What you think of as files, Eclipse thinks of as resources . Resources represent a file in the Navigator or Package Explorer view; they represent a file opened in an editor. Your workspace comprises all the resources in your workspace (and a whole lot more).
This TimeSaver is dedicated to finding resources in your workspace .
How To Quickly Find Resources
By now, you should know I'm a fan of the keyboard. Navigating through trees of files is dog slow. I don't mean 8-week-old-yappy-rat-terrier-puppy slow. I mean 25-year-old-coon-hound-eyes-are-crusted-over slow. Fortunately, Eclipse gives us the "Resource" finder. Lucky people learn about this beauty early on in their Eclipse usage; others go without for a long time, to their woe. They Twitter, "How did I not know about Ctrl-Shift-R?" or "w00t! Ctrl-Shift-R!" or "OH: the dumbass in the cube beside me just found Ctrl-Shift-R. Dumbass. Wonder when he'll learn to breath out his nose".
Why is this? I think it's because of the "resource" vs. "file" nomenclature discussed above. Why, for example, would you think to: Navigator --> Open Resource and expect that to pop up the single greatest popup in the history of bits and bytes? You wouldn't. That's why it goes undiscovered for so long.
Notice the keyboard shortcut for "Open Resource": Ctrl-Shift-R . Burn that into your brain. Ctrl-Shift-R. Ctrl-Shift-R. Ctrl-Shift-R. Stop drinking. Stop eating. Stop smoking stogies. Stop raising your children. Stop everything until you have absorbed Ctrl-Shift-R. It is the fastest way to get to files. It looks like this, and it is my friend:
Notice how it filters when you type stuff? Notice I used a * to do a wildcard filter? Also, notice that little black triangle on the right hand side? You can drop that down and filter your search on Working sets for added radness.
Another neat feature: it lets you select multiple files and open them. Need to super fast find all your TestCases and open them (why? I dunno)? Ctrl-Shift-R, then *Test.cfc. Tab into the "Matching Items Window, hit Ctrl-A, then Enter. Bam... you've got more open files than you know what to do with.
Next time you find yourself grabbing the mouse and navigating through your tree of files, Stop. Put the mouse down. Even if you've found it already. Put the mouse down, hit Ctrl-Shift-R, and start typing.