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  • October 1, 2006

NetBeans Keyboard Shortcut of the Week (5)

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
This is really useful, irrespective of the kind of NetBeans IDE project you're working on. Often, you need to call up the "Project Properties dialog box". So what do you have to do? Leave the Source Editor far behind you, go to the Projects window (or Files window), right-click the project and then choose "Properties".

Especially when you're working with NetBeans module projects, you need to be in that Project Properties dialog box a lot, because you often need to look for new modules to add to the Module Dependency list, whenever you make use of a new NetBeans API class. So today I discovered that you can set a keyboard shortcut for opening the Project Properties dialog box. It is in the "File" section in the Keymaps (within the Options window under the Tools menu). I've mapped the shortcut to Ctrl-Slash:

Now I can be working in the Source Editor and just press Ctrl-Slash and then, without having left the Source Editor, I've opened the Project Properties dialog box. Hurray, another step towards migrating all functionality towards the Source Editor. So go ahead and map that keyboard shortcut. I've made it the keyboard shortcut of the week (and so it has pride of place in the left sidebar for a week or until I find another good one, which ever comes first), even though it is unmapped by default, just as a reminder to future generations reading this blog that this functionality is available, albeit hidden.

In other news. The PDFs of the two presentations I did in Gottingen have been published: Web Frameworks and Tooling, An Introduction to the NetBeans Platform.

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Ramon Wednesday, October 4, 2006
    That's a good one. I adopted your settings.
    Alternatively you can do ALT+F+T as the action is also available in the File menu, as I realized recently.
  • Geertjan Wednesday, October 11, 2006
    Ramon -- great, thanks. Alt-F-T is perfect, because it is already there. N need to map anything.
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