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:
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 :)
+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.
Relevant discussions in nabble:
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
I think it's a usefull function.It's easy to switch in multiple documents.
Document tabs would be very nice. There is even an extension for Microsoft Office available: http://www.office-tabs.com/download.htm. I want that for Libre Office.
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I have also opened a similar one as a bug and it has been marked as duplicate... Here I see that a lot of people want to have this feature. I would request LibreOffice developers to look at this issue. This would really be a great idea.... The tabs can be on top ( like MS OneNote ) or at the bottom ( Like MS Excel ).
Please add this feature to LibreOffice Writer. It would really be of great help.
# +1 Many people are waiting for it. Some fans of ODF jumped in kingsoft office http://wps-community.org/ because of its modern looking interface that combines nicely tabs sidebar and ribbon. I vote for tabbed interface because most people here refuse to use Libreoffice/openoffice because of their interface. -- ~~~~
+1 for this feature. I have partially switched to Kingsoft Office due to the usefulness of this feature in my daily workload.
Like others, I'm disappointed that LibreOffice doesn't have tabbed browsing. It would be a great feature.
May a developer answer? Why no one try to implement it?
Summary amended for clarity (better distinction from bug 33173).
+1 also for me. This should be really useful if combined with a shortcut such as Ctrl-Tab for quick switching...
a tabbed UI is very useful for me.
BTW, remember to add you vote here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Vote_for_Enhancement
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.
+1 I agree with this enhancement and in particular with Tom (Comment 1), Frantisek (C. 9), Valter (C. 21).
I disagree with Urmas (C. 23) because our "+1" are just demonstration of how much this feature is wanted and thus voted to try sending it up in priority. Many of us are (just like me) involved and committed in community, even if not developers.
+1 in (almost) the year 2015 for tabbed browsing....
+1 This is a fantastic idea. Would really set LO apart in usefulness.
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
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I think it's a very good idea.
The linear view is a 20th centuryconcept. Because it's fit to be printed.
The tabs view is a 21th century concept. Because a lot of texts are used only in computer and need an other arrangement.
Tabs, sub tabs, colors, categories... we need thoses !
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I'm a big user of tabs in Chrome, Firefox, and Dolphin. It's a big pain to not be able to use document tabs in OpenOffice. In 2017 most apps that can have documents/sites use tabs and now it's a standard practice in software. Please bring OpenOffice into the 21st century. OpenOffice is a part of the standard install for most Linux distributions (including SolydK, which is what I use), I don't want to switch to another office productivity app just to be able to switch between multiple documents.
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?
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?
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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.
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Changing priority to 'high' since the number of duplicates is 5 or higher
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(In reply to Xisco Faulí from comment #43)
> Changing priority to 'high' since the number of duplicates is 5 or higher
Thank you soooo much! I added some screen shots. To really understand the power of tabbed divisions you really have to use them for a while or pick up one of the old books on eBay.
It will install under Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. You have to first enable the Administrator account, not just be logged in with administrator privs. The same "might" work for Windows 10 but most claim the product simply either won't install or run under Windows 10. Might want to create XP VM for testing.
Definitely install in a VM. The common complaint is that it installs older versions of fonts over top of newer, better looking versions of the same fonts. Some instructions on how to "fix" that can be found in the comments at this download link.
Another supposed download link.
The only difficult thing is getting the LWP spec. I haven't seen it in years. There appears to now be a murky little circle still understanding it. Deb printing claims to support everything under the sun.
This document converter site also claims to support it.
Yes, LO claims LWP support, but, as others monitoring this will most likely chime in, not really. I had an awful lot of lwp files from back in the day, some of which I needed. I used to use the VM->WordPro->File-SaveAs to get the bulk of them. Launching network search now to find any remaining. If they are not for companies still in business and not for systems still in use I will provide. Most of that stuff was created during my OS/2 Warp days so it should be relatively safe to allow into the wild.
Just finished testing install on Windows 10 64-bit Pro from CD. Works just fine. Must be Admin, not just a user with Admin privs. Had to install printer in VM. Default Oracle Virtualbox will have NAT as network device setup. This allows Internet but not local net access. Must changed to Bridged for local network printer access. Sadly you won't have Internet access then. Thankfully you can change this on the fly without restarting the VM.
