Eclipse Shortcuts

Eclipse Shortcuts
Editors are an integral part of a programmer’s life. If you have good proficiency in using an editor thats a great advantage. It comes very handy to debug. Traditional notepad and SOPs (System.out.println) are the way we start learning a language but that is not sufficient, so beginners start using an IDE and most importantly know the shortcuts. For java developers there is a huge list and some popular areEclipse, Netbeans, IntelliJ Idea. I use Eclipse as my IDE and vim as a light weight editor.
This article is for those who use or intend to use Eclipse as IDE. Keyboard shortcuts are very important for comfortable and quick editing. I have abridged the following list of eclipse shortcuts from my own experience and literature.

File Navigation – Eclipse Shortcuts

  • CTRL SHIFT R – Open a resource. You need not know the path and just part of the file name is enough.
  • CTRL E – Open a file (editor) from within the list of all open files.
  • CTRL PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN – Navigate to previous or next file from within the list of all open files.
  • ALT <- or ALT -> – Go to previous or next edit positions from editor history list.

Java Editing – Eclipse Shortcuts

  • CTRL SPACE – Type assist
  • CTRL SHIFT F – Format code.
  • CTRL O – List all methods of the class and again CTRL O lists including inherited methods.
  • CTRL SHIFT O – Organize imports.
  • CTRL SHIFT U – Find reference in file.
  • CTRL / – Comment a line.
  • F3 – Go to the declaration of the variable.
  • F4 – Show type hierarchy of on a class.
  • CTRL T – Show inheritance tree of current token.
  • SHIFT F2 – Show Javadoc for current element.
  • ALT SHIFT Z – Enclose block in try-catch.

General Editing – Eclipse Shortcuts

  • F12 – Focus on current editor.
  • CTRL L – Go to line number.
  • CTRL D – Delete a line.
  • CTRL <- or -> – Move one element left or


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