Cheers to David Currie for pointing out how to disable the focus grabbing ability of the console view in WID (and Eclipse). I’d just like to add that in the property page where you turn off the auto-focus, you can also either disable or greatly increase the size of the scroll back buffer. I usually turn the option off and manually clear the console view. This ensures that I keep all the SystemOut information I need while I’m developing. As we all know, exceptions from the server can be very long.