Split and Clone Editor Views in Eclipse

Sometimes it is all about knowing the simple tricks in Eclipse which make life easier. Like this one: how to have a split editor view so I can edit multiple different sections of a source file:

Splitted Editor View in Eclipse

Split Editor View in Eclipse

That feature is present in Eclipse Luna and afterwards, but because there is no icon in the view itself as in Microsoft Word, I have found that many do not know about this useful feature. The screensthots below are for Eclipse Luna.

Split Editor View

To split an editor view, I have it selected (to be active), then I use the menu ‘Toggle Split Editor’:

Eclipse Window Editor Menu

Eclipse Window Editor Menu

I can split it horizontal:

Splitted Editor View in Eclipse

Split Editor View in Eclipse

Or in a vertical way:

Vertical View Split

Vertical Editor View Split

I can use the mouse to resize the split area:

Resize Split Area

Resize Split Area

To remove the split, simply use the menu or shortcut again:

Eclipse Window Editor Menu

Eclipse Window Editor Menu

Clone Editor View

The other useful function is to clone an Editor view:

Clone Editor View

This creates a clone of that view:

Cloned Editor View

Cloned Editor View

To ‘undo’ the cloning, I close the new editor view.

Summary

Splitting and Cloning gives me a way to edit the same source file in different portions of that file. The commands to Clone and Split is under the Window > Editor menu.

Happy Cloning & Splitting 🙂

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