Hiding Unnecessary Directories and Files in NetBeans IDE

While trolling through nbusers@netbeans.org last week, I discovered that it's possible to hide directories and files that are normally displayed in the IDE. In the Options window (under the Tools menu), there's this setting (click to enlarge):

I added "test" in the Ignored Files property above so that the "test" directory isn't displayed in the Files window. I haven't had a use for this directory so far, so ignoring it creates some additional real estate for other directories. When I click the Help icon in the illustration above, I am told that ignored files "are not displayed in any of the IDE windows and are not processed by IDE commands". Seems pretty cool to me. Unfortunately, though, it doesn't seem as if this applies to the Projects window or the Runtime window.

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Thanks so much! I've been trying to figure out how to do this for an hour or so. Finally my google search hit your page.

Posted by Troy on October 26, 2006 at 08:45 AM PDT #

Hurray!

Posted by Geertjan on October 26, 2006 at 08:49 AM PDT #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.

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