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Click default on *.xml and Text editor

Close all files and then try to open an XML file again.


In eclipse IDE,right click the xml file and click openwith then click generic text editor


For people who are looking for a simple text based XML editor, the default XML editor in Eclipse comes with a text based view with syntax highlighting (as it should). It's just not intuitive to know this view exists.

  • After you open the file with "XML Editor" the text view can be toggled by clicking on the "Source" tab on the bar just below the file.

By default the view is "Design". "Source" is the simple text based view with syntax highlighting.

For a much better illustration, see:

How do I view xml in Eclipse with simple syntax highlighting?


My problem was that I opened the pom.xml with the maven editor - I wanted it to be opened with the maven editor but to open in the "source" view - achieved it by:

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