5 Most Useful Eclipse Shortcuts for Developers

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Eclipse Interactive Development Environment, or Eclipse IDE for short, is an open source development tool that lets you manage your source files, compile, run, test, and perform many different operations to build the projects based in Java or any other languages. Eclipse IDE is the most widely used development tool among Java developers. Eclipse IDE was originally developed by IBM and later made into an Open Source Tool.

What are Eclipse Shortcuts ? And why you should use shortcuts ?

Eclipse Shortcuts are the set of keyboard key combinations when used together will help to quickly access elcipse features such as "Opening a file", "Adding comments in code blocks", "Searching a text in a file".. etc. Why you should use eclipse shorcuts ? because it saves time!. If you use one functionality repeatedly, at the end of the day you can save 15–20 minutes only with replacing the mouse clicks with shortcuts.
If you are not aware what Eclipse is, Eclipse is an Integrated development environment developed by Eclipse Foundation. Eclipse is widely used for software programming. More details about eclipse IDE and versions can found at Eclipse Foundation official site

How to Download and Install Eclipse ?

All you need to do is well documented here! follow the below links and get eclipse installed real quick

Eclipse Shortcuts and Cheat Sheat

Once eclipse installation is complete, you can try these eclipse keyboard shortcuts for quicker development.

If you are familiar with eclipse you can skip rest of the article and directly download the eclipse shortcuts cheat sheat.

You can download the eclipse shortcuts cheat sheet PDF or Excel from here.

There are few tens of eclipse shorcuts available for developers. Based on function / usage we can group these shortcuts as below.

#1 Eclipse Shortcuts to Perform File Operations

If you are working with new class / file, it would be easier to use eclipse shorcuts to create file, edit, save changes without having to use eclipse navigation menu. Here are the few eclipse shortcuts related to file operations. These are the most useful keybord shortcut of all. Basically, these shorcuts lets you perform file operations at easy. Try it on your Eclipse and see.

  • Ctrl + N : To create new project / file class / interface /
  • Alt + F + . : To open file
  • Ctrl + Shift + R : To open any project file
  • Ctrl + S : To save file
  • Ctrl + Shift + S : To save all files
  • Ctrl + W OR Ctrl + F4 : To close current file
  • Ctrl + Shift + W : To close all files

#2 Eclipse Shortcuts to Navigate, Search and Edit Source Code

If you are writing or editing source code, Here are the few eclipse shortcuts related to code search, edit operations. Below are the most useful keybord shortcut of all. Basically, these shorcuts lets you quickly edit/search/ source code at easy. Try it on your Eclipse and see.

  • F2 : Shows Java Doc for the selected element
  • Alt + , : Jump to previous error or warning
  • Ctrl + . : Jump to next error or warning
  • Ctrl + D : Delete a line at current cursor position
  • Ctrl + Space : Open Content Assistance Dialog box
  • Ctrl+ Shift +C Toggle comment on selected lines
  • Ctrl+ Shift +/ Add Block Comment
  • Ctrl+ Shift +\ Remove Block Comment

#3 Eclipse Shortcuts to Build, Run and Debug your code

To Build, Run and Debug your code here are the most useful keybord shortcut of all. Basically, these shorcuts lets you quickly build, run and debug your programmes at easy. Try it on your Eclipse and see.

  • Alt + B : Build all projects in the workspace
  • Ctrl + F11 : Run last application launched
  • F11 : Debug Last application Launched
  • F5 : Step into - in debug mode
  • F6 : Step over - in debug mode
  • F7 : Step return - in debug mode
  • F8 : Execute till the next breakpoint
  • Ctrl+ Shift + I Inspect an element in debug mode

#4 Eclipse Shortcuts for TEAM SVN Subversion

Here are the most useful SVN shortcuts. These shorcuts lets you Synchronize, commit, update, merge and perform all SVN related operations at easy.

  • Ctrl + Alt + S : Synchronize with SVN repository
  • Ctrl + Alt + C : Commit Source code to SVN repository
  • Ctrl + Alt + U : Update Source code from SVN repository
  • Ctrl + Alt + D : Update Source code to SVN Revision
  • Ctrl + Alt + E : Merge Source code to SVN repository
  • Ctrl + Alt + T : Show Properties

#5 Miscellaneous Eclipse Shortcuts

Finally, here are some of the Miscellaneous shorcuts you might find useful while switching editors, changing screen mode, quick access and more ..

Eclipse Dark Theme

You can use Eclipse with the default theme or you can select the dark theme on the preferences page.

Go To Windows > Preference > General > Appearance select the theme and click Apply and Close

Eclipse / STS Preference setting for the dark theme

After a theme is changed, it is recommended to restart Eclipse / STS via File > Restart

Eclipse / STS Dark themed IDE

Eclipse Quick access

With the help of Quick Access search bar at the top of the workbench window we can find all that we need.

Click in the Quick Access Field or press Ctrl+3 Eclipse shortcut key , a popup window will appear. You can type in what you are looking far, eclipse will show things accordingly.

Eclipse Quick Access dialog

Full Screen mode

Use (Alt+F11) Eclipse shortcut key or go to menu (Window > Appearance > Toggle Full Screen) to full screen eclipse for better visibility.

