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Eclipse Workbench User Guide
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Responsive UI

By default all Eclipse operations run in the user interface thread. Employing the Responsive UI, which allows the threading of sequential code, will enable you to continue working elsewhere in Eclipse. Without the Responsive UI support you would be locked out of performing any other actions when met with a slow operation.

While some operations automatically run in the background (such as auto build), in many cases a dialog will be displayed providing you with the option to run an operation in the background. For example, building a project manually can sometimes take more than a few minutes, during which time you may wish to continue to use other functions in Eclipse.

Image of the Build All Menu Item.

While the project is being built, select Run in Background from the Building Workspace dialog and the Responsive UI will allow you to carry on with other tasks in Eclipse.

Image of the Building Workspace window

For information on the status of the action and additional operations that are currently running, click Details.

Image of the Building Workspace window with the Details displayed

The Details panel displays the status information of the operation at hand as well as any additional operations that may be running simultaneously.

Image of the Building Workspace window with the Details showing simultaneous operations

The Progress Information dialog also indicates when one operation is being blocked by another.

Image of Progress Information view with an operation that is waiting for another to complete.

To have operations running in the background set as the default, select Window > Preferences > General and check Always run in background.

Image of Workbench Preferences Window

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