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?