The amazing adventures of Doug Hughes

A couple weeks ago I was preparing giving a three day training class on Model-Glue and Enterprise ColdFusion Development. (Interested in some onsite training? Send me an email!) Unfortunately, the default font size in Eclipse is way to small to see on a projector. It took me nearly half an hour to figure this out, so I thought I’d post how to do this for posterity’s sake:

Within Eclipse click Window > Preferences. This will open up the Preferences dialog with gives you about a million configuration settings to tweak.

At the top of the list on the left you will see General. Click to open this. Next click Appearances. Finally, select Colors and Fonts from under Appearances.

This is where it gets confusing. Eclipse shows a tree of what appear to be languages or plugins or something. Underneath each one are many options for specific types of text. There are many choices in this dialog with no clearly obvious one.

Well, the one you’re looking for is “Text Font” under the “Basic” node. Select this and click the “Change” button that appears. From here, it’s just a matter of selecting the new font size and applying it.

Oh, and when you’re ready to go back to the old font size just click the Reset button to go back to your old settings.

Comments on: "Changing the Font Size in Eclipse" (142)

  1. Charlie Arehart said:

    Great tip, Doug. Presenters, and audience members alike, thank you. πŸ™‚

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  2. Tracy Logan said:

    Definitely one of those things that can stop a preso dead in its tracks!

    One shortcut that can really help is hidden in plain sight: That little box at the top left of the screenshots, the one with “filter text” in it.

    Simply type in the word “font” in that box, and your nav choices will be filtered to solely General > Appearance > Colors and Fonts.

    Similarly, typing “keys” for the filter shows only the Keystroke Editor; typing “debug” shows only the various debuggers, and so on.

    The filtering capabilities are quite limited; no spelling suggestions here! Also, filtering doesn’t seem to work with spaces (I’ve tried various wildcards, without success), and only some of the preferences are searchable — the rest need some sort of search-term registration, I’d imagine.

    Therefore, to find the setting for “Show line numbers”, type either “numbers” or “line” — and note that neither of those finds the CFEclipse line-numbers setting, just the General > Editors one.

    This same filtering is available throughout Eclipse, and is generally just as obviously hidden.

    Thanks for bringing this up, Doug — I predict this post will be seen briefly by thousands of future CFUG audience members!

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  3. Heidi Smith said:

    THANK YOU! I was on the flip side, where i needed to see more code in one screen. This made my day πŸ™‚

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  4. thanks,
    i couldn’t find this option by myself and your post saved me a lot of time πŸ™‚

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  5. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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  6. Are Grttum said:

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH! !

    MOST HELPFUL INDEED! ! !

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  7. Very helpful tip!
    Thank you very much!

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  8. Minhaj Shaikh said:

    Thank You
    It’s reallty a great help

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  9. Sheldon Applegate said:

    More thanks.

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  10. Mike Degorio said:

    Perfect! Thanks!

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  11. Thanks a lot for your useful info

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  12. Xubuntu Newbie said:

    Thank you that helped me immediately.

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  13. Thanks, I couldn’t figure it out myself…

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  14. Very helfull, thks ! said:

    πŸ˜‰

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  15. Thanks,it really helped me

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  16. This is one of the most helpful tip over internet!

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  17. I too, must chime in on this thread. I thank you for the short-cut to solving this issue. I can only hope that the Eclipse group will catch wind of this thread and take it as a sign that something as simple as changing the freakin’ font size can be confusing and time consuming. Who did the user acceptance testing on that _feature_???

    AO

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  18. thanks, really helpful

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  19. Brian Stinar said:

    Thanks for the tip!

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  20. timmy100 said:

    Thanks a lot for this

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  21. Wow, this really is helpfull, only I used it to decrease the font size so I can use Eclipse on my Eee PC. The default font size is just to big at around 12pt, my setting of 6pt really works great.

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  22. thanks a lot dear.
    default font and size in eclipse is not good.

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  23. Super man! Thanks! If you have some more tips like this don’t hesitate to post them, it really saved me lots of time. I tried to do this font changing some time ago and I couldn’t find it. Maybe in the future versions of eclipse would be good if they will do the Ctrl+ scroll or a toolbar with the window view (100% …) like in microsoft word, etc.

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  24. Thank you. I myself was unable to find.

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  25. The method here doesn’t solve the problem of the tiny font in the Help files. The solution to that is to choose
    Window -> Preferences -> Help
    [ ] Use external browser
    and then you not only have control of the type face but you can navigate Help when in a modal dialog box.

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  26. Thanks for the tip

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  27. Great tip!!!

    I thought I would have to set all font properties, one by one!

    2Ch – http://www.pointcultural.com

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  28. Adrian Kuhn said:

    Even better, single-click in the toolbar to change font size:

    http://smallwiki.unibe.ch/fontsizebuttons/

    cheers,
    AA

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  29. Sanjay Bannur said:

    Thanks Tracy and Doug, your post helped me set a comfortable reading size font.

