a high chance they’re going to miss new updates.

Therefore, from version 6.12.0 users can now decide to let the plugin automatically reset the color scheme during theme activation, that’s during startup and whenever the theme is changed.

Auto Reset Color Scheme
Auto Reset Color Scheme

This setting only affects the bundled themes, excluding the Custom themes.

Note: this feature is opt-in, meaning it’s disabled by default, to prevent accidental erasure of user custom modifications. Make sure to back up your custom changes before enabling the feature!


Status Bar Widgets

This isn’t a setting, but rather a set of toggleable widgets for the Status Bar. You can find them by right-clicking the status bar and enabling the widgets you’d like.

Material theme widget

Since version 7.4.0, the old Material Theme widget has been redone to better blend with the other widgets. It sports the current theme name and icon, and you can open a menu with the list of available themes.

Material Theme + Accent Widget
Material Theme + Accent Widget
Theme Selection Widget
Theme Selection Widget

Accent color widget

Just besides the theme widget, you can also display the Accent Color Widget. It sports the current accent color, and displays the list of available predefined accent colors when clicked.

Material Theme + Accent Widgets
Material Theme + Accent Widgets
Accent Color Widget
Accent Color Widget

Material theme legacy widget

You can still find the previous legacy widget:

Status Bar Widget
Status Bar Widget
Accent Widget
Accent Widget

Deprecated features

Themed title bar

Note: this feature has been incorporated into the main product as of version 2021.2. As a result, it has been removed from the plugin.

Windows 10

This setting also allows the theming of the application title bar in Windows 10. To do so, it is actually setting the Windows Accent Color set by Windows.

Note: since this modifies the color OS-wide, the color set by the plugin will stick even if you close the IDE/uninstall the plugin. Just follow the instructions at https://www.howtogeek.com/225893/how-to-personalize-windows-10s-appearance/ to set it to another color of your choice.

Note:: this feature has been removed since version 4.0

macOS with JRE 8

From version 2.5.0 the option came back with support for macOS. And unlike in Windows, this does not change the Registry but actually applies the background color to the IDE title bar only!

Themed Title Bar Mac
Themed Title Bar Mac
macOS with JRE 11

Starting from 2019.1, all IDEs are now bundled with JRE 11 by default. But the developers at JetBrains removed the ability to set the transparent title bar, instead they completely removed it!

However, instead of mourning the disparition of the title bar and removing the feature altogether, we found out a solution by implementing a custom title bar and by delegating the events to the real, hidden title bar.

Custom Title Bar
Custom Title Bar

Now the title bar looks more embedded than ever! However, it is still in its experimental state, so it can still contain bugs. For instance, sometimes the titlebar would not show for some dialogs; the text could be out of sync with what’s supposed to show, font rendering issues etc.

We’re still working on improving this feature by the time, until perhaps JetBrains finally decides to implement it.

Note: this is only for IDEs with JRE 11 enabled, with the JRE bundled by JetBrains. Custom JREs would however display two titlebars, the real and the fake one together.

Note 2: this custom title bar is in experimental state, so bugs may happen. If you find a bug, please open an issue at https://github.com/ChrisRM/material-theme-jetbrains/issues, if it’s not something that has already been discussed. In the meanwhile, if you can’t work with these issues, you can still switch to JRE 8 or disable the Themed Title Bar option and restart the IDE.

Linux

This feature is currently not available in Linux. As non-Linux users, we currently have no clue how to achieve that. Besides, there are many distributions/frameworks of Linux, being Ubuntu, Gentoo, KDE, Gnome etc…

If someone is interested in a way to do so, please send us a PM by email or Slack; it would be great!


Theme in status bar

This setting adds a “widget” to the status bar to indicate which theme you are currently on. You can also click on it to open the Material Theme Settings.

Status Bar Widget
Status Bar Widget

Starting from version 2.9.4/2.10.4, you can also see your current accent color.

Accent Widget
Accent Widget

Note: this feature has been merged into the Status bar’s context menu as of version 2020.3. As a result, it has been removed from the plugin.

Status Bar Toggles
Status Bar Toggles

FAQ/troubleshooting

Q: I’ve got two title bars! / My title bar is gone! / My title bar is …

A: This is due to the Experimental Themed Title Bar implemented since 4.3.0. This feature is still in its experimental state so there could still be bugs. Please open an issue in the GitHub repository, and if it bothers you, you can either revert to the JRE 8, or disable the feature and restart the IDE to get back the real title bar.

Q: Somehow I’ve updated the plugin and now my window is empty!!!!!

A: This is a rare and weird case due to the custom title bar implementation. Reports have indicated that this issue happens only once and can be fixed by… resizing the window! Theoretically, it should be enough to fix the issue, but if it’s not the case, please disable the Themed Title Bar until a fix is found.

Q: My Custom background image is gone!

A: Sorry, this is due to the Material Wallpapers feature, since it replays the empty frame background with the themes’ background image. To resort to this, first disable the feature and then set the image back as explained in the instructions here