Tabs Studio Blog (organizing Visual Studio document tabs)

January 26, 2011

Real tabs preview

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sergey Vlasov @ 9:15 pm

When fine tuning tabs presentation options and grouping rules, it is very convenient to immediately preview results. Current preview facilities are helpful, but don’t fully show how actual document tabs will look, forcing us to save options, look at actual tabs and open the options dialog again. To provide a better experience, I’ve added real tabs preview visible from all option pages and containing a snapshot of actual tabs:

Real tabs preview

Real tabs preview


All presentation and grouping options are immediately reflected in the preview. To maximize effect, for the Stack layout preview goes to the right:
Stack layout preview on the right

Stack layout preview on the right


Document path tooltips are now available in a preview to provide necessary information while setting path grouping rules:
Document path tooltips in a preview

Document path tooltips in a preview


In VS 2010 the background for tabs preview now matches the background of Visual Studio environment, making transparent tabs (like those provided by Jameel Al-Aziz’s Visual Studio 2010 theme) look natural in the preview:
Transparent tabs preview on the system background color

Transparent tabs preview on the system background color

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