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
Waldemar Haszlakiewicz commented
Yes having an arbitrary number of tabs rows would be wonderful.
You can go multiple ways to do this:
1. Add an option to create multiple pinned rows -> if user enabled the support for pinned rows and user pinned the first item all the pinned tab rows would show (even the empty ones). In this way user could drag and drop tabs between the pinned rows and select the item tab level he/she wants.
2. Add fixed number of rows and that is it (showing the empty rows too) -> user would define how many tab rows it wants and he/she could drag and drop between them.
3. Instead of the Pin tab option you could have 'Rise/Lower tab level' and with that you could show only the rows that have any tabs on it and the tab would have its own level ("tab row"). With this you could have left mouse down + up/down mouse movement is level change or double click "unpin it".
Multiple tab rows is really important feature specially now that native resolution 4k monitors are available and desktop space is not a problem anymore.
I'm waiting this feature a lot of time.
They were so useful in Delphi IDE
Ian Thomas commented
The "Show pinned tabs in separate row" option actually uses as many rows as it needs. I find this provides the best of both worlds - I might have two rows of pinned tabs with my important documents, then a third row with my unpinned tabs (which might be many more documents)
S. Wright commented
I would like to see a vertical tab well that can be moved around and docked the way the solution explorer can. Tabs Studio has this functionality but it doesn't have the auto-randomized coloring of tabs, which is a really nice feature.
Serge Populov commented
There is some trade off in VS 2013:
Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Tabs and Windows -> Show pinned tabs in separate row
But I'd preffer to have fair mutiline tabs option.
I've tried "Tabs Studio" and it's pretty good, but has its own set of limitations.
I'd love to see VS allow us to define the number tab rows. In 2013 we can pin the tabs and thus get 2 rows, but why stop at 2? I'd like to organize my tabs by grouping similar ones in their own rows. In my current project, I'd like 5 rows with between 1 and 8 tabs per row and I would like to drag and drop them to have them in the order I want.
Please implement a variable number of tab rows.
Productivity Power Tools for VS2010 had two tab rows and this made a tremendous difference because I use an HPw2408h monitor in portrait mode exclusively.
One of the benefits was that my pinned tabs stayed on the top row, while my un-pinned tabs went to a second row.
Portrait mode is GREAT for viewing code, but it means that one row of the horizontal tab row is too short, and the vertical tabs are "totally" inappropriate (try them on a portrait monitor if you don't believe me!).
My preference would be to let the user set a maximum number of tab rows, and if the user chooses two or more, switching to at least two rows whenever pinned tabs are present.
Dan Ludwig commented
I asked Amy Hartwig about this @vslive vegas, and was told it was already here as a feedback item. Would like to see the multi-row feature added too. I remember it was part of the productivity power tools, and though many of those features are making it into the vs 11 package, this one seems to have been left behind. I too want to see the document/tab well move to multiple rows when overflowed.