I just recently upgraded from IDEA 5 to 6.
I don't mind the new combo box for the "View as" replacing the old tabs, it seems like a more effecient and usuable layout when I'm using the mouse.
But one of the major reasons I use IDEA is that I can do all normal development tasks using the keyboard. I hate moving my hand over to the mouse when I'm really going at it - it breaks my concentration and slows me down.
A bit of context for what I need to do:
One of the things I used to do frequently was swap to a couple of different local files using the favorites view. There always seems to be a couple of files that aren't part of the project that I want to either edit or view. E.g. my personal log4j config that I keep in a separate place on the hard drive; and in the current project I'm working on, they've set up a local persistence properties file for testing purposes.
So what I would do was set up these files in the favorites. Then when I needed to make a quick log config change or change the database I point at and do a re-test I would do the following:
- press Alt-]]> (to bring up the favorites view)
- use the down arrow to select the file I wanted
- press enter (to open the file)
- then escape (to get rid of the favorites view).
This would being me into the file I wanted to edit, I'd make my change, press Shift-F10 to re-test, then ctrl-F4 to close the external file and BAM - I'm back doing whatever I was doing in the shortest time possible.
Now, in IDEA 6, I don't seem to be able to do this any more. It's very annoying. I've been looking through the keymap config, but I can't seem to find a way to quickly get to the favorites so I can select an external file.
Anyone got any advice on how I can regain the old functionality? I don't mind if I don't use favorites, I just don't want to have to go to the mouse all the time (and it'd be nice if I could leave my project view alone so I can keep the context of the original file visible).