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  • June 10, 2013

Tips for Teachers in NetBeans IDE

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

So you're using NetBeans IDE to teach programming to your class. What kind of features would be specifically relevant to you, during teaching?

  • Increase/decrease font size. Hold down the Alt key and scroll the mouse up/down and you'll see the font size magically increase/decrease. Same thing in the Output window, to really show your class the errors of their ways.

  • Quickly switch between open editor documents. Ctrl-Tab, just like all/most other applications, just like when you switch between applications on your computer.

  • Maximize/minimize NetBeans IDE. Alt-Shift-Enter, this toggles between maximized/minimized mode of the entire window frame of the IDE.

  • Distraction-free mode. Wouldn't it be cool if you could remove all the windows around the editor, showing nothing other than the editor document? That's coming up in NetBeans IDE 7.4, distraction-free mode, Ctrl-Shift-Enter, mentioned in NetBeans IDE 7.4 New & Noteworthy, already available in daily builds (also via "View | Show Only Editor").
Now, you'll be able to increase the font size, remove everything from the screen except the editor document, maximize the editor document to cover the entire screen, and switch between multiple open documents. Excellent. Now all that's left for you to do is... teach.

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Comments ( 3 )
  • guest Monday, June 10, 2013

    Hi Geertjan.

    You can also add "Window|Documents..." to your "quickly switch between open editor documents" section. There you can search for and close documents easier. In NB7.4 the documents in the dialog can be ordered by recent usage or name and you can press DEL for closing documents.

    Nice hint with the distraction free mode, but currently switching documents leaves the mode.

    https://netbeans.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=231055

    Best regards, markiewb


  • guest Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    good,I can use it


  • markiewb Thursday, June 13, 2013
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