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Switching Source Files in the Eclipse Editor (CTRL+TAB)

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Ever wondering what could be a keyboard shortcut for something in Eclipse? In my post on 10 Best Eclipse Shortcuts the question came up how to traverse through all the open files in the editor. Finding a shortcut is easy if you know the The Mother of all Eclipse Shortcuts :-) . I press CTRL+3 and enter a search term like ‘switch’, and it shows me all shortcuts with ‘switch’ in the description:

CTRL plus 3 shows all shortcuts

CTRL plus 3 shows all shortcuts

So with this I know that CTRL+TAB is to switch to the next editor. Let’s try it out:

CTRL+TAB Popup Window

CTRL+TAB Popup Window

A small pop-up window shows all open sources of the Editor View: Pressing CTRL+TAB repeatedly will iterate through the source files. That way I can quickly switch to another source file without leaving my fingers from the keyboard.

Happy Switching :-)

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