If you want a different theme and syntax highlighting for your code in Eclipse, or if you are just tired of looking at text at a white background and want to try something new, you can easily switch to a different theme.

Download and install the Eclipse plugin called Eclipse Color Themes. It can also be installed via the Eclipse update manager:

  1. In the top menu, go to Help -> Install new Software -> Add source
  2. and enter the plugin url (like pictured): http://eclipse-color-theme.github.com/update ect
  3. select the plugin for installation, and finish the installation.
  4. at the end of the installation, select OK to restart Eclipse.
  5. Go to Window -> Preferences -> General -> Appearance -> Color theme To select your new theme, for example Sublime Text 2, if you like its nice and dark theme. ect-prefs
  6. Restart Eclipse to avoid screw-ups

You can compare the Eclipse default theme, to Sublime Text 2, in the picture below.

(You might also want to change the default font to Consolas or some other font that is a bit smoother and easier on the eyes.)