We need more Tabs in Software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by AhmedFaisal, Apr 1, 2004.

  1. AhmedFaisal Guest

    After browsing around with Safari all day and working with Photoshop, Office and Finder a realization struck me...

    We need more Tabs. Tab-View in Safari is a great feature to reduce window clutter. Now why can't this be implemented in Finder? So if I navigate between 5 different locations why do I need to have 5 different Finder Windows open instead of having Finder use tabs for the 5 locations? Or if I work with several pictures in Photoshop, why not display them with tabs instead of having 5 individual windows which I have to move back and forth? Or if I work with a couple of letters in Word, why can't word display them as Tabs instead of individual windows. Tabs are great, I want more tabs. Of course it should be an optional feature, but a feature like that I would like a lot!

  2. HexMonkey Administrator


    Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    New Zealand
    I agree, pretty much every document based application could take advantage of tabs. I'm surprised more developers haven't taken up the opportunity.

    For editable documents, one important feature would be drag and drop between tabs, eg in Finder you could drag a file from one tab to another and the new tab would be selected (sort of like spring loaded folders, except the tab opens in the same window).

    A tabbed Dock would be useful too.
  3. AhmedFaisal thread starter Guest

    Yep, that is exactly what I was thinking about in regard to Finder. Same goes for other Apps. Like in Word, I select a piece of text, and then drag it via the tab over to the other document and drop it there and voila, there it is.

  4. crenz macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2003
    Shanghai, China
    Yes! Thanks for expressing my thoughts. I constantly wish for tabs in Terminal (I know there's a Terminal that has them, but it has other problems, last time i checked) and BBEdit Lite. Anybody know a good editor with regex replacement and syntax highlighting that does tabs also?

    I currently use three different concepts to organize my windows:

    1. Tabs (in Safari)
    2. Exposé (for those programs where I have a lot of windows open, e.g. BBEdit)
    3. Virtual Desktops (with Desktop manager), to organize work topics
  5. lucasraggers macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2003
    I use Desktop Manager as well, it's great! In future releases you will be able to drag 'n drop from one 'work topic' to another. Can't wait!
  6. Sabbath macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2003
    I've been thinking about this too.

    Tabs everywhwere (ok where useful) especially in finder is definitely something to look forward to. It seems so obvious you would think it would be coming soon. They could just make it an option as in safari so as not to confuse those who dont care about this sort of thing.
  7. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    I myself use firefox 0.8 and it has a great tab implementation also. I love tabs and would love to see them in more apps.

    anyone that has not used firefox should try it out. its scrolling speed alone hooked me for good. its tabs are as good or better than safari's. also, it seems to work with more sites on a general level.
  8. New Guy macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2002
    For me the only way Tabs would work on a system level is if I dragged a window on top of another window's menu bar it would spawn a new tab. It would need to work in reverse as well. If I drag a tab out of a window it would spawn a new window.

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