Once you’ve got your IDE set up just to your liking, it would be painful to start over with default settings. So what if you switch to a new computer? You’d want to take all your settings and preferences with you, not attempt to recreate them from scratch.
As far as I know, Netbeans does not have the ability to export / import your custom settings. That’d be a real handy feature. But for now we have to get by without it.
I’ve found two posts on the topic:
I will try these, when I get my new laptop set up with Netbeans, and will update this post with a story of success or failure.
UPDATE: I did try this, and it did work.
Here is what worked:
To transfer the settings, I copied the Editors, Preferences, and org-netbeans-api-project-libraries folders located in the .netbeans\6.9\config folder under my Windows user account to the second Netbeans config folder. (Note: I went from Netbeans 6.9 on one computer to Netbeans 7.0 on another.)
I was concerned that because the Netbeans versions were not the same, something would go awry. But rest assured, nothing blew up. I imagine certain version combinations may not play nicely together, though. YMMV.