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  • September 5, 2016

Tip for JavaOne Speakers with NetBeans IDE

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

Quite a few speakers at JavaOne 2016 will be using NetBeans IDE for demos during their sessions. Excellent. Less excellent is the yelling that will befall you when your audience wants your font to be bigger.

So. BEFORE your session, make sure you're comfortable with the "Zoom Text" keyboard shortcuts, which are set as following by default:

Under pressure, I'm not so great with the mousewheel on my keyboard and so I have remapped the "Zoom Text" keyboard shortcuts as follows, i.e., to Ctrl+PAGE_UP and Ctrl+PAGE_DOWN. (These do override existing keyboard shortcuts, which I never use anyway, i.e., tabbing left and right, I think.)

That's much better and now I have full control over the font size in all the editors in NetBeans IDE via two handy keyboard shortcuts.

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Peter Hansson Saturday, September 10, 2016

    .. or you can just use markiewb's excellent plugin: http://plugins.netbeans.org/plugin/53555/editor-zoom

    which adds icons for this purpose directly in the Editor pane.

    Having to remember keyboard shortcuts is a PITA, but that's just me. Also there's as far as I remember no "reset zoom" ability if you use keyboard shortcuts, but there is if you use the plugin. You can of course still use those keyboard shortcuts even with plugin installed. Best of both worlds.

    IMHO what the plugin does should be part of stock NB. It is really just some icons attached to some actions that already exist in the IDE.


  • guest Monday, September 19, 2016

    Even better would be a "Presentation" mode within NetBeans to automatically enlarge fonts and perhaps simplify the screen layout.


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