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Eclipse Workbench User Guide
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Project Explorer view

This view provides a hierarchical view of the resources in the Workbench.

Here is what the Project Explorer view looks like:

Project Explorer View

To add the Project Explorer view to the current perspective, click Window > Show View > Other... > General > Project Explorer .



Collapse All

This command collapses the tree expansion state of all resources in the view.

Link with Editor

This command toggles whether the Project Explorer view selection is linked to the active editor. When this option is selected, changing the active editor will automatically update the Project Explorer selection to the resource being edited.


Click the black upside-down triangle icon to open a menu of items specific to the Project Explorer view. Right-click inside the view to open a context menu. 

Top Level Elements

Choose whether to show working sets or projects as top level elements. Chosing working sets allows easy grouping of projects in large workspaces.

Select Working Set

Opens the Select Working Set dialog to allow selecting a working set for the Project Explorer view.

Deselect Working Set

Deselects the current working set.

Edit Active Working Set

Opens the Edit Working Set dialog to allow changing the current working set.

Package Presentation

Toggles package compression on and off. If it's Flat, certain folder structures (such as Java packages) will be compressed to make navigation easier.

Customize View

This command allows customization of view filters and content modules. The previous will allow you to supress the display of certain types of files while the later will allow entirely new types of content to be shown in the view. Here is what the Customize View dialog looks like:

Filters dialog

Link with Editor

See the toolbar item description above.

In addition to these menu items, the Project Explorer view menu shows a list of recently used working sets that have been selected in the view.

Context menu


This command allows you to create a new resource in the Workbench. Select the type of resource to create from the submenu.


This command copies the selected resource to the clipboard.


This command pastes resources on the clipboard into the selected project or folder. If a resource is selected the resources on the clipboard are pasted as siblings of the selected resource.


This command deletes the selected resource from the workspace.


This command moves the selected resource to another location. A dialog will appear, prompting for the destination location to which the resource will be moved.  


This command allows you to specify a new name for the selected resource.


This command opens the import wizard and allows you to select resources to import into the Workbench.


This command opens the export wizard and allows you to export resources to an external location.


This command refreshes the Workbench's view of the selected resource and its children. For example, this is used when you create a new file for an existing project outside the Workbench and want the file to appear in the Project Explorer view.

Close Project

The close project command is visible when an open project is selected. This command closes the selected project.

Close Unrelated Projects

This command will close any project which are unrelated to the selected project.

Open Project

The open project command is visible when a closed project is selected. This command opens the selected project.


Menu items in the Team sub-menu are related to version control management and are determined by the version control management system that is associated with the project. Eclipse provides the special menu item Share Project... for projects that are not under version control management. This command will present a wizard that allows you to choose to share the project with any version control management systems that has been added to Eclipse. Eclipse ships with support for CVS.

Compare With

Commands on the Compare With sub-menu allow you to do one of the following types of compares:

  • Compare two or three selected resources with each other
  • Compare the selected resource with remote versions (if the project is associated with a version control management system).
  • Compare the selected resource with a local history state

After you select the type of compare you want to do, you will either see a compare editor or a compare dialog. In the compare editor, you can browse and copy various changes between the compared resources.  In the compare dialog, you can only browse through the changes.  

Replace With

Commands on the Replace With sub-menu allow you to replace the selected resource with another state from the local history. If the project is under version control management, there may be additional items supplied by the version control management system as well.


This command displays the properties of the selected resource. The kinds of properties that are displayed depend on what type of resource is selected. Resource properties may include (but are not limited to):

  • Path relative to the project in which it is held
  • Type of resource
  • Absolute file system path, or name of path variable when using linked resources
  • Resolved path variable when using a path variable for a linked resource
  • Size of resource
  • Last modified date
  • Read-only status
  • Derived resource status
  • Execution arguments, if it is an executable resource
  • Program launchers, if it is launchable
  • Project dependencies, if any

Related concepts
Team programming with CVS
Three-way compare
Linked resources

Related references
Compare editor

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