8.20.2008

Eclipse 3.4 Breadcrumbs Hide and Show

Today, I inadvertently found a gem in Eclipse 3.4. Inside the Java Editor, you can right click on a method, and choose "Show in Breadcrumb" and a breadcrumb trails is shown in the first couple lines of your editor. Very Handy, especially since it works for most Java elements. Also handy because it offers quicker navigation than clicking to expand folders in the package explorer. However, I didn't like that it was taking up a couple of lines of space, so I wanted to turn it off. After trying a number of things, including Google, Eclipse help, and Preferences, I found NOTHING about how to hide the breadcrumb.
Finally, I tried this:


Customize Perspective, choose the Commands tab. In the Available command group, choose Java Editor Presentation.
Screenshot of the customize perspective panel The Toolbar details shows the button for Toggle Button, which looks like a folder with a C in a circle with a black triangle on top of it. Eclipse's toggle breadcrumb icon.


I so rarely use the toolbar. I guess that's why I didn't think to look there first.

71 comments:

david santos said...

Phelps, congratulations!!!
"08-08-08" Olympc Games!!!

jared said...

Couldn't get rid of it. Thank you! Thank you!!

Kubino said...

helped me too. thx

xshinex said...

Had the same problem, thanks for the tip :)

Henrik said...

Several people at my workplace are now grateful for you taking the time to make this info available. Thanks! :)

eLbird said...

Thanks a lot, I also couldn't get rid of it.

Biscoito Kid said...

had the same problem, googled it and found your blog. thanks!

Mark Brucks said...

Well, I was about to be totally grateful, but nothing happens when I click on the toggle icon. The breadcrumb still won't disappear. Any further ideas?

Mark Brucks said...

Well, I was about to be totally grateful, but nothing happens when I click on the toggle icon. The breadcrumb still won't disappear. Any further ideas?

István said...

Close the customize perspective dialog window. Then find the toggle breadcrumb icon in the toolbars (below the menu bar of eclipse) and click the icon there.

Nicholas Urfe said...

Thank you!

Gabriel said...

Thank you!

Grégory Oliver said...

Thank you for this tip

Renaud said...

thanks!

skulty said...

It worked! Thank you!

Fred said...

Thanks a lot!
Google just pointed onto your site.
Thanks for the time you made me save and the frustration I did not have.

Danny said...

And another thank you!
Funny how us programmers search Google before searching their screen :)

Commander Crap said...

Thanks! It's so funny... it was in such an obvious place, but I also never use the toolbar. I'm so glad I have some people to share my struggles with, lol.

First Google result for "eclipse hide breadcrumb".

Commander Crap said...

Thanks! It's so funny... it was in such an obvious place, but I also never use the toolbar. I'm so glad I have some people to share my struggles with, lol.

First Google result for "eclipse hide breadcrumb".

sLoP said...

Yay! Helped me too! :-) Thanks. Toolbars are nice and all, but (at least) the same functionality should be present in the menu, too!

greg said...

lol... thanks dood... did the same thing... can't believe it was just sitting there ;P

Marcelo said...

Thank you, save us a lot of time!

Prasann said...

Helped me... The toggle breadcrumb would appear in the toolbar, with which you can hide/show.

Juri Hudolejev said...

Yet another UI/usability fail for Eclipse.

Anyway, thanks, you saved my time!

Sandler said...

haha thanks a lot ^^

Micah said...

Adding my voice to the crowd of grateful people for helping me get rid of that thing.

Raghu said...

Thanks, this reminded me that I should also look at tools bar.

qwertzguy said...

I had the same problem but I found a quicker way to get rid of it:

Press Ctrl+3 and type bread
The choose Toggle breadcrumb...

Ctrl+3 is very powerful for finding command or almost anyhting in Eclipse!

Love to Read said...

Thanks for the tip!

Andrew said...

Good tip thanks, now I look like the eclipse guru.

dmorenus said...

Thanks for posting this fix! I got as far as Customize Perspective but I couldn't seal the deal without your help! :/

westside said...

awesome. thanks.

Ângelo said...

Thank you!!

Derek said...

thanks, couldnt get rid of it...

naira said...

thanks!!!

Kiran N Bedre | ಕಿರಣ್ ಎನ್ ಬೇದ್ರೆ said...

Thanks a lot!!! :)

Danny said...

Thanks. I didn't think of checking the toolbar either.

mateusz said...

cool, found this info fast thanks of you

Tanguy Mezzano said...

Thx

Tejas said...

Thanks for the good work :)

test said...

Thank you

someGod said...

Thanks.. I horsed around with it for 10 minutes before asking mr google.

satya said...

really good finding,... Thank u...Thanks a lot

BordrGuy108 said...

Thanks! I always wondered how to turn this off.

Alex said...

I did one of those accidental right mouse button clicks that turned the breadcrumb on, so I couldn't even tell how I turned the breadcrumb on, which made it even harder for me to know how to turn it off!

Thank you for the informative tip!

Oh, and thanks to qwertzguy for the Ctrl-3 hint.

Krovi said...

that helped me too, thanks boss!

fredrik said...

Thanks a lot!

alynna said...

Thank you!

luiggitama said...

Thanks a lot!
Indeed, the icon was already in my toolbar, but, as you, I didn't check it...

Esiri said...

ah! thanks so much..now that you mentioned it (well you mentioned it a couple of years ago), i've just looked at the tool bar and it actually has some functions that are very helpful.
Thanks man!

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Faisal said...

Thanks this was very helpful. I wonder why i didn't notice the icon in the tool bar in the first place.

lancewf said...

Thank you I could not find a way to remove that panel.

Rekha said...

Thanks. It worked for me :)

Sarbbottam said...

Thanks a lot. I went nuts to get rid of it.

Bala said...

Thank you so much. I am cool now.

Ramik Sadana said...

God Bless You for this!

A 100 times over

phil said...

Thanks to you (and to Google, which let me find it!)

Jackmis said...

thanks, i don't like it too.

sree harsha said...

Thank you ... helped me a lot

Maxime said...

Thanks!

Jevon said...

Hahaha, brilliant! Thanks for the post :)

Blubby said...

Wow °!° Thank you very much...

I had the same problem ;) Why is it so hard to help users like us? Simply adding a context menu to the Breadcrump line would do it...

Regard!

Mahee said...

There is the simple toggle breadcrumb button in the toolbar that helped me

VivekTechWorld said...

thanks...

Marky said...

Thanks! :)

Unknown said...

Thanks so much! This was also making my eclipse Java Editor run very slow, and pause about 5 seconds between keystrokes! (using a large code base, this must be a bug w/ eclipse)

A.V.Ebrahimi said...

Thank you! just works

clintjcl said...

This article didn't help because Eclipse has changed since it was posted - but Ctrl-3 worked!!

Dr. googol said...

so useful.