Eclipse Tip: Hide Closed Projects in Eclipse Project Explorer View

Ever wanted to hide all those closed projects in eclipse? Well, here is a simple trick that you may not know already.

Imagine your Eclipse workspace is filled with many projects that you created in past just to test some small functionality. Now you are done with these projects and hence you have closed it. Eclipse by default show all the closed projects in Project Explorer. Hence your project explorer may look like following where only two projects are open and rest competing for your attention although they are closed!

Eclipse comes with a cool tiny feature that many of us not know. You may want to Hide all those closed projects from your workspace in Project Explorer tab. Simply follow following steps and do this is few seconds!

Step 1: Click on right corner of Project Explorer tab and open context menu. Select Filters option from menu.


Step 2: Check Closed Projects option from Filter and press Ok


Now check your project explorer tab, all the closed projects are gone! Doesn’t it looks more clean :)

We used Filters option to remove closed projects from Project Explorer tab. Filters provides more options to select and remove from displaying it from explorer view.


  • Sivasubramaniam Arunachalam 22 February, 2010, 8:26

    Useful One!

    • Viral Patel 23 February, 2010, 15:49

      @Sivasubramaniam: Thanks for comment

  • Jaran Nilsen 23 February, 2010, 20:53

    Thanks for the tip! Very useful.

  • techless 24 February, 2010, 4:15

    It is really nice tip…………thanks alot

  • hlegius 24 February, 2010, 20:00

    Yay! It’s really the best tip EVER !
    Thanks for sharing !

  • suman 4 March, 2010, 13:45

    Cooool one.

  • sud 8 March, 2010, 10:06

    If one needs to reopen a closed project you’ll need to remove the filter. Instead I like to use the working set feature and just drag closed projects into this working set. When I need to reopen them, I have easy access to it.

  • Mani Bhushan 18 May, 2010, 10:49

    Mr. Viral its nice and gud things . Becoz. all the java developer hav need it.


  • Deepak 1 February, 2011, 18:59


  • Lazyboy 27 May, 2011, 0:28

    Thanks, very usefull

  • Siddu 20 December, 2011, 12:09

    Thanks… Very useful tips.

  • Bobby 21 February, 2012, 4:20

    Two years later, this post has saved yet another user’s sanity…

  • Samuel Henrique 23 May, 2012, 19:20

    Very good and usefull tip. Thx!

  • Abe 30 July, 2012, 4:16

    Ditto Bobby’s comment.. thanks

  • mkohanek 24 August, 2012, 22:48

    Ah thanks, this has been annoying me for a while now

  • Nadeeshaan 31 August, 2012, 12:59

    Thanks dude this was a big problem for me since a long time……

  • tho 5 December, 2012, 13:21

    great tip

  • Rijil 31 December, 2012, 10:11


  • Abhilash K. 7 January, 2013, 21:26

    Just the thing I was looking for. Thanks a lot! :)

  • Dhruwnath 23 February, 2013, 17:48

    Useful info..Thank you.

  • brizly 27 March, 2013, 12:35

    very cool. much more generic than creating working sets for each complicated project(set).

  • Bao Vu 8 May, 2013, 22:10

    Thank you! This is exactly what I need.

  • Mike 21 January, 2014, 16:46

    Nice one! The default view was driving me nuts, this saved my day :)

  • EH 18 February, 2014, 8:02

    Cool, thanks!

  • Kiran 4 September, 2014, 12:26

    Worked!! Thanks!!

  • Ramesh N 13 September, 2014, 11:56

    very nice tips……….

  • Ramesh N 13 September, 2014, 12:01

    Hide is ok, but how look for closed project

  • Nam Phan 15 March, 2015, 13:07

    My Eclipse (Luna 4.4.2) doesn’t have ‘Filters’. What can I do?

  • Santy 9 April, 2015, 15:16

    to Nam Phan

    Select Customize View… option from menu.

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