Idea tabs vs Eclipse tabs

Hello,
I've been using Idea for a while now and I really like it. There is one thinkg though which makes me crazy and it's the tab management. I don't know why but I'm all the time searching through the tabs for a open document. Sometimes I have the impression that a document that I had opened some seconds ago is put to a completely new place in the tab list. When I was using Eclipse I did not have such a problem.

What is the difference between Eclipse and Idea tab managment ?


cheers

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I agree, no matter what setting you use, it always puts it in random places, and it draws the tabs way too wide rather than shortening the text on it so you have no choice but to use the multi lines of tabs which make it jump around even more randomly.

Imho visual studio has the best possible tab management: the ones you last used are always visible, the ones that don't fit on screen anymore are in an alphabetically sorted dropdown list. You never lose focus of your last edited files there.

A tip: use CTRL+TAB to switch between the file you're currently editing and previously edited. That at least allows you to focus on two files without having to deal with the tabs :)

Also, use CTRL+SHIFT+N and type part of a filename to open that file. Often I can find an open file quicker that way than eyeballing through the tabs.

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I'm also using the CTRL+SHIFT+N  shortcut intensively but I actually want to avoid it when I want to find a file that I had opened several "tabs" ago.

thanks for the hint anyway.

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Tex-Twil wrote:

I'm also using the CTRL+SHIFT+N  shortcut intensively but I actually want to avoid it when I want to find a file that I had opened several "tabs" ago.

thanks for the hint anyway.

You can use 'Ctrl+E'/'Ctrl+Shift+E' for that.

Denis

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I'm using that as well :)

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"You can use 'Ctrl+E'/'Ctrl+Shift+E' for that."

Yep, this is the best way to do it IMO.  What I love about intellij's CTRL-E as compared to Eclipse's, is with IntelliJ it shows them to you in the order you last were in the editor, rather than alphabetical like Eclipse.  Also, even if you close an editor it still shows up in CTRL-E whereas with Eclipse it doesn't.  

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I found the best way for me is to turn off tabs and just use Ctrl-E and Forward/Back History navigation. I don't miss tabs in the slightest.  (although this doesn't answer the OP's question)

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Hi, Michael.
Thanks for this tip. I've realized i don't use them as well and they just unnecessary consume editor space. I will try desible them too. I agree with Tex, they are unpredictable, they don't help for navigation and only slow your down.

regards, Alex

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What I love about intellij's CTRL-E as compared to Eclipse's, is with IntelliJ it shows them to you in the order you last were in the editor, rather than alphabetical like Eclipse.



Which can be a major disadvantage, because finding an entry is much easier
in an alphabetically sorted list than somehow otherwise sorted.

Tom

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At least it is important to disable multi-line tabs. Multi-line tabs are
considered to be bad usability since ages, because the location of the tab
changes.

Tom

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Could be, if you're looking for file with known name in the recent files list (which is not a right place). if you know a file name, it's straightforward to invoke "go to" action. Recent files list is to recall your actions history, so the descending order is very appropriate here for me.

regards, Alex

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Guest wrote:

At least it is important to disable multi-line tabs. Multi-line tabs are
considered to be bad usability since ages, because the location of the tab
changes.

Tom

You can just start typing target class name and recent files popup is active and its content will be narrowed to the matched entries.
Denis

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But only for up to approx. 3 files. For finding "older" files, you will have
to read each item until you find it. And this better is done in a
alphabetically sorted list.

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Hi, Tom. I understood your points. You're based on assumption what user knows filename. if he doesn't know, to sort list by name is just to obscure history. So the question is does user know a filename when invokes recent files list either not. By my personal sense, he's not. I invoke this action when i don't remember which files i edited to recall my actions.

regards, Alex

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+1 to Alexander's reasoning. When I bring recent files (CTRL-E) up it is because I don't remember the name of the last file I edited and I expect the most recent to be at the top of that list.

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So it would be enough for you to see the last two files in the Ctrl+E popup?

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One more point regarding the tabs - it will be good to allow tabs of fixed width and allow to close them as google chrome allows. close multiple tabs without mouse movement.

regards, Alex

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