NAS is taking it's sweet time hunting for .lwp extensions.
Could this be done as an extra toolbar? Then it could be arranged as the user likes, or hidden if wished. A toolbar with all the open documents listed on it, and the ability to switch from one document to another, and to rearrange the tabs with drag and drop.
(In reply to Lynne Connolly from comment #50)
> Could this be done as an extra toolbar? Then it could be arranged as the
> user likes, or hidden if wished. A toolbar with all the open documents
> listed on it, and the ability to switch from one document to another, and to
> rearrange the tabs with drag and drop.
What everyone seems to be missing is these aren't separate document files. All tabbed divisions exist in a single LWP file. I un-hid the comments which someone flagged as off-topic so you can have a better idea of what people are really asking for. Those images are highly relevant to understanding this.
A tabbed division is "conceptually" a separate document but it physically exists in the hierarchy tree of the LWP file.
When you change the position of a tabbed division, i.e. dragging it between 2 others, you physically change its hierarchical position in the file. You can save that file, copy to a thumb drive, take to another machine, and it will open up with those tabs in that order.
Unless the OpenDocument specification is going to expand/change, this isn't something that can be "faked" into LO. Others can way in, but as far as I know, LWP was the only file format to support this.
Scrivener has something now, but I don't know what it is.
(In reply to roland from comment #51)
> What everyone seems to be missing is these aren't separate document files.
> All tabbed divisions exist in a single LWP file. I un-hid the comments which
> someone flagged as off-topic so you can have a better idea of what people
> are really asking for. Those images are highly relevant to understanding
What's being missed is that this bug is for documents per tab. The bug for divisions/sections per tab is 33173.
Hello, good morning everyone.
Some position on this Guides feature as it would make LibreOffice very powerful and I believe that more users of Microsoft Office would migrate to LibreOffice.
Currently OnyOffice already has this feature.
in OnlyOffice this feature is native
See this attached image.
Anyway, from my POV it should be optional, since in my (current) daily job, I use many LO windows tiled and I need them that way, since I have to assemble and translate technical manuals.
(In reply to luciano_f from comment #54)
> in OnlyOffice this feature is native
> See this attached image.
I believe most LO users would welcome tabs for switching between opened files. This would be great for productivity.
The current design of LibreOffice consists of a title bar that has nothing but the filename. Hence, it would be possible to adopt a layout similar to OnlyOffice's. Another good example is Firefox's design when you hide the title bar.
However, I'd like to point out that:
1) OnlyOffice allows to have tabs from different applications (spreadsheets, presentations and text documents) in the same window. I personally would prefer to have tabs grouped by application.
2) Some users do not like tabs to switch between files. Therefore, if this feature is to be implemented, it should be optional. This could be done by adding an option to the Tools -> Options -> View dialog. There could be a "Open new files as tabs" checkbox.
(In reply to Rafael Lima from comment #56)
> I believe most LO users would welcome tabs for switching between opened
> files. This would be great for productivity.
We have been using Master PDF Editor to fill in tax forms the past two weeks. It also supports tabbed files. The tabs are a wonderful productivity tool. We also have the option of using PDF Studio, which does not support tabbed documents. It is much more difficult to use when you have multiple documents open.
I doubt LO will ever implement this unless we can put together a crowd source funding to cover the labour involved.
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StarOffice 5.2 with seven open tabs
I'd also love to have a tabbed UI in LibreOffice.
Since Staroffice was actually able to do that, I wonder whether the code is still functional in LibreOffice?
Please see the screenshot of StarOffice 5.2 with 7 open tabs at the bottom of the window. In fact, StarOffice went that far, that the tabbed UI included all StarOffice applications. In the screenshot, you see tabs of Writer, Calc and Draw.
It is not going to happen. The economic model for Open Source is to give the code away for free and charge for the maintenance. Until we get some mechanism in place, like crowd sourcing, to hire a LO developer to work on this and several other wonderful RFE's, then it will sit here until we all die of old age. They deserve to get paid for what they do.
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Just to add my weight to the debate, I really feel the need for tabbed documents.
I think it would be the best single upgrade that LibreOffice could make.
