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Eclipse Java Development User Guide
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Opening an Editor for a Selected Element

You can select the name of a type, method, or field in the Java source editor or in the scrapbook and open an editor on the definition of the element.

  1. In the Java editor, select the name of a type, method, or field. You can also just click into the name once.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • From the menu bar, select Navigate > Open Declaration
    • From the editor's pop-up menu, select Open Declaration
    • Press F3


  1. Hold down the Ctrl key.
  2. In the Java editor, move the mouse over the name of a type, method, or field until the name becomes underlined.
  3. Click the hyperlink once.

If there are multiple definitions of the same name, a dialog is shown, and you can select one definition that you want to open. An editor opens containing the selected element.

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