I am using Eclipse Java IDE for Web Developers (Oxygen.3a.Release (4.7.3a)) on Ubuntu 16.04.4 and within code I am unable to delete the previous word relative to my text pointer. The command is supposed to be Ctrl + Backspace, but this doesn't work. The command Ctrl + Del does not work either.

Is this a known problem/bug? Is there a way to fix it?

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  • I have the same problem and I'm running Fedora + Cinnamon. /bump
    – Neil
    Jul 4, 2018 at 5:55

2 Answers 2


I faced the same issue with a fresh installation of Eclipse 4.9 on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

I noticed that not only Ctrl+Backspace did not work, but in fact a lot more, e.g. Ctrl+Delete or Ctrl+->/<-.

It seems that this issue is caused by a bug in the Eclipse's welcome screen. To resolve the issue follow these steps:

  1. Restart Eclipse.
  2. Uncheck "Always show Welcome at start up" in the bottom right corner.
  3. Restart Eclipse.

This question and answer on SO led me to the right direction.


@trylimits' solution works perfectly well. However, there might be some cases when you are not in a position to restart the IDE / workspace (maybe you are running localhost server) - and you are really used to ctrl + backspacing and the like; I have a quicker workaround - just close and reopen any file that you need to edit. The bug only affects files that were open at start (behind the welcome screen).

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