Changing the default Look and Feel of NetBeans
August 26, 2011

Why change the default Look and Feel?

Aesthetics apart, every developer should change the default Look and Feel of NetBeans. Why? because it has an annoying bug. Here’s what happens: you’re pumping code in the NetBeans code editor like crazy. You need to switch to another window for a quick copy / paste from your eternal library of super code. You press ALT + TAB, you go to your other window, you press CTRL + C, you press ALT + TAB, you’re in NetBeans again getting ready to kick your paste operation using CTRL + V… but… but… you’re no longer editing the code! You’re now navigating the menu! ANNOYING! SHOW STOPPER!

Luckily, it turns out this is a bug in the Windows Look and Feel of Java (Which NetBeans uses by default). Time to change it of course. Read on.

Note: I’m running NetBeans IDE 6.7.1 under Windows XP SP3 / Java SDK 1.6. If you have a different version, this bug might not manifest (Lucky you!).

8 Steps to change the default NetBeans Look and Feel

  1. Download the three .nbm files from NetBeans substance look and feel plugin
  2. Open NetBeans. Go to Tools -> Plugins -> Downloaded
  3. Click on Add Plugins and add the three downloaded .nbm files (You have to add them one by one)
  4. Make sure the three files are selected, click Install, and follow through
  5. Restart NetBeans
  6. Go to Tools -> Options -> Miscellaneous -> Look and Feel
  7. Choose your preferred Look and Feel and Restart NetBeans again
  8. Enjoy

References

ALT + TAB switching to/from netbeans on Windows
http://forums.netbeans.org/topic5465.html

NetBeans substance look and feel plugin (Project’s home page)
http://kenai.com/projects/nbsubstance/pages/Home

NetBeans IDE – Look and Feel
http://netbeanside61.blogspot.com/2008/05/netbeans-ide-look-and-feel.html

JTattoo
http://www.jtattoo.net


Technology Development Open Source

Share this post


Written by
Mario Awad

Founder of SOFTKUBE, lead developer, and getting things done addict. Passionate about open source, user interface design, business development, and the tech world.

More about Mario Awad


About
SOFTKUBE

A small team of experts developing simple, usable, and high-quality web solutions. We blog about business, entrepreneurship, web development, and technology.

More about us


Recent Posts

Shared Office Space for Rent in Dekwaneh, Beirut, Lebanon as a Professional Work Environment

Transform your Custom PHP Script into a Globally Available CLI Command

Using Google for Live Unit Conversions

Declaring a Constant Array in PHP

View all posts


All Posts Categories

Business CLI Development Downloads Drupal Email Google Apps Multilingualism Open Source PHP Security SEO Technology Windows Zend Framework