Tabs Studio - document tabs manager for Visual Studio IDE.

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With Tabs Studio, you can better manage all open documents in Visual Studio, grouped and organized most efficiently. This Visual Studio add-in supports VS 2013/2012/2010/2008/2005, SSMS and will especially come handy when you open many tabs at once.

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2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2005
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5/4/2014
3.2.0
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by pmhl | July 09 2014

This is the best thing since sliced bread.

by J.Robinson | June 30 2014

I looked all weekend for a replacement for this program over the weekend and it was time wasted. Sergey has created a great program and I'm glad I came to post a review... b/c apparently I didn't know about half of the functionality or of the addins. I've always used it to keep a stacked row of tabs open and I thought that's all it did. I can't wait to play around with some of the settings like highlighting, pinning, and colors.

The only thing that comes close to this extension is Productivity Tools, but it doesn't have the stacked tabs. This is one of my favorite extensions, second only to ReSharper. Well worth the money, keep up the great work!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that the developer is very quick responding to emails, support or otherwise.

by Michael Roper | May 31 2014

For every other tabbed document interface I use (VS without TS, a couple of other text editors and my web browsers), a double-click on the tab closes the tab. I can't figure out how to make that work with TS. I know I can use middle-click, but my long-ingrained habit is double-click.

Sergey Vlasov June 02 2014
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Michael,

I've created the CloseClick add-in that closes the tab on double-click. Please, have a look: http://www.tabsstudio.com/download/addins/CloseClick_100.zip

by PeriMCS | May 27 2014

When you color your tabs it's almost impossible to see which tab is active (at least in VS 2013 dark theme).

When you uninstall it it leaves it's toolbar in VS and you have to remove it by hand. But it is still there in the list of possible to add toolbars. You can add it back but it will not work. Very bad!

Sergey Vlasov May 27 2014
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With tab coloring you have full control over tab background and can use tab states (selected, previously selected, mouse over etc.) as conditions. Can you post your tab coloring rules here?

What version of Tabs Studio did you use? I can't reproduce the toolbar problem after uninstallation with v3.2.0.

by bredennis | March 21 2014

Hi. This appears awesome. Would you be able to add tab pinning as per Productivity Power Tools (I know you have Priority Tabs but pinning is so much easier) and have an option to close all but pinned tabs? This would add the final layer of polish :) Thanks, Ben

Sergey Vlasov March 24 2014
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Ben,

Tab pinning in PPT primarily keeps certain tabs from hiding. As in Tabs Studio all tabs are always visible, can you please elaborate what you want to achieve by "pinning"?

In addition to PriorityGroup you can also use Marker to highlight some tabs (it also includes the "Close all but highlighted" command).

by P. Crouzet | January 13 2014

Slows down file opening (I use Visual Studio 2012), but multi line tab display is very useful (not slow when files are opened).

Sergey Vlasov January 14 2014
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Sorry for this problem. Normally, Tabs Studio overhead on file opening should be very small and not noticeable. How long is this additional delay on your machine?

by dyesdyes9 | December 31 2013

Really practical. It made my life really easier. Just amazing, thanks!
Sergey Vlasov is really responsive and solved my install issue right away

by mirsamar | May 08 2013

More improvements needed. I would like if following facilities were implemented;

- It should be possible to view all tabs (all the time) in x number of rows, even if 50 tabs where open there should be x number of tabs rows, showing all tabs.

- It should be possible to group tabs and have them placed a fixed place, like on the most top row and the most left place.

Sergey Vlasov May 08 2013
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mirsamar,
To keep selected tabs in the top left corner, you can use the PriorityGroup add-in for Tabs Studio.

by ArthurZ | June 23 2011

Albeit I found this tool advertised awhile ago in the SQL Server Magazine, it is very useful for a code cruncher, too. A week ago I recalled about it and gave it a try to just find out I cannot go back to not using it, it literally saved my professional image! Here is how: as I am more a database person I spend a good chunk of my day in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) to design queries, etc. You may agree that it is very easy to lose track and end up running a SQL statement e.g. an update against the wrong database - almost happened to me. But one thing helped - it was the Tabsstudio! Thing is I color coded the tabs in SSMS to mark visually what database the query window is currently connected to. See an example images here of how I color coded a test database tab http://bit.ly/lXjMgv (yellow) vs. a production database (red) one. I admit some RegEx knowledge is required, but luckily this is tool is for programmers, so utilize the opportunity to learn it and there is always help around e.g. http://www.regxlib.com, besides, to color code the tabs to suite my needs I used a very simple RegEx: ^.*AdventureWorks.*$

by Dave [WynApse] | February 23 2011

No matter how much I try, I always find myself with a boat-load of tabs open in VS. Tabs Studio is a lifesaver in that regard. Not only does it keep the xaml and cs files together, but it keeps everything on the screen so I can see them.

