Quickly Navigate through the NetBeans IDE Source Editor

One way of dealing with a cluttered Source Editor is to unclutter it. Another way is to keep the clutter but navigate through it more efficiently. (Kind of like not cleaning your room, but working out how to make the mess work to your advantage.) Not sure if the whole NetBeans world knows about this, but if you click the Tab key while holding down the Ctrl key in the Source Editor, NetBeans gives you a little list containing all the open documents:

You can navigate through this list by holding down the Ctrl key while clicking the Tab key through the list. When you release the Ctrl key, the last document selected in the list opens in the Source Editor. Reading through this cool article about Mac OS X, Mac users seem to need to use the mouse wheel to get the same functionality.


No worries. I can confirm that it works on Mac OS X, with the same key combination. Other tips: Cmd-1 : Project window Cmd-2 : Files window etc.

Posted by Eddy Young on May 25, 2005 at 02:09 AM PDT #

Thanks Eddy! I'd be quite interested in knowing about any things that a Mac OS X user should be aware of in relation to NetBeans IDE. I'm thinking about getting a Mac myself and am curious to know if there are any differences and, if so, what they are. Maybe you have some tips/ideas?

Posted by Geertjan on May 25, 2005 at 02:24 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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