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16 NetBeans Shortcut Keys for Code Editing

Do you know that shortcuts help you accelerate your development productivity? Indeed, the more time you use keyboards, the higher efficiency you get. Therefore today I’m going to share with you the common shortcut keys which are designed for editing code in NetBeans IDE.NOTE: Standard shortcuts are not covered, such as Ctrl + Space (auto-complete), Ctrl + A (select all), Ctrl + Z (undo), and the like.

  1. Ctrl + E or Shift + Delete: deletes the current line.
  2. Ctrl + Delete: deletes the next word after the cursor. If it is a compound (i.e. using camel case like fileHandler), then only the first word is deleted.
  3. Ctrl + Backspace: deletes the previous word before the cursor.
  4. Alt + Shift + Up: Moves up the current line (or a selected block of code) by one line:  Move up a line
  5. Alt + Shift + Down: Moves down the current line (or a selected block of code) by one line:

    Move down a line

  6. Ctrl + Shift + Up: Copies and moves up the current line (or a selected block of code) by one line:  Copy and move up
  7. Ctrl + Shift + Down: Copies and moves down the current line (or a selected block of code) by one line:  Copy and move down
  8. Shift + Enter: Inserts a blank line below the current line, regardless of position of the cursor in the current line (it’s very different than pressing Enter key alone):  Insert new line after current line
  9. Ctrl + Enter: Works similar to Shift + Enter, but insert a blank line above the current line if the cursor is at the beginning of line.
  10. Ctrl + Shift + I: Organizes import statements by removing unused imports and adding missing ones:  fix import statements
  11. Alt + Shift + F: Formats a selected block of code or the whole source if no block is selected.  format code
  12. Ctrl + Shift + C or Ctrl + /: Toggles comment for the current line or a selected block of code:  toggle comment
  13. Alt + Insert: Shows context menu to generate code e.g. insert constructor, getters and setters. The list of commands in the menu is depending on the surrounding code:  generate code
  14. Ctrl + F12: Inspects members of a class. This opens and activates the Navigator window:  inspect members
  15. Alt + F12: Inspects hierarchy of a class. This opens and activates the Hierarchy window:  inspect hierarchy
  16. Ctrl + Shift + Enter: Toggles maximize/minimize the current code editor.
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