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editor actions that do not disable? [message #296878] Wed, 04 January 2006 03:40 Go to next message
Damian Biollo is currently offline Damian BiolloFriend
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Registered: July 2009
Junior Member
Hi there,

I was wondering if there is any know good way to make editor actions
(org.eclipse.ui.editorActions) which do not automatically disable when a
view part is activated?

The idea is that I want to add a document-specific menu to the top-level
menu. This menu should only appear when the active editor is of the right
type (which is why I'm using the editorAction extension). However, when a
view, such as Outline or Navigator is activated, I still want all of the
document menu items to be enabled. Currently, the Eclipse implementation is
to always disable menu actions when the editor is deactivated ... I'd rather
that it disable the menu only if getActiveEdtor() returns null.

Any suggestions are welcome!

Re: editor actions that do not disable? [message #296905 is a reply to message #296878] Wed, 04 January 2006 13:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Paul Webster is currently offline Paul WebsterFriend
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Registered: July 2009
Location: Ottawa
Senior Member

Another possible way:

Use an actionSet for your actions. Add an IPartListener2 to the
IWorkbenchPage, so you can listen for part activation events. Then you
can check the active editor, and use IWorkbenchPage#showActionSet(*) and
IWorkbenchPage#hideActionSet(*) to show and hide the actions.


Re: editor actions that do not disable? [message #549869 is a reply to message #296878] Wed, 28 July 2010 09:40 Go to previous message
Johan Ansems is currently offline Johan AnsemsFriend
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Registered: July 2009
Junior Member
Another possibility is to implement a EditorActionBarContributor which contributes your menu and or toolbar actions when your editor is active.

Within this EditorActionBarContributor, implement the contributeToMenu(IMenuManager menuManager)
like the the following:

    public void contributeToMenu(IMenuManager menubar) {
        MenuManager manager = new MenuManager("My Menu");
        manager.setRemoveAllWhenShown(true);//must be set true when the menu manger is dynamically filled
        manager.setOverrides(new IContributionManagerOverrides(){
            public Integer getAccelerator(IContributionItem item) {
                return null;
            public String getAcceleratorText(IContributionItem item) {
                return null;

            public Boolean getEnabled(IContributionItem item) {
                return Boolean.TRUE;

            public String getText(IContributionItem item) {
                return null;

            public Boolean getVisible(IContributionItem item) {
                return null;
        menubar.insertAfter(IWorkbenchActionConstants.MB_ADDITIONS, manager);

Note: some action need to be added to see the effect Smile

By setting a custom IContributionManagerOverrides implemented class to your menu manager,
you have the ability to decide if the menu manager contents should be enabled or not.
If this is not set, your menu manager will use IContributionManagerOverrides implemented class of its parent,
which disables your actions at the moment when your editor is not selected.
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