The location of the “Preferences, Config etc.” buttons is highly unintuitive


Whenever I want to install a new package, or want to view the installed ones, or change the editor configuration, I find myself completely lost.

Steps to Reproduce

  1. Try to find ‘Preferences’ button
  2. Don’t find it in the ‘Packages’ nav
  3. Go through all navs: File, Edit, View, Find, Packages, Help
  4. Despair
  5. Give up or finally find it in the long ‘Edit’ list


Expected behavior:

‘Edit’ should be reserved for options pertaining to text editing, the IDE options should be put elsewhere.

I propose to either add them to ‘File’ or add a new nav element (second to last to help probably) called ‘IDE Options’ where all these can be put.

2 thoughts on “The location of the “Preferences, Config etc.” buttons is highly unintuitive

  1. For what it’s worth, these are under Atom on macOS:
    and under File on Windows:

    However, I’d say more than half of the applications I’ve used have put preferences or settings or options (it’s different in every app, I swear!) under Edit. Fortunately, Atom also assigns a reasonable keyboard shortcut (control-comma, or command-comma on macOS), which is the way I usually access settings.

    I agree it would be nice to have a shortcut to the packages view in settings (for installing/managing packages) from the packages menu, though.

  2. The Preferences/Settings menu items are in the menu that is the platform standard per-platform: the application menu on macOS, the File menu on Windows, and the Edit menu on Linux. See #2467 for when this was changed for Linux.