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  30. jayaprakash said:

    thanks for your tips

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  31. Karthik Kumar.A said:

    Thanks alot!!! Keep rocking!!

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  32. Thanks a lot !!!

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  33. Even more thanks. I’m evaluating a switch from ZDE 5.5 to 6.1, which is built on Eclipse. Not being able to find something as simple as the global editor font size was really frustrating!

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  34. Thank you very much.
    It helped me. This page was the first page I found in google search with “eclipse text size”. I did not need to go to other pages.

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  35. I managed to figure out how to change font sizes and found the plugin very useful,
    but whatever I do the fontsize of my JUnit view is not affected.

    Very annoying for presentations.

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  36. @Jubo:

    The font size of all the other windows apart from the editor is based on your system font size.

    So if you want bigger JUnit fonts change your system font. It’s a real shame that Eclipse does handle font sizes better.

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  37. thank you

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  38. Sanjay Mysoremutt - Software Designer said:

    This worked like a charm… thanks!

    Sanjay M
    http://msanjay.weblogs.us/software-designer

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  39. Whoa, thank you!

    I was starting to get blind after so many hours typing this help save my eyes πŸ™‚

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  40. Philips Wu said:

    Thanks a lot

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  41. Ph. Gerner said:

    Thanks!

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  42. thannks too

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  43. Thank you very much. I was getting ready for a class demo and remembered that the settings in Eclipse were often hard to find. Been there – wasted too much time. I also wanted line numbers (General / Editors / Text Editor) to be able to refer to parts. The hint about filtering the search is going to be very helpful when I need to set this up quickly on another machine. Thank you.

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  44. Shaolei Lv said:

    thank u very much

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  45. Thank you, got my way round eclipse now

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  46. bhatswitch said:

    Arigato

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  47. Hey this is what i wanted !!!

    Congrats urs is the 1st page when i googled for “increase the font in eclipse”

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  48. Anonymous said:

    Thanks, I wasted about 8 to 10 minutes searching this option.

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  49. thank you

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  50. Thanks.. said:

    You’re still saving people’s time.

    What a stupid place to put this option. eh?

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  51. Thanks a lot – probably saved me a lot of time on this stupid thing. It’s one of those things that are though dont seem that important but constantly nag

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  52. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  53. Shanmukha said:

    Thank you Mr. Doug Hughes. i really impressed with the fonts i can see in eclipse. Thank you very munch

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  54. Thanks Mr. Hughes. I was looking for this setting from so many days.. It helped me a lot.

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  55. Shrikant Katagi said:

    Thanks Mr. Hughes. I was looking for this setting from so many days.. It helped me a lot.

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  56. Thank you .. It was very helpful !!

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  57. ahhhhhhhh!!!!! I can see now….. so much better. Thank you

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  58. my God, i thought you were going to chip in with some decisive insght at the end there, not leave it with we leave it to you to decide.

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  59. 9pt lucida console said:

    The Eclipse developers must have a manifesto somewhere saying the zoom function is evil and they intentionally left it out of Eclipse. Else there is no way to explanation why Eclipse is missing such fundamental functionality.

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  60. Thanks for posting this- has saved some (literal) headaches! πŸ™‚

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  61. hey thanks a bunch

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  62. Thanks, mate, you saved me that half hour of trying to find out πŸ™‚

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  63. Very helpfull mate, congrats.

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  64. Thank you!

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  65. Thank you!

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  66. Thank you. Spent about 20 minutes searching in eclipse and could not find this. Very helpful.

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  67. thank you so much!

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  68. Thanks a lot for the info…

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  69. Wonderful Tip…Thanks a lot..That was a quick help

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  70. it’s good that at least some people share useful information on Eclipse. perhaps you could do a tutorial?

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  71. I, for one, hate Eclipse.

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  72. THANKS…Couldnt figure it all by myself…

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  73. Thanks…for help. we are trying but exactly get confused at tree structure. Thanks a lot for sharing the useful information.

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  74. Thanks for the tip. Good thing google brings me to this πŸ˜€

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  75. Thanks a lot. I searched google and apears this post that solved my problem πŸ˜‰

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  76. Thank you!

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  77. Thanks a lot. I finally got my favor Courier New font back om Eclipse. πŸ™‚

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  78. Thanks for the tip

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  79. thank you! save me headache by looking at small fonts!

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  80. Thank you… you’re amazing cuz I’ve been looking for it too!

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  81. Thanks you, it’s help me much, i get confused to understand the structure, with your help i found what i want.

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  82. Thanks a lot. Twas so confusing. Got it finally

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  83. Hi,

    Does anyone know how to change font size in those yellow boxes with help text that appear when hovering with the mouse above i e a function name??? It does not seem to be affected by changing font size the way described here.

