Eclipse Tips and Tricks: The Most Useful Shortcuts for Improved Productivity

Eclipse is a popular integrated development environment (IDE) that is used by many programmers and developers to build applications in various languages, including Java, C++, and Python. Eclipse is packed with features and shortcuts that can help you work more efficiently and save time. In this blog post, we will share some of the most useful Eclipse tips and tricks that will help you improve your productivity and streamline your workflow. Whether you're new to Eclipse or an experienced user, you'll find something new and valuable in this post. So, let's dive in and take a look at the most useful Eclipse tips and tricks!


There is a huge list of eclipse shortcuts available, but I have listed only the essential ones you may need daily.


File Navigation Shortcuts 

CTRL SHIFT R – To open a resource. You need not know the path and just part of the file name is enough. 

CTRL E – To open a file (editor) from within the list of all open files. 

CTRL PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN – Navigate to the previous or next file from within the list of all open files. 

ALT <- or ALT -> – Go to previous or next edit positions from the editor history list.

Java Editing Shortcuts 

CTRL SPACE – For type assist 

CTRL SHIFT F – To format code. 

CTRL O – To list all methods of the class 

CTRL SHIFT O – To organize imports. 

CTRL SHIFT U – To find a reference in the file. 

CTRL / – For comment a line. 

F3 – To go to the declaration of the variable. 

F4 – To show the type hierarchy of a class. 

CTRL T – To show the inheritance tree of the current token.  

SHIFT F2 – To show Javadoc for the current element. 

ALT SHIFT Z – Enclose block in try-catch.

General Editing Shortcuts 

F12 – To focus on the current editor. 

CTRL L – To go to line number. 

CTRL D – To delete a line. 

CTRL <- or -> – To move one element left or right. 

CTRL M – To maximize the editor. 

CTRL SHIFT P – To go to the matching parenthesis.

Debug, Run Shortcuts 

CTRL. or, – Navigate to the next or previous error. 

F5 – For a step into. 

F6 – For step over. 

F8 – For resume 

CTRL Q – To inspect. 

CTRL F11 – To run the last run program. 

CTRL 1 – For quick fix code.

Search Shortcuts 

CTRL SHIFT G – To search for the current cursor positioned word reference in the workspace 

CTRL H – To java search in the workspace.

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