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Customizing Eclipse: Setting Up Shortcuts

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If you're using Eclipse as your IDE every day, you've probably got certain tasks that you do regularly such as getting projects from version control or writing unit tests, as well as normal coding tasks. This tip shows how you can customize what shows up on your File/New menu for a certain perspective. Some of the commands that you use might be buried under the File/New/Other.. menu. This brings them up a level. 

To do this, go to Customize Perspective from the Window menu in Eclipse, while in the perspective where you want the changes to apply.

Here, you will see a number of options that you can add to the New menu. Note that you can also customize shortcuts for the Show View and Open Perspective menus from here.

Just select the items that you want to appear. In the above example, I've included the JUnit shortcuts. 

Now when I use the File/New menu, these options will be easily accessible: 

 

 It's a pretty simple thing to do, but it might save you a little bit of time.

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