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Shortcut keys for Eclipse IDE

Scope of this document: In the world of Rapid Application Development,

we need to spend more time with keyboard than with mouse, so as to write
more code and leveraging the features of any IDE to its maximum. In this
document I am presenting some of the shortcut key combinations that I have
worked with.

1. Ctrl+Shift+F: Shortcut used for formatting the code. The formatting rules
provided by default can be changed by navigating to the location Windows 
Preferences  Java  Code Style  Formatter

Created by Santosh Kothapalli

We can implement most of the formatting components by clicking on the edit

2. Ctrl+Shift+O: Organizes the imports, removes the unwanted imports.

When you first try to include any class and your editor shows an error in red,
just use this key combination to get rid of it. If the Class is available in more
than one package all the occurrences re listed.
3. Ctrl +O: Lists all the variables and methods available in a particular class

4. Ctrl+T: Lists all the implementation classes of a particular interface.

Example if you open the class List and use this key combination, lists all
possible implementations available in the class path.
5. Ctrl+Shift+T: Open Type? What is this, don’t be bothered, it just lists all
the classes available in its class path, it works as a pattern based search.

6. Ctrl+Shift+G: Key combination is very useful as it lists down the hierarch

from where this method is called; this key combination has to be used when
the name of the method is selected. If you use this combination selecting the
name of the class; lists all the classes where the reference of this class is used.
Equivalent to java search.
7. Ctrl+N: Opens a New Wizard, suppose if you want to create a new class,
instead of navigating to New  Others, use this combination.

8. Ctrl+Alt+H: Call hierarchy, without actually debugging the code, tries to

understand the logical flow
9. Ctrl+F8: Moving across the perspectives, say if you are in java perspective
and would want to navigate to Debug environment, press and hold the key
combination , can be navigated up and down to switch between the

10. Ctrl+L: Go to the specified line number in a class.

11. Ctrl+F: Find and replace a word

12. Ctrl+E: Lists all the classes than are opened and not displayed in the
perspective, can say as explorer shows all the folders, this combination lists all
the classes available in the hierarchy.

13. Ctrl+M: Maxmizes or Minimizes the current window

14. Ctrl+I: Corrects the inundation, but don’t forget to select the entire code
using Ctrl+A before using this key combination

15. Ctrl+Shift+B: This key combination will be useful for either

inserting/removing of a breakpoint, in short toggle breakpoint.

16. Ctrl+F11: Run your code, using this combination

17. Alt+Shift+J: Adds the java documentation to a variable, method and


18. Ctrl + B: Builds the selected java project

19. Alt+Shift+R: Refractor rename, renames all the occurrences in the

20. Alt+Shift+L: Opens a windows which displays all the shortcuts available
and the shortcuts that are imported when the new plug-in are downloaded and
User Defined Short cut combinations:

We can always add the short cut keys by navigating to Windows  Preferences
 Keys