Screenshots: Give every window in Windows 7 a tabbed user interface

The Advanced tab allows you can configure several other options, such as the ability to automatically hide tabs on inactive and maximized windows.

On the Shortcuts tab, you can alter the shortcut keys. On the Advanced tab, you can change several other options, as shown. For instance, by default, WindowTabs only shows one icon on the Taskbar and it will only list the tab that is currently selected. If you wish to have all windows in the group appear on the Taskbar, you can clear the Hide taskbar buttons for tabbed windows check box. I prefer to have the Automatically hide tabs on inactive and maximized windows check box selected because it makes things just a bit cleaner looking. Besides, you can just hover and the tabs reappear.

Other applications

Remember, even though I have focused on Windows Explorer here, WindowTabs works on every application's window. So I could be working on a single project that has a Word document and an Excel spreadsheet and I could then group Excel and Word into a single multi-tabbed interface for easy access.


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.