David R. Heffelfinger

  Ensode Technology, LLC

 
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NetBeans Tip: Quickly opening windows without memorizing keyboard shortcuts


When working with NetBeans, sometimes I need to open a window to look at some information (breakpoints, output, etc). Windows can be accessed by going to the "Windows" pull down menu, then selecting the appropriate window, or, most windows have a keyboard shortcut (ctrl+1 for projects, for example).

The "Window" menu has several submenus, and it is not always entirely obvious where a specific window may be (the "Terminal" window, for example, is under "Output").

 NetBeans Window Menu

 Sometimes I would like to open a window, but I'm not sure exactly where it is located, and I don't know it's keyboard shortcut.

Fortunately NetBeans has a "Quick Search" text field at the top right, and typing the name of the window makes it appear in the search results, therefore, if I want to open the "Breakpoints" window, for example, all I have to do is type "Breakpoints" in the quick search

NetBeans search window


 
 
 
 
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