I want Eclipse to automatically suggest to me all possible options, while I’m writing some variable/class name or keyword, like in Flash Develop or Visual Studio.
Is it possible?
If not, with which Java IDE can I get this?
I’m specifically asking about a way to automatically get the same thing I get using CTRL + Space, while I’m typing.
You can also set auto completion to open automatically while typing.
Content Assist and write
.abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz in the
Auto activation triggers for Java field.
See this question for more details.
Ctrl+Space shortcut for getting all possible autocomplete options available in a particular context in the editor.
Auto Complete will also allow you to insert custom code templates into the editor, with placeholders for various inputs. For instance, attempting to auto complete the word “test” in a Java editor, in the context of a class body, will allow you to create a unit test that uses JUnit; you’ll have to code the body of the method though. Some code templates like the former, come out of the box.
Configuration options of interest
- Auto-activation delay. If the list of auto complete options is taking too long to appear, the delay can be reduced from Windows -> Preferences -> Java -> Editor -> Content Assist -> Auto Activation delay (specify the reduced delay here).
- Auto activation trigger for Java. Accessible in the same pane, this happens to be the
.character by default. When you have just keyed in
typeA.and you expect to see relevant members that can be accessed, the auto completion list will automatically popup with the appropriate members, on this trigger.
- Proposal types. If you do not want to see proposals of a particular variety, you can disable them from Windows -> Preferences -> Java -> Editor -> Content Assist -> Advanced. I typically switch off proposals of most kinds except Java and Template proposals. Hitting Ctrl+Space multiple times will cycle you through proposals of various kinds.
- Template Proposals. These are different from your run of the mill proposals. You could add your code templates in here; it can be accessed from Windows -> Preferences -> Java -> Editor -> Templates. Configuration of existing templates is allowed and so is addition of new ones. Reserve usage however for the tedious typing tasks that do not have a template yet.
Yes. If the suggestion doesn’t compare automatically, then press crtl + space button.
See if your settings are correct also:
Window -> Preferences -> Java -> Editor -> content assist. See if the “completion inserts” is checked off along with anything else there you want to help auto complete.
these are the steps:
1. first go to the following settings
Window -> Preferences -> Java -> Editor -> content assist -> advanced
2. there will be two boxes having checkboxes.
3. check everthing in there and click apply.
4. now ofcourse when you’ll be coding there will be auto code completion feature automatically.
Since you asked about other Java IDE, I suggest IntelliJ by JetBrains.
Just look at it: not only does it support auto completion as you type, but also it support import package once you select the auto completion.
Before someone said “Eclipse is free”, note that IntelliJ has free community edition as well: www.jetbrains.com/idea/download/
Pressing Ctrl+Space opens up the auto-completion dialog in Eclipse. In the Java Perspective it opens automatically after you typed a
. (normally with a short delay).
Now in eclipse Neon this feature is present. No need of any special settings or configuation .On Ctrl+Space the code suggestion is available
Window -> Preferences -> Java -> Editor -> content assist > enter
in the Auto activation triggers.
It will allow you to complete your code.
- In Eclipse, open the code auto completion box from first letter
- Go to >> Window >> preference >> [ Java c++ php … ] >> Editor >> Auto activation triggers for…
- Add the character SPACE by just putting your cursor inside and box and push the space key..
All the commands and variables which begin with that letter are now going to appear