I had a fun conversation with @tmuth today: I attempted to distill my entire tips & tricks ‘sermon’ down to a single suggestion.

For productivity, I suggest every user get comfortable with Document Tab Groups.

Tab Groups are shown concurrently in the SQL Developer desktop display
Tab Groups are shown concurrently in the SQL Developer desktop display

So if you want to work on a stored procedure while you browse a table, right click on your document tab, and add a new document tab group. This allows you to SEE more than one editor at once.

You can add as many as your monitor will support in terms of display real estate.

You can drag and drop documents from one group to another.

If you have an external monitor, I suggest you become familiar with ‘float’ing editors as well.

Right-click to 'float' and to 'dock' it back to primary desktop space.
Right-click to ‘float’ and to ‘dock’ it back to primary desktop space.

I apologize for the rehashed material, but I read recently that someone needs to hear something like seven times before it ‘clicks.’

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I'm a Master Product Manager at Oracle for Oracle SQL Developer. My mission is to help you and your company be more efficient with our database tools.

3 Comments

  1. Parley Kennelly Reply

    You don’t have to right-click to move a tab to another group or screen. You can just left-click and drag the tab where you want it to be.

    • thatjeffsmith

      you don’t have to do that either, do what works for you 🙂

      I prefer the right-click as sometimes the proposed docking locations on the drag-the-tab aren’t what I want

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