[wingide-users] tab bar

Peter Wang pwang at enthought.com
Tue Mar 21 18:08:07 EST 2006

Hi everyone,

I was just wondering if there was some way to get a second row of editor 
notebook tabs?  I use vertically split panes, and I usually have lots of files 
open.  Some of my filenames are pretty long, so I end up with a max of 8-9 
tabs visible.  The tabs become extremely hard to use after the tab bar fills 
up, for a couple of reasons:

1. The left and right arrows on the tab bar cycle through the tabs but don't 
scroll the tab bar itself until it hits the last or first visible tab.  This 
is not so useful, because if I wanted to switch to a visible tab, I'd just 
click it.  If I'm clicking on the tab bar arrow, presumably I'm looking for a 
tab that is not displayed.

2. The tab bar fills up in alphabetical order, and not in file opened order. 
Perhaps there could be an option to switch between these orderings?  I tend to 
mentally sort which files I was heavily editing and what files I opened just 
to "check on something real quick", and it really throws me for a loop when 
the tabs at the top don't correspond to this order.  If new tabs always got 
appended to the right, it seems that it would naturally cause the tabs to be 
sorted so that the more frequently used tabs are grouped together on the left, 
and transient ones are on the right.  Maybe it's just me, but I got very used 
to how WndTabs in Visual Studio handled sorting/new tab creation, and that 
behavior feels more natural than the alphabetical sorting.

Alternatively, is there any way to change the left and right split panes so 
that they don't share tabs, but rather rather separate editors, each with 
their own tabs?  This would at least allow me to effectively double the number 
of tabs I have open...


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