Show Workspace Location in the Title Bar


A central concept of the Eclipse framework is the concept of a workspace. The workspace holds project and project references, among with other settings. I’m using multiple workspaces all the time, and in parallel. How to know which workspace I’m using? By default, the CodeWarrior Eclipse IDE main window comes up like this:

Default CodeWarrior Eclipse Main Frame

Default CodeWarrior Eclipse Main Frame

If I have multiple IDE’s open, it is hard to tell which workspace is used in which window,.

Showlocation Startup Option

Eclipse supports many startup options, a list can be found here. The solution is to use the -showlocation startup argument. As many other programs, eclipse supports different command line arguments. So I have added -showlocation in the shortcut used to launch Eclipse:

Showlocation Startup Parameter

Showlocation Startup Parameter

Now the workspace is visible in the Eclipse title bar:

Workspace Location in Frame Title

Workspace Location in Frame Title

Another solution is to add -showlocation to the eclipse.ini file located inside the eclipse folder:

cwide.ini with -showlocation

cwide.ini with -showlocation

Additionally it is possible to display a name while ‘tabbing’ through the windows. For this I specify a name under Window > Preferences > General > Workspace:

Workspace name shown in window title

Workspace name shown in window title

With this that name is shown while tabbing through the windows (shown below with Windows 7):

Workspace Title in Tabbing Preview

Workspace Title in Tabbing Preview

Another use of the is while hovering over the Window Taskbar (Windows 7):

Taskbar Preview with Workspace Name

Taskbar Preview with Workspace Name

Happy Showing :-)

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  4. That is very useful. I am always going to properties of the project to find out where the project is located. I often pull older versions out of the repository and build them to check changes and usng the properties function is laborious and irritating; your method is a much better way. Thank you.

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