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  • December 5, 2008

Changing the Appearance of Windows in NetBeans IDE

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
I found some code by Tim Boudreau on-line, which changes the tabbed windows in the IDE to toolbars:

It works perfectly. Just click a different toolbar and a different window is opened, in the case of Projects/Files/Services. Compare that to the default, where you have tabs instead:

It's not very easy to do something like this. In this case, the class that did the trick extended AbstractTabDisplayerUI. It would be cool if somehow something like that could be done to add new buttons to the toolbars of TopComponents, though I'm not that far yet. Even better would be if there were different window layouts that the user could select.

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Vincent Cantin Saturday, December 6, 2008

    A link to the source of this trick would be welcome.


  • sinema izle Tuesday, March 10, 2009

    nice work.thx u.


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