In IntelliJ IDEA, the Code editor does not allow moving the cursor or inserting white spaces bottom of the file.

Adding spaces to the end of the file is called virtual space.

It disables the virtual spaces in the code editor by default.

This post shows multiple ways to enable virtual spaces.

This tutorial talks about multiple ways to view the Javadoc tooltip for a method in an editor.

How to enable virtual spaces or add whitespaces at the end of the file.

There are 2 ways, we can do it. First use settings, Second way is using Find Actions.

Using settings: Please follow the following steps

  • Go to File > Settings or Ctrl + Alt + S to open Settings Window
  • Select Editor > General
  • In the Virtual space panel option,
  • Check the Show the virtual spaces at the bottom of the file option as given below Other options
    • Allow placement of caret after end of line
    • Allow placement of caret inside tabs.

Intellij Idea virtual space options

  • Click the Apply button and OK to close the window
  • Now, You can add whitespaces at the bottom of the file.

Using Find Actions

  • Go to Help > Find Action or use shortcut Ctrl + Shift + A to open Settings Window

  • Type Virtual Space as given below

Intellij Idea Find Action virtual space options

  • Select this option to open settings with the Virtual Space panel selected

  • Check the Show the virtual spaces at the bottom of the file option

  • It shows empty spaces at the end of the file