As for the argument that there is no funding for it, it might be true, but when the tabbed buttons were introduced a few years ago my thought was why did they wasted development time upgrading something that works when tabbed documents would be so much more useful.
OpenSource projects will always justify not doing something by saying "we don't have the money for it" when they don't want to do it. They simply allocate the money to something else.
The reality is there has never been any money for any new feature.
The other reality is that an Elephant is a mouse designed by committee.
(In reply to Todd from comment #59)
> It is not going to happen. The economic model for Open Source is to give
> the code away for free and charge for the maintenance. Until we get some
> mechanism in place, like crowd sourcing, to hire a LO developer to work on
> this and several other wonderful RFE's, then it will sit here until we all
> die of old age. They deserve to get paid for what they do.
This feature would be a big improvement. More people would switch to LO. So more people would make financial donations. This is how it works, as well. Look at Blender, for example.
Actually, LO is releasing new versions from time to time. I check every new version to see if this feature was implemented. This is the importance of the tabbed-UI. I really need it; we really need it at my job; people really needs it. Just check the amount of comments on this thread.
Is it really difficult to implement? How much money do you need?
I was thinking something along the lines of excel/sheets where you could add or remove pages as you want this is my +1
People looking for a document-per-tab and using Windows 10 might want to try out Groupy from Stardock Systems: https://www.stardock.com/products/groupy/
(In reply to Michael Warner from comment #65)
> People looking for a document-per-tab and using Windows 10 might want to try
> out Groupy from Stardock Systems: https://www.stardock.com/products/groupy/
Groupy doesn't work well with libreoffice at all.. Have tried it multiple times, and although it may work well for a single session, it has a history of not working correctly with libreoffice..
I'd like to also request, should tabs ever become a thing, that it would be good to be able to separate a document from a tab (ie into a new window), so that documents can still be viewed side by side if necessary..
(In reply to Rafael Lima from comment #56)
> (In reply to luciano_f from comment #54)
> > in OnlyOffice this feature is native
> > See this attached image.
> > https://ibb.co/r4dPWsx
> > https://mega.nz/file/lvhTmDoC#fwXtaYfy4iugnujHaTH19nl2o4qWyE1RQ8ZdmzOGzd0
> I believe most LO users would welcome tabs for switching between opened
> files. This would be great for productivity.
> The current design of LibreOffice consists of a title bar that has nothing
> but the filename.
IMO putting only the filename and title in the title bar is a good thing. I wouldn't mind the ability to have tabs, but I don't agree with them occupying title bar space. I do not care for this trend of jamming a bunch of stuff into the title bar, until there is nowhere left you can click just to move the window around.
> Hence, it would be possible to adopt a layout similar to
> OnlyOffice's. Another good example is Firefox's design when you hide the
> title bar.
If this happens, it needs to be an option that I can turn off.
(In reply to Michael Warner from comment #68)
> IMO putting only the filename and title in the title bar is a good thing. I
> wouldn't mind the ability to have tabs, but I don't agree with them
> occupying title bar space. I do not care for this trend of jamming a bunch
> of stuff into the title bar, until there is nowhere left you can click just
> to move the window around.
> > Hence, it would be possible to adopt a layout similar to
> > OnlyOffice's. Another good example is Firefox's design when you hide the
> > title bar.
> If this happens, it needs to be an option that I can turn off.
+1, maintaining custom Client Side Decoration cross-platform (as Chrome/Chromium & Edge browsers do) would be an order of magnitude more complex and too much native code. The FireFox approach (inside a single application frame with no CSD) is much simpler.
Only reasonable direction for providing "tabbed" MDI is extending VCL's current Window functions as a new view mode. And agree the mode needs to be user controlled, i.e. toggled on-off, set number of tab documents, tear off to new frame, etc.
Keep in mind that LibreOffice Calc already uses tabs within a single document to allow multiple worksheets. These tabs are shown towards the bottom - below the cells but above the search drop down and the status bar beneath that. So that would be another challenge to deal with in considering adding tabs for multiple documents. Somehow, you'd have to clearly differentiate between multiple tabs within a single document, from multiple tabs showing separate documents.
Not saying that allowing an MDI interface for LibreOffice documents is a bad idea. I found this issue because I was looking to see if this was already possible. :)