Office Tabs

Thursday, May 13, 2010 8:00:00 PM Categories: Utilities
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Sometimes we find some programs and we wonder why they took so long to exist. Even more if it is a program that increases productivity, and should be part of large suites available, as the case of Microsoft Office. We're talking about Office Tabs, a program that greatly enhances our experience as users of Word, Excel or PowerPoint.


How good is Office Tabs?

When you open more than a Word,  Excel or PowerPoint file, and must switch between them, what do you do? Minimizes and maximizes the other one? Well, be aware that there is a program that makes this job more comfortable, including tabs on these programs and speeding up enough work in multiple documents!

Office Tabs provides a solution by transforming the Office interface through guides, much like the manner you open a new tab in Internet Explorer or Firefox. You can open a new document simply by double-clicking on the tabs, and click an existing tab puts focus on that document.


Installation and License

Installing Office Tabs is trivial, and the program has a Free Version (with some limitations). This program is so good that probably you'll want to buy full version - but of course, you can keep using free version if you want.

Download the program using the link below, and proceed with the default installation.

Program Site: Office Tabs for Microsoft Office 2010, 2007 and 2003


Program Interface

Although the user interface presents a series of interesting settings, you need not worry about changing anything.

Note: this is a very old version we're using, so maybe some images are not updated.


The choices are simple:

  • 1) Tabbed programs: how you choose the settings for Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • 2) Options: according to the chosen program, you can change appearance, layout, and some shortcuts.

However, as mentioned before, you do not need to change anything, just open any of the three programs and see tabs in action.


A simple change in appearance

Anyway, let's make a small change in the appearance of the tabs, just to get the look 'square' the default setting.

Appearance section, choose Set as Appearance Appearance-11 instead of the standard Appearance-1, and the tabs are left with the corners rounded.

Remember to make this choice for each program. Again, this is just for design reasons, the program is ready. Let's see how it works.


The program in action

Office Tabs To see in action, open Excel for example. Note that a tab has appeared corresponding to that file (1).


So far, nothing unusual. But we go a little further and open a new file. Note that we now have two tabs (2).


Do you already realize the advantages? Yeah you can switch between files by simply clicking on each tab. The greater the amount of open files, the more it becomes the advantages. Additionally, you can right-click on any of the guides, and use the options available (3).


You can save the current file under a new name, close all open files, and other useful options.



This was a brief summary of Office Tabs, a very practical program for who uses lots of Office files and need to switch between them! More details can be found in the program help and the manual.

We hope you've enjoyed. If you have any doubts, find the answers posting your comments in the blog or via our support via chat or email.

Till our next meeting, and remember: Your success is our success!

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