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  84. thx!
    was helpful!

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  85. was helpful.. thanks.

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  86. Thank you!! That’s pretty bad if I had to hit up Google to figure out how to change the font size. You saved me a lot of time!

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  87. Gordon Dickens said:

    Hmmm, the images on this page are missing. Plus I am not sure which is longer going through all the aweful Eclipse IDE settings or reading all the posts on this page…. ugh. Eclipse is too challenging, not worth the free pricetag.

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  88. Thank you very Much, It was really very helpful during presentation.

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  89. Thanks alot!

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  90. Thank you! You have to wonder why they would bury the one font you really need to change amongst so many others!

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  91. Karim El Deghedy said:

    Thanks a lot, you are a life saver. this is exactly what I was looking for.

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  92. Thanks a lot
    Note: Window=>Preferences => general=> appearance
    There is a drop down menu called current theme
    You can change the color pallette of the eclipse editor there easily
    (Eg= known names as primitives, “null”, “this” … is basicly in violet. With system pallette, its black etc)

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  93. Thanks a lot! This helps me a lot

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  94. Thanks for this. I’m working at home on my 42″ led-tv, and I found the font-size very small. Now I can actually read the things I’m typing.
    Thanks for the explanation.

    Greetings, Percy

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  95. This is so helpful.

    Thanks,

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  96. Thanks a lot

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  97. Thank you so much!!
    I have -5 on both eyes and even though I wear contact lenses, the font size in eclipse was always too small for me.

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  98. The well written summary assited me very much! Bookmarked your website, very excellent categories everywhere that I see here! I really appreciate the info, thanks.

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  99. Dear Admin,

    Thank you very much for posting the instructions….they are really helpful and saved so much time

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  100. Thanks! Saved my life πŸ™‚

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  101. thanks very much
    thaaaaaaaaaaaaanks

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  102. Thank you for this very helpful post.
    I wondered how do this.
    Thanks

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  103. Thanks a lot. You helped me get out of that maze!

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  104. Thanks a ton!

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  105. thank you so much!

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  106. That save me a lot of time. Thanks

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  107. […] years needed to become proficient in it. I wanted something possibly simple, light and which would leave me in control. That means an editor over an IDE, but which one? I did some deep research and after an endless […]

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  108. Never again will I spend hours trying to find something in the Eclipse preferences. Google is my friend! Thanks a billion!

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  109. surendranath said:

    thank u very much boss.

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  110. Thanks, you keep saving time to a lot of folks!!

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  111. Thank you so much. I forgot my glasses today to ofc and was trying to find a way to increse the font size so tht i dont end up getting migraine staring at the smaller size fonts.

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  112. Still saving time after 4 years. πŸ™‚

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  113. Thanks!!
    I was so frustrating there was not an obvios way to do this.
    You save a lot of time. πŸ™‚

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  114. Ivan Ferrer said:

    Thaaaaaaaanks

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  115. Donna Jean said:

    Thank you! I no longer feel like I’m going blind! πŸ™‚

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  116. Thanks you!

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  117. A new Eclipse plugin:
    eclipse-fonts
    Easily control Eclipse fonts
    http://code.google.com/p/eclipse-fonts/

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  118. thank u very much.

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  119. Thanks Very Much

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  120. Thanks for the tips! Very useful for me.

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  121. StudentT` said:

    Thanks , that helped !

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  122. Great site design + this post helped. That font-size change is really tucked away in there with eclipse prefs!

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  123. Try this plugin – Try this plugin: http://code.google.com/p/eclipse-fonts/

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  124. thank you !!!!!

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  125. Thank you!

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  126. Thanks alot. great tip.
    Saved me alot of time

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  127. Thanks a ton !!! That save time.

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  128. Thanx Bro….

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  129. Cool. That helped a lot better.

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  130. thanks alot… that feature is totally hidden!

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  131. thanks

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  132. wow thanks, that’s helpful. 11 px is tiny.

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  133. wow……..awesome….thank you very much….

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  134. Sebastien_Gargamine said:

    Thank you for making this topic and helping the Eclipse Community.
    This is very helpfull!

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  135. Lance Finfrock said:

    Thank you for the help. I could not figure it out by myself.

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  136. R3tikus said:

    thanksssss for your help. very useful πŸ˜€

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  137. marzzbar said:

    Thanks so much! The preferences in Eclipse are a freaking dog’s breakfast. It’s so hard to find where to change the simplest of settings πŸ™‚

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  138. valentin said:

    I wasted a ton of time seeking the internet because the Eclipse configuration is so plural that I refused to try out if there is a basic root one. Thanks a lot.

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  139. TY! <3
    On my Macbook Air 11' i've started feeling like an old timer squintin at the screen in Eclipse! o_O

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  140. Thanksss

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  141. THAAAAAANKS SO MUCH! STILL SAVING MY ASS!

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