2.2. Moving a View or Toolbar

Problem

The Package Explorer should be on the right, shouldn’t it?

Solution

You can drag toolbars and views in Eclipse, and they’ll dock on the various edges of the Eclipse window. Figure 2-2 shows the Package Explorer being dragged to a new location.

Dragging a view

Figure 2-2. Dragging a view

The Package Explorer now appears on the right, as shown in Figure 2-3.

Repositioning the Package Explorer

Figure 2-3. Repositioning the Package Explorer

Besides being dragged, toolbars also can be broken into segments. Each toolbar features a graspable handle (the upright 3D bar at the left edge of the toolbar). By dragging this handle, you can resize the segments in the toolbar, as well as show or hide additional controls.

Tip

You might not like working in an environment in which you can accidentally move toolbars, so select Window Lock the Toolbars to hold things in place. If a perspective becomes scrambled as a result of accidental mouse movements, select Window Reset Perspective to reset the perspective.

Discussion

You also can drag editors, but you can’t mix items in the editor and view areas. The editor area is the center of the Eclipse window, and Eclipse won’t allow you to drop any views there, or drop an editor on top of a view.

See Also

Chapter 1 of Eclipse (O’Reilly).

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