Guide to the most useful Eclipse Shorcuts


clipse is one of the best IDEs which developers use for their development tasks. It has provided the shortcuts to the most common actions that they perform. Here, I have listed the most useful shortcuts which result in faster development using the IDE. Enjoy 🙂


Ease of 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 + SHIFT + T – Open / Search for Types.
CTRL PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN – Navigate to previous or next file from within the list of all open files.
ALT – Go to previous or next edit positions from editor history list.
CTRL E – Open a file (editor) from within the list of all open files.
CTRL + SHIFT + P – Go to the matching bracket.

Java Editing with ease– Eclipse Shortcuts

CTRL / – Comment a line.
F3 – Go to the declaration of the variable.
F4 – Show type hierarchy of on a class.
CTRL + T – Show the inheritance tree of the current Java class.
CTRL + Shift + F – Format source code.
ALT SHIFT Z – Enclose block in try-catch.
SHIFT F2 – Show Javadoc for current element.
CTRL SPACE – Type assist.
CTRL SHIFT U – Find reference in file.
CTRL + Space – Content assist/ code completion.
CTRL + O – Show all methods of the current class, press CTRL + O again to show the inherited methods.
F12 – Focuses on the editor (especially helpful if you work with Fast Views).
Ctrl + M – Maximize Java editor.
CTRL + Shift + O – Organize the imports; will import the missing import statements.
CTRL + Q– Go to position the cursor at the last changed position in the editor.

The Generic ones – Eclipse Shortcuts

F12 – Focus on current editor.
CTRL L – Go to line number.
CTRL D – Delete a line.
CTRL – Move one element left or right.
CTRL M – Maximize editor.

Quick Run, Debug – Eclipse Shortcuts

CTRL . or , – Navigate to next or previous error.
F5 – Step into.
F6 – Step over.
F8 – Resume
CTRL Q – Inspect.
CTRL F11 – Run last run program.
CTRL 1 – Quick fix code.
Alt + Shift + X – J – Run current selected class as Java application.

Making Search easy– Eclipse Shortcuts

CTRL SHIFT G – Search for current cursor positioned word reference in workspace.
CTRL H – Java search in workspace.
Ctrl + . – Go to the next problem / error.
Ctrl + , – Go to the previous problem / error.
RL + J , CTRL + K – Incremental search, find next.

Some more with Arrow Keys – Eclipse Shortcuts

CTRL + Left – Move one element to the left.
CTRL + Right – Move one element to the right.
CTRL + ALT + – Up/Down Copy line.
ALT + Up / Down – Move line up / down.
ALT + SHIFT Up / Down – Select the previous / next syntactical element.
ALT + SHIFT Up / Down / Left / Right – Extending / Reducing the selection of the previous / next syntactical element.
CTRL + Up / Down – Scroll up / down a line in the editor.