Sunday, April 12, 2009

Latest Google Toolbar Globally Hijacks Ctrl-Space, Causes Massive Eclipse Irritation

I installed the latest version of the Google Toolbar a couple of days ago. Shortly thereafter, I did a bit of work in Eclipse and noticed that Ctrl-Space no longer invoked Eclipse Content Assist, but rather brought up a "helpful" Google search window. I have since learned that Google calls this the "quick search box", and the behavior is system-wide, at least on Windows. More importantly, I discovered how to turn it off: There is an option for it in the Google Toolbar Options dialog as shown below. Certainly they could have come up with something better than Ctrl-Space, couldn't they?

9 comments:

Tommy said...

Thanks a lot!!! I use CTRL-SPACE to remove formating in M$ Office, espacially when pasting text from a webpage.

And I have tried tools to detect who has hijacked my hot-key, but I never found it.

But thanks to Google (ironic, ha) I found this blog.

Vincent said...

Thanks a lot..
Ctrl+space is also used in dotnet to show the business intelligence dropdown..

재훈 said...

Saved me!!!
Very useful infomation!!
From john, South Korea

Jonathan said...

Caught me with Visual Studio as well.

Brett said...

Caught me with all my editors. You'd think Google's developers who made this might have caught on to that!!!

Scott said...

Thank you. This just saved me lost time trying to find the solution.

Curmudgeon said...

This also interfered with NetBeans API pop-ups. And I too used Google to find this solution (the wording in the Google Tools Options appeared to be deliberately chosen to make it difficult to identify what the option really controlled!).

Please, Google--move your search option shortcut to some lesser used place!

Farhan said...

You are a life saver

Julie said...

Ok. its a year after your post but your advice has helped me hugely today. some other site was trying to explain the 'quick search' thing and it made completely no sense. thanks for the plain language :-)