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Bug 37134 - Tabbed UI: Document-per-tab (similar to Firefox, Opera, gedit) MDI
Summary: Tabbed UI: Document-per-tab (similar to Firefox, Opera, gedit) MDI
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
URL: https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/questi...
: 37806 38401 42429 53251 54078 64847 71451 104021 106768 111431 114250 123307 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Writer-Enhancements UI
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Reported: 2011-05-12 05:19 UTC by msjasinski
Modified: 2019-07-27 00:25 UTC (History)
36 users (show)

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Description msjasinski 2011-05-12 05:19:23 UTC
Similar to Firefox, Opera, gedit. This would truly make a killer-feature and hugely improve usability and productivity.

There is even an abandoned extension that does it; still working to some extent:


Relevant ticket in OOO buglist:

Comment 1 Tom 2011-05-28 10:52:36 UTC

An increasing amount of users have already said they would greatly appreciate having tabs.  People didn't think that tabs would be useful in web-browsers either but imagine trying to go back now!  I think tabs would best best as a vertical stripe down the side rather than across the top.
Regards from Tom :)
Comment 2 Duncan Lithgow 2011-06-15 10:31:27 UTC
+1 If you agree that this would be a great feature to add to OpenOffice/LibreOffice, add yourself to the CC list, everyone can see how many people are subscribed and if the number gets high enough it might get some attention.
Comment 4 vitriol 2011-10-31 07:00:14 UTC
*** Bug 42429 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Björn Michaelsen 2011-12-23 12:05:36 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 Adolfo Jayme 2012-07-11 09:24:40 UTC
Another +1 for this. This is something to forward to the design team so they can decide on the best positioning of the tab bar so it does not become obtrusive.
Comment 7 Urmas 2012-08-10 11:45:57 UTC
*** Bug 53251 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 8 Urmas 2012-08-26 12:37:06 UTC
*** Bug 54078 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 František 2012-10-06 04:46:11 UTC
Tabbed interface is interesting idea. I would like to leave few remarks before you start to implement it.

I am heavy user of tabs in Firefox. Usually have 10+ and sometime two windows full of tabs. I use them in Finder (mac) thanks to TotalFinder too.

First I'm heavy keyboard shortcuts user. When idea is not well implemented it can be nightmare. Mouse clickers will be fine anyway but not keyboard users.
Apps that use tabs usually employ own set of shortcut to switch between tabs if they employ one. They can have different one on different platform. It can became mess a bit.
And shortcuts that work for US user may not work for international users because keys are not common on their keyboard layouts and nobody paid attention to that.

I'm Mac and WinXP user. You have to have computer in head to keep all those variants in mind and be able to use them.

In Finder I have no clue how cycle through window with command+` because I have to enter apostrofe with character viewer. And not sore I have right key on PC keyboard i use with mac.

For example:
Firefox on Mac use command++alt+arrow, on Win it use ctlr+tab and ctrl+shift+tab that is difficult for one hand
Safari om Mac use command+shift+arrow, on Win I don't know.
Finder on Mac use that weird command+` but I use ctl+tab thanks to Witch extension.

When you have all document as separate windows you can switch easily with alt+tab on windows. I do not know whether I can switch them in LO on Mac at all. I can but with help of Witch.

So please implement it with that in mind. Tabbed interface requiring a mouse to be usable would be downgrade.

Thanks a lot.

Comment 10 Jiero 2013-02-19 05:22:03 UTC
5 more people want this, http://forum.ubuntu.org.cn/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=401081

Because many Chinese tend to have only modifiable documents for exchange purpose; tab make copy / refer to other documents easier.

They also request split docuement view, allow 2 docment display in single instance together.

