Learn how to configure Android Studio using settings on Windows and Linux, or preferences on macOS. Plus, explore the different categories of settings and how to set up the IDE.
- [Instructor] Android Studio's appearance and behavior can be customized to your liking in many ways. Most of these changes can be made through a dialog that's named Settings on Windows and Linux, and Preferences on macOS. You can get to this dialog from the Welcome screen by going to the Configure menu and choosing either Preferences or Settings. Or if you already have a project open, you can get to the dialog on Mac by going to the Android Studio menu and choosing Preferences or on Windows by going to File and then Settings. This dialog is carved up into categories. Under Appearance & Behavior, you could for example change your theme from Light to what's known as Darcula. When I choose that and click Apply, the entire screen goes dark and then I can switch back to the Light look and click Apply again. You can also use a custom font throughout the interface, but note that that does not control the editor font, that's controlled somewhere else. Under Menus and Toolbars, you can reorganize how your menus appear. Under System Settings, you have access to password storage, System Updates which I showed previously, and Memory Settings, where you can control the amount of memory that's allocated to Android Studio. The Keymap category allows you to remap keyboard shortcuts to various actions in the interface. Under Editor, there is a General section, and very importantly the font, where you can adjust the size, typeface and line spacing in your editor environment. You can control the color scheme for various languages, manage the code style indicating for example, tabulation, and other formatting options for various languages. And down here there are categories for Version Control. This is where you would set up Git and GitHub, for example. Various options for building and executing your applications, and then specific categories for various languages. For example, if you wanted to look for an update to the Kotlin plugin, you would go here to Kotlin under Languages & Frameworks, and then check for the latest stable version. I recommend exploring this dialog and trying out some of the options so you can make Android Studio look and behave the way you want it to.
- Installing Android Studio on macOS and Windows
- Creating your first project
- Creating virtual devices for testing
- Version control with GitHub
- Customizing the Android Studio interface
- Managing dependencies
- Generating and editing Kotlin code
- Refactoring and inspecting code
- Using templates
- Analyzing and debugging code
- Managing bitmap and vector images
Skill Level Beginner
What you should know1m 47s
1. Getting Started
2. Get Ready to Develop Apps
3. Use Software Version Control
Clone a GitHub repository3m 35s
4. Explore the User Interface
5. Manage Project Builds and Dependencies
6. Create and Edit Code Files
7. Analyze and Debug Your Code
8. Manage Image Files
Create vector image assets3m 50s
Next steps1m 11s
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