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Support multiple rows of document tabs

It would be really nice if the IDE allowed multiple rows of document tabs. Currently, I'm using the "Tabs Studio" add-in for this (http://www.tabsstudio.com). See here for an example: http://www.tabsstudio.com/documentation/addins/several-tabs-highlighted-with-the-default-style.png

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      • verelpode commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Multiple tab rows would also be very useful in Microsoft Edge, in addition to Visual Studio.

      • Art W commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        yes, please add (back) the support for multiple tab rows. Make it configurable so that users who prefer the overflow can still have it.
        With the overflow I always just forget how many files I have open at one time, then I click the picklist to find that one file and i see a monstrous mess. If I see all the tabs all the time I can "prune" it as I work during the day/week.
        This is basic feature. we are not asking for colored tabs, grouping etc, just let us see all the open tabs. You already almost have it via pinned tabs. MS keeps prioritizing many esoteric features (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/ide/whats-new-in-visual-studio) but does not have time to implement basic and standard features? This seems to be a recurring theme across most of MS products.

      • Paul Sinclair commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This should be a prioritization.. its essential to workflow.. .. do it already

        notepad++ has had it for years..

      • Jay commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You know, you do sort of already support it with "new horizontal group". How about just modifying this feature so when the tab bar gets full, the system spawns another bar... and doesn't split the window.

        We coders who have to jockey around in a dozen or more tables and other views are dying on the vine. Even the MDI interface in SS 2008 was a lot better than the tab nightmare in the current product.

        With all of Microsoft's billions, you might even try to buy source code from tabsstudio.com.

      • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If you implement this, please make it configurable. I definitely do NOT want multiple rows of document tabs taking up even more vertical screen space.

      • Jérôme G. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm really waiting for this improvement. Already done in a lot of editors, I'm sure you can do it ;-)

      • scott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        if Multi-row tabs are implemented, only showing multi-rows when hovering over the tabs would be a nice option (to save screen real estate)

      • Kochise commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Visual C++ 6.0 had it, Notepad++ have it, why should we have to pay $99/seat to get it through a plugin in (Visual Studio) 2017 ?

        I remember having used WndTabs ( http://www.wndtabs.com/ ) that even added more functionalities like selecting where to show tabs (up or down the edit frame) or grouping same named files into a same tab, adding a button per extension (like \_test [.c][.h]_/) to limit the number of tabs and finding the 'couples' more easily.

        The source code of WndTabs is open, so it's not like it is a big deal to implement these things in Visual Studio.

      • Waldemar Haszlakiewicz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I really don't understand why you don't create a multi-line support. That is it, that was the request and not custom buttons or coloring or ....

        For me the ultimate thing that you could do is to just add the support for multiple lines and multiple columns.. a standard grid of "rows" into which you could move the files (drag and drop that is it). So that I could say I want to have 5 rows with 2 columns per row.
        And if you would have some kind of a color support for every cell/group then that would be already more then asked.

        Hopefully you know that we now have 4k monitor and that 2 rows Tabs (unpined/pinned) window is not enough anymore.

      • Zingam of'Erkhenrang commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We really need a little bit more than that.
        Make tabs group too like designer + source code tab and a separate SINGLE button/shortcut to switch between both quickly - no need for two separate tabs. Or the same goes for resource files, etc.

      • feidakila commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        this is a must for me along with split screen horizontally and vertically (so useful in big screens)

      • Ernie Bird commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I WILL FIND THIS SUGGESTION INVALUABLE TO ME, WHEN DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE ACHIEVED
        Ernie

      • Art W commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        when any of MS representatives says "We’re currently reviewing the suggestion for a potential future release" for any of their products it basically means "no" or "not in a million years" at best.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would be nice to be able to group tabs with the same name (for example, I'd like to associate vbhtml, controller, and js tabs and easily navigate between these tabs having the same name).

      • Daniel Kaufmann commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Dropdown selection on the right:
        Some times when having 50 classes opened, you acn't even find the tab. it would be cool to have a filter on the Dropdown next to the Tabs. or grouping by Project.
        Or mark/highlight all Tabs that also belong to the currently selected Project.

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      • Just Nothing commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Normally you would have just some important documents which you are currently working on, so just make them sticky (we already have this sticky button on each tab header), even the number of documents can be larger, just make them sticky, all sticky tabs will be always shown and organized in multiple lines (if many enough). Adding this desired feature here is some kind of making things more complicated, we don't need such complication.

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