Issue 6371 - A tabbed interface, like Opera/Mozilla, would be wonderful
Summary: A tabbed interface, like Opera/Mozilla, would be wonderful
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.0.0
Hardware: Other Other OS
: P3 Trivial with 3 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: falko.tesch
QA Contact: issues@framework
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Reported: 2002-07-09 15:12 UTC by ingenstans
Modified: 2005-03-04 23:27 UTC (History)
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Description ingenstans 2002-07-09 15:12:27 UTC
I'm not sure if this is a word processor intreface or a framework one, since I don't know whether it 
is useful in other portions of the suite. But a tabbed interface, to allow one easily to examine 
different files side by side, would be a tremendous enhancement to OOo. 

I know that in 
general an SDI interface is more useful than an MDI one; but as the examples of Opera and Mozilla 
show, people like having a choice, and for working with multiple documents in Windows, it is 
clearly the best alternative. I know it's possible to fake something up by adjusting SDI 
properties. But then you run into problems with menus running off screen and so on. I just want to 
be able to have eg two drafts of the same document painlessly arranged to two vertically split 
Comment 1 thorsten.martens 2002-07-31 10:05:17 UTC
TM->FT: Another wish for an enhancement ! Please have a look, thanks !
Comment 2 bobharvey 2002-09-23 03:50:49 UTC
or even like gedit ! :^)

This is a very interesting idea.  It appeals to me an awful 
lot.  But I think it wants a lot of thought.  In practice I tend to open more than one 
instance of gedit rather than use the tabs, as I want to view more than one thing at a 

I do use the tabs a lot on Opera, but that is because I am waiting for it to do 
something, and am multi-tasking.  In most office-apps I am inputting data, and only 
rarely cutting-and-pasting between two windows.  

And would you have a spreadsheet 
tab next to a wp tab?  or not?

It's a stimulating idea, but I am only half convinced.  
It's one thing if it's easy - it's quite another if it detracts effort from more serious 
matters.  I suspect that issues like this need a usability survey of some sort!
Comment 3 ingenstans 2002-10-22 18:18:48 UTC
It may indeed detract attention from more serious matters. And it shouldn't be done 
befor ehtye are fixed. Nor do I think that it would be very helpful to have a 
spreadsheet tab next to a writer tab (though the present interface for manipulating 
data sources does work like that, a bit.

What I wanted was the ability to have two 
text streams side by side in an MDI interface. This is common in programming editors, 
I think. Certainly, Ultraedit has it. But it's also very useful for people like 
journalists who are manipulating two or three drafts or source documents into a 
single final text. That's certainly why I would like it. I often work off a page of 
notes or transcripts, dragging chunks into a final script I'm writing. 
Comment 4 falko.tesch 2003-09-11 14:30:43 UTC
Sorry guys, starting with OO we abandoned the idea of a MDI. We got a
lot of negative feedback from users based on our last MDI interface
office (aka StarOffice 5.2).
Comment 5 falko.tesch 2003-09-11 14:31:13 UTC
Comment 6 ziptx 2005-03-04 23:27:58 UTC
See issue 12686.  It is duplicate of this feature and currently open.  The
listed comments in this issue directly apply to the afformentioned 12686 issue.