If you've been using Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer 7.0, chances are that you've fallen in love with having a tabbed user interface in your Web browser. Keeping each site that you connect to during a heavy surfing session on separate tabs is very efficient use of screen real estate and provides a great experience.
As such, you've probably found yourself in situations where you're working with other applications or even certain operating system components and wished that the user interface had tabs.
For example, suppose that you're working with multiple copies of Windows Explorer and simultaneously working with files and folders on your hard disk and mapped network drives. Maybe you're working with multiple text files and have several copies of Notepad open at the same time. Sure the Taskbar is designed for these sort of operations as is the task switcher ([Alt]+[Tab]), but having multiple windows in a single tabbed interface sure would be nice.The folks at WinTabber have created a FREE tool that will allow you to easily transform your multiple windows into a single tabbed user interface. Once you have WinTabber up and running, you can open multiple windows, and then with the click of a button, you can add each window to WinTabber. Once in WinTabber, each window becomes a tab (Figure A) and you can begin clicking tabs to switch between the windows. Figure A
Each window becomes a tabNote: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.
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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.