Switch Eclipse Editors

We can quickly switch editors by using (Ctrl+E) Eclipse shortcut key . This will open a list of all open editors.

Eclipse / STS IDE list of editors

AutoSave Eclipse Editors

You can configure the automatic save of dirty editors in Eclipse via the General > Editors > Autosave preference page which allows you to enable/disable the autosave and change the interval of autosave. Here in the below snapshot i have set the interval to 100 seconds.

Eclipse / STS IDE Autosave Editors

Splitting Eclipse Editor

We can split / unsplit the active eclipse editor via menu option Window > Editor > Toggle Split Editor (Horizontal) and Window > Editor > Toggle Split Editor (Vertical) Or just use one of the below eclipse shortcuts:

split horizontally : Ctrl+_ Eclipse shortcut key

Eclipse / STS IDE split editor horizantally

split vertically : Ctrl+{ Eclipse shortcut key

Eclipse / STS IDE split editor vertically

Eclipse Editor Text Zoom In Zoom Out

We can zoom in (Ctrl++) Eclipse shortcut key or zoom out (Ctrl+-) Eclipse shortcut key commands to increase and decrease the font size.

Eclipse / STS IDE editor text zoom in or zoom out.

Find Any Resource in Eclipse Real Quick

(Ctrl+shift+R) Eclipse shortcut key brings up a dialog that allows you to quickly locate and open an editor on any file in the workspace.

Eclipse / STS IDE find any resource real quick.

Eclipse cheat sheet: Commonly Used Eclipse shortcuts keys .

Ctrl+F9 Activate Task
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+A Add Artifact to Target platform
Alt+Shift+J Add Java Doc Comment
Ctrl+Shift+N All Instances
Alt+Left Backward History
Ctrl+B Build All
Alt+Shift+C Change Method Signature
Ctrl+Shift+Space Context Information
Ctrl+Shift+F9 Deactivate Task
Ctrl+Shift+D, Q Debug Ant Build
Ctrl+Shift+D, E Debug Eclipse Application
Ctrl+Shift+D, P Debug junit plugin test
Ctrl+Shift+D, T Debug JUNIT TEST
Ctrl+Shift+D, A Debug Java Applet
Ctrl+Shift+D, J Debug Java Application
Ctrl+Shift+D, O Debug OSGI Framework
Ctrl+Shift+D, R Debug On server
Ctrl+Shift+D Display
Ctrl+U Execute
Ctrl+Shift+L Extract Local Veriable
Ctrl+Shift+M Extract Method
Ctrl+Alt+G Find text in workspace
Ctrl+F Find and Replace
Ctrl+Shift+F Force Return
Ctrl+G Declaration In workspace
F11 Debug Last Launched
Alt+right Fartward History
Alt+Shift+G Generate Code
Alt+Shift+I Inline
Ctrl+Shift+I Inspect
Alt+Shift+V Move - Refactoring
Ctrl+Q Last Edit Location
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Down Make Less Interesting
Ctrl+M Maximize Active View Or Editor
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Up Make Landmark
Ctrl+Shift+/ Add Block Comment
Ctrl+Shift+M Add Import
Ctrl+D Delete row
Ctrl+Space Content Assist
Alt+/ Content Assist (Simplified Chinese)
Alt+Shift+Up Arrow Expand Selection to Enclosing Element
Alt+Shift+Down Arrow Expand Selection: Restore Last Selection
Alt+Shift+Right Arrow Expand Selection to Next Element
Alt+Shift+Left Arrow Expand Selection to Previous Element
Ctrl+Shift+F Format
Ctrl+. (Period) Next
Shift+F2 Open External Javadoc
F3 Open on Selection
Ctrl+Shift+T Open Type
F4 Open Type Hierarchy
Ctrl+Shift+H Open Type in Hierarchy
Ctrl+Shift+O Organize Imports
Ctrl+Shift+Space Parameter Hints
Alt+? Parameter Hints (Simplified Chinese)
Ctrl+, (Comma) Previous
Ctrl+1 Quick Assist
Ctrl+1 Quick Fix
Ctrl+Y Redo
Ctrl+Shift+\ Remove Block Comment
Ctrl+G Search for Declarations in Workspace
Ctrl+Shift+G Search for References in Workspace
Tab Shift Right
Shift+Tab Shift Left
F2 Show Tooltip Description
Ctrl+/ Toggle Comment
Ctrl+Z Undo
F11 Debug Last Launched
Ctrl+Shift+D Display
Ctrl+Shift+I Inspect
F8 Resume
Ctrl+F11 Run Last Launched
Ctrl+U Run Snippet
Ctrl+R Run to Line
F7 Run to Return
F5 Step Into
Ctrl+F5 Step into Selection
Ctrl+N New
Ctrl+. Next
Ctrl+F6 Next Editor
Alt+F7 Next Page
Ctrl+F7 Next View
Ctrl+F8 Next Perspective
Shift+F2 Open Attached Java Doc
Alt+PageDown Next sub tab
Alt+Shif+N New Menu
F6 Step Over
Ctrl+Shift+B Toggle Breakpoint

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