I particularly dislike having to run VS on the server now because I can't avail myself of Tabs Studio there, and am always having to search for files, or just give up and double-click it again.

Money very well spent, you won't be disappointed!

by Nick Hustak | February 23 2011

This is one of the few 'must have' add ons for VS. I've been using it for quite a while now I simply can't imagine going back to the standard confusing tabs.

Sergey constantly enhances it and has been very responsive when issues have come up.

Get it - you'll be happy you did.

by AngusX | February 11 2011

Great Tool for Tab ordering, full customizable by own AddIns and fast response from the author if you have some sort of problem.

by Dmitriy Tolmachyov | November 29 2010

With Tabs Studio, on every switch between tabs you will save a little of your nerves and your time. Not much? I repeat: on every switch :) The proof of robustness is that while Sergey is from Russia, he doesn't drink vodka :)

Seriously, this not the first program by Sergey that I use. His programs are especially reliable. I know that Sergey for a long time works on a large American software company, having more than 200 people in one Russian division. Sergey also supports several free products.

Tabs Studio is not the first add-in for VS by Sergey. As far as I know, he started from VS6. Computer security is his work and hobby. Sergey read lectures on it being a student. But he is not a theorist, he is a practician. And unlike many Russian programmers he prefer not to break others programs, but build his own.

by Aleksey Khoroshilov | October 24 2010

Very good add-in. Used it for 30 days (trial) with absolutely no problems, and now I want to buy it.

Advantages (for me):

* Multiple tab rows - is the very useful thing, which original Visual Studio lack of support for some unknown for me reasons.
* Can automatically open connected files (*.h/*.cpp for example).
* Hold both *.h and *.cpp files (in fact - every files with same name) in one tab (the best).

Disadvantages:
* Nope. Works perfect :)

by Vaccanoll | September 28 2010

by Infotech_HTX | Mon 3:11 PM

This is a great add-in for Visual Studio that saves me time and frustration. It not only keeps all of your open files visible, it organizes them as well. No more searching for related files that somehow get seperated by 10 tabs in the normal use of Visual Studio. I uninstalled it for a brief period while I was trouble shooting an unrelated problem with Visual Studio and realized just how much I'd come to depend on it.

The only downside I ran across is that you can no longer drag a tab to the lower part of the screen to split it horizontally. In the end I decided I didn't use that feature enough to put up with the default behaviour of tabs in Visual Studio, nor was it enough to dock this app a star.

by David Corby | July 01 2010

Amazing add-in, configure your tabs just the way you want them.

Solid, I've never run into anything beyond a minor display bug (1 pixel overrun when using it in SQL Management Studio before it was really supported) that the developer worked with me personally to get fixed.

Everyone who keeps more than 5 files at a time open should use this.

by interscape | November 26 2009

I had this add-in installed for 5 minutes, and in that short amount of time, it became the tool I could not live without. It is especially useful for switching between design and code views, but also brings a MUCH needed feature to VS: tab rows.

You will not be able to live without this addin. It must be installed immediately.

by MartinNvP | November 13 2009

Just installed it.
It sprang into action replacing the normal tabs even as I was editing files. Gave me pretty much just what I wanted:
.h & .cpp together :-)

If it keeps working for the next 30 days i'll buy it.

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  • failed to load or caused an exception
    3 Posts | Last post December 31, 2013
    • Hey,
      
      just installed your plug-in for my visual studio 2008.
      
      I receive:
      "The Add-in 'Tabs Studio' failed to load or caused an exception.
      ..."
      
      Error message: <Unknown Error>
      Error Number: 80131417
      
      I tried to repair
      then tried to remove then install
      Nothing changed that
    • This error happens when your My Documents folder is on a network share. You need to add a new code group for the Addins directory with FullTrust to the "Code Access Security Policy". See the following page for more details:
      http://www.tabsstudio.com/documentation/running-tabs-studio-from-a-network-share.html
    • Thanks,, just followed the instructions on the link and it works! :)
  • Install issue
    5 Posts | Last post July 03, 2013
    • Hi,
         Trying to install latest version but getting an error when trying to access a directory on my pc (I have full rights to this directory so it is not a privileges issue)
      Directory Name: Visual Studio 2005/Addins/TabStudioAddins/
      File Name: Navigator.inactive
      
      Strange as I don't have VS2005 installed, only 2010, 2012, 2013 preview.
      
      Regards..
      Peter
      
      Regards..
      Peter
    • Hi,
          Removing the VS2005 Reg keys fixes the issue but then get the same error with pathing to vs2008.
      
      Regards..
      Peter
    • Peter,
      
      Can you please uninstall your current Tabs Studio version and then install the latest one?
      
    • Peter,
      
      See also http://www.tabsstudio.com/documentation/error-writing-to-file-error-1310-when-updating-tabs-studio.html
    • Sergey,
             Uninstalling old version and then install new version worked.
      
      Thanks
      Regards..
      Peter