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Never Get Lost In Eclipse Again

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Whether you are an Eclipse veteran or beginner, there will be times when you want to access a certain functionality but you can’t remember exactly where to find it.

This is where Control-3 (or ⌘-3 on Mac) comes in handy.

For example, if I want to modify the Java formatting options, I press this combination and then the first letters of “formatter:”

As you can see, every single functionality in Eclipse that contains the letters “formatt” is displayed, and the one I’m looking for is displayed at the bottom. I select it, and:

Remember this shortcut next time you get lost in Eclipse!


From http://beust.com/weblog/2011/03/24/never-get-lost-in-eclipse-again/

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Radics Laszlo replied on Fri, 2011/03/25 - 4:45am

Control-3 is a good shortcut but unfortunatelly not ultimate, for example "proxy" doesn't hit anything but in the preferences proxy show "Network connection".

The other everyday used shortcut is ctrl-1. I use it for

- refactoring - renaming

- refactoring - change type (example when I copy a for loop)

- generate getter-setter

- create local field for a return value

- and lots more ...

Philippe Lhoste replied on Mon, 2011/03/28 - 7:10am

For the record, on a French keyboard, it must be Ctrl+Shift+3, because the digits must be shifted in the upper row of the Azerty keyboard.

And neither Ctrl+2 nor Ctrl+Shift+2 (quick assist, I used it for rename in file) work anymore in Eclipse 3.6 (worked in 3.5). :-(

Although... just tested, Ctrl+<Numpad digit> works! With 1, 2 and 3. I got back my Ctrl+2... :-) (as long as I don't use a 15" laptop...).

Thanks for the reminder! ;-)

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