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-close-project

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.

eclipse-project-explorer-filter

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

eclipse-filter-close

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.

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32 Comments

  1. Sivasubramaniam Arunachalam says:

    Useful One!

    • Viral Patel says:

      @Sivasubramaniam: Thanks for comment

  2. Jaran Nilsen says:

    Thanks for the tip! Very useful.

  3. techless says:

    It is really nice tip…………thanks alot

  4. hlegius says:

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

  5. suman says:

    Cooool one.

  6. sud says:

    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.

  7. Mani Bhushan says:

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

    Thanks.

  8. Deepak says:

    Handy.

  9. Lazyboy says:

    Thanks, very usefull

  10. Siddu says:

    Thanks… Very useful tips.

  11. Bobby says:

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

  12. Samuel Henrique says:

    Very good and usefull tip. Thx!

  13. Abe says:

    Ditto Bobby’s comment.. thanks

  14. mkohanek says:

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

  15. Nadeeshaan says:

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

  16. tho says:

    great tip

  17. Rijil says:

    Thanks……..

  18. Abhilash K. says:

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

  19. Dhruwnath says:

    Useful info..Thank you.

  20. brizly says:

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

  21. Bao Vu says:

    Thank you! This is exactly what I need.

  22. Mike says:

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

  23. EH says:

    Cool, thanks!

  24. Kiran says:

    Worked!! Thanks!!

  25. Ramesh N says:

    very nice tips……….

  26. Ramesh N says:

    Hide is ok, but how look for closed project

  27. Nam Phan says:

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

    • George says:

      Instead of filters you have to select “Customise view…”

  28. Santy says:

    to Nam Phan

    Select Customize View… option from menu.

  29. George says:

    Thanks!

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