What is a working set and how do I use it?
Author: Deron Eriksson
Description: This tutorial describes what an Eclipse working set is and how to use it
Tutorial created using: Windows XP || JDK 1.5.0_09 || Eclipse Web Tools Platform 1.5.4

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As the number of projects that you have in your EclipseSW workspace grows, it can at times become difficult to find the particular resources that you're interested in. For example, in my current workspace I have over 40 projects, a portion of which are shown below in the Navigator view.

Navigator View

Thankfully, Eclipse has 'Working Sets', which can help solve this problem. A Working Set is a subset of your Eclipse projects. You can create different Working Sets and then select which Working Set to display in the Navigator view.

To create a Working Set, you can click the small downward arrow in the upper right corner of the Navigator view and go to 'Select Working Set...'

Select Working Set

I'll click the 'New...' button to create a new Working Set.

New Working Set

I would like to Working Set to be a set of Resources (ie, projects), so I select 'Resource' and then click 'Next'.


I set the Working Set name to 'Demo Working Set' and then check the 'ant-utilities', 'graphics', and 'icons' project checkboxes. After that I click 'Finish'.

Resource Working Set

I click the 'Selected Working Sets' radio button and then check the 'Demo Working Set' checkbox to select it. I then click 'OK'.

Select Working Set

Now, in the Navigator view, we see only the 3 projects that we selected in the Working Set that we created. Cool, huh?

Working Set in Navigator View

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