Eclipse Tip: Content Assist Cycling

The content assist in Eclipse can be a bit overwhelming at times. With Eclipse 3.2 there is a new feature called Content Assist Cycling. If “Ctrl + Space” is presses successively Eclipse displays different types of proposals. This can be customized at  Window>Preferences>Java>Editor>Content Assist>Advanced.

Select the proposal types as shown in the first screenshot. Now in Java editor type invoke content assist by pressing “Ctrl + Space” once. All the proposals are shown. If you press “Ctrl + Space” again only the Template Proposals are shown. See screenshot below. If you press “Ctrl + Space” once again you will see the Other Java Proposals.

Vasanth Dharmaraj is a Java Architect currently working for Western Union living in the Bay Area. He is interested in programming, gadgets, formula one... You can follow him on Twitter.

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