Top Java IDE keyboard shortcuts for Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA and NetBeans

Mastering your IDE's keybindings like a boss

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“We believe that smart tools enable creative work with any project, no matter how big or small it is, be it a fresh startup or something that's been in development for a long time

-- Max Shafirov, CEO of JetBrains, makers of IntelliJ IDEA

There’s nothing better than getting a truly genuine experience with your most intimate of development tools, your trusty IDE. Whether you use Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA or NetBeans, we hope this report can shine a little light on how to make your IDE experience considerably more enjoyable.

Given that Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, and NetBeans enjoy over 90% of the IDE market share, we focus just on them and save some digital trees that would get ruined if this report was longer.

Any IDE from the big three has a well-maintained plugin ecosystem, which is what makes an IDE a true platform and allows it to conquer all your possible scenarios without becoming a huge slow monster. We look at the most popular plugins and see if we can say anything about the IDE based on what people install there.

Additionally, we want this report to be an accessible guide for learning the key bindings and cool shortcuts for the top IDEs. Everyone has their own preferences and modifies the keymap according to one’s own taste, but the basic default shortcuts are the most important.

Hopefully, you’ll learn a bit more about your current IDE, and be well on your way to greater fluency.