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For pre-written block of code, first do the settings as suggested by Don and then select that piece of code and right click Source Code->Format and the formatting would take place as per the settings done in the preferences.


In addition to the methods of changing the settings and ctrl-shift-f to apply, these settings can be done on a per project basis. Simply right-click on your project, choose properties, Java Code Style, and enable the checkbox for "enable project specific settings."

I find this invaluable for use between projects I work on to configure it to match a particular client style, along with other settings to try to match code formatting of existing code. This way, you won't upset other people but can still use your own style on other code bases. :)


Coming from C# background I couldn't come to grips with built in Java formatting of Eclipse.

With some effort I managed to get most of what Visual Studio used to offer me. Here is an XML version of it. You can import the file..

Preferences->Java->Code Style->Formatter->Import->Apply

Additionally see arguments on which approach is better on our sister site..


The simplest and global way: Go to Window -> Preferences. Then in search put: "brace". enter image description here

Select -> Java -> Code Style-> Formatter After opening new window go to brace tab and change it as you prefer.


Current versions of eclipse have a more convenient way of doing this.

Go to Preferences->Java->Code Style->Formatter

Click on edit, and on the new opened window, go to the Braces tab. Here you can choose how different types of blocks of code organize their curly braces.

Hope this helps any who google this, and find this post. (Like myself)

Regards to all!


Yes, edit your active profile (Java...Code Style...Formatter), and change the brace positions to the next line. Also, in Java..Editor..Typing, you can have it automatically insert your braces at the correct position.

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