Netbeans Removes Indent from // Comments

Written by James McDonald

June 20, 2016

Been using netbeans for PHP development and discovered that it will remove the leading whitespace from comments and then the comments inside a block of code are hard up against the left margin which looks weird.

Not sure if there is a setting to stop this behaviour but if you do the following you will get your indented comments back.

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 9.37.06 AM

Screen shot showing left aligned comments

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 9.37.50 AM

The fix is to put a space before each //. I have shown non-printable characters to make this clear. Then all you do is select the code and do Source => Format

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 9.38.16 AM

The comments will then properly indent

To do it quicker use a regex to find and replace the replace with value ” //” has a leading space:

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 9.57.29 AM

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