I don't need those functions though.
Comment 11 henry cui 2013-03-26 05:33:33 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 12 Hannes Dorn 2013-05-06 11:10:45 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 13 Adolfo Jayme 2013-05-24 18:01:05 UTC
*** Bug 64847 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 14 Urmas 2013-11-10 20:12:24 UTC
*** Bug 71451 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 15 Soumya Boral 2013-11-11 07:50:30 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 16 Adolfo Jayme 2013-12-15 20:05:27 UTC
*** Bug 42429 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 17 David Delma 2013-12-19 06:00:15 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 18 Armandos 2014-01-21 15:44:39 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 19 Amain 2014-04-03 15:37:12 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 20 Owen Genat (retired) 2014-09-15 11:23:08 UTC
Summary amended for clarity (better distinction from bug 33173).
Comment 21 Valter Mura 2014-10-05 11:18:10 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 22 Marina Latini (CIB) 2014-11-10 09:23:32 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 23 Urmas 2014-11-10 09:57:08 UTC
The code for such things was written in 1994 and no one is going to touch it without a solid incentive. "+1", "I need that feature", etc. comments are, on the other hand, just spam.
Comment 24 Gabriele Ponzo 2014-11-10 11:29:35 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 25 isosunti 2014-12-09 18:16:54 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 26 Alex 2016-02-24 08:27:48 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 27 Zenaan Harkness 2016-08-30 14:52:59 UTC
Could be considered to be dependent on bug #33232 (workspaces), but also note that there is some negative feedback described in bug #101776, where "tabbed views" are not considered kosher at this point in time.

However, the good news is that workspaces seems to have some traction, and tabbed (multi document) views as in here, seem quite popular (I too am a great fan - but what I really want is configurable workspaces and many and flexible options for navigation aids - surely we deserve the best :)

Also, tabs are certainly needed to make the proprietary Adobe DreamWeaver obsolete - see bug #101772
Comment 28 V Stuart Foote 2016-11-19 13:55:58 UTC
*** Bug 104021 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 29 Rahan son of craow 2016-11-19 17:28:03 UTC Comment hidden (duplicate, me-too)
Comment 30 Rahan son of craow 2016-11-19 17:28:40 UTC Comment hidden (me-too, obsolete)
Comment 31 V Stuart Foote 2017-03-26 13:39:13 UTC
*** Bug 106768 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 32 J.M. Hardin 2017-04-08 18:12:49 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 33 Lynne Connolly 2017-06-19 16:18:06 UTC
I want a tabbed inteface sooo much! I'm a big user of LibreOffice, and my life would be vastly improved by a tabbed interface! It's there in Textmaker and WP Office, neither of which are as good as LO, so it's possible. I work on one document, but have others loaded for reference, so splitting the windows onscreen isn't appropriate. Switching between windows is much slower and much less efficient. 
Maybe as an extension?
Comment 34 URxvt 2017-10-12 23:21:23 UTC

I wish this option as well, mainly in LibreOffice Base. It would be good to organize tables, queries, forms and reports with tabs instead of windows.

In a normal workflow, it's common to have a lot of windows open. I know I can switch between them using Alt+Tab. However, using Ctrl+Tab would be even better.

What I always liked from Access is the only window showing all the content organized with tabs. One program, one window. And then switch between them using Ctrl+Tab or the mouse.

Is it difficult to implement?

Comment 35 V Stuart Foote 2017-12-05 19:14:37 UTC
*** Bug 114250 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 36 Timur 2019-02-14 13:15:48 UTC
*** Bug 123307 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 37 Milos Sramek 2019-02-28 08:28:12 UTC
I would appreciate this feature a lot. The four most used programs by me are Firefox, gnome-terminal, gvim and LibreOffice. Three of them have tabs, but LO not. I miss it.
Comment 38 Roman Kuznetsov 2019-03-12 16:14:08 UTC
*** Bug 33173 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 39 V Stuart Foote 2019-03-12 16:48:16 UTC
*** Bug 37806 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 40 V Stuart Foote 2019-03-12 16:48:32 UTC
*** Bug 38401 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 41 V Stuart Foote 2019-03-12 16:48:44 UTC
*** Bug 111431 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 42 V Stuart Foote 2019-03-12 16:49:03 UTC
*** Bug 121809 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***