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Redefining Next Editor Shortcut in Eclipse

Jeffrey P. Bigham

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For some reason, Eclipse comes by default with CTRL-F6 as its command to switch to the next editor window. This is incredibly annoying, not only because it's an inconvenient key combination, but also because it's different than almost every other program out there.

Fortunately, it's relatively easy to switch the shortcut key to use CTRL-Tab as is more standard. Simply press CTRL-SHIFT L twice (or open Window->Preferences then look under General->Keys) and you'll open the shortcut key preferences dialog. Once there, you'll see tons of stuff, but you're interested in Category=Window and Command=Next Editor. Click on it to select it and then hit Edit. Now, you're free to set whatever key combination you'd like to the action, including the popular CTRL-Tab.

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