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April 17, 2020

Tabs Studio v4.8.0 released

Filed under: Releases — Sergey Vlasov @ 8:12 am

Tabs Studio v4.8.0 released:

  • Replaced the Title grouping regex with path specific Title splitting rules.

Download link: Tabs Studio v4.8.0.

February 24, 2020

Tabs Studio v4.7.3 released

Filed under: Releases — Sergey Vlasov @ 11:22 am

Tabs Studio v4.7.3 released:

  • Removed the tab settings button in VS 2019 v16.5 Preview 3.
  • Fixed incorrect tab dragging between groups with overlapping windows.

Download link: Tabs Studio v4.7.3.

January 22, 2020

Tabs Studio v4.7.1 released

Filed under: Releases — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 11:22 pm

Tabs Studio v4.7.1 released:

  • Fixed tab context menu not opening in VS 2019 v16.5.
  • Fixed comment disappearing when moving a tab between groups in SQLComment.

Download link: Tabs Studio v4.7.1.

November 18, 2019

Tabs Studio v4.7.0 released

Filed under: Releases — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 1:38 pm

Tabs Studio v4.7.0 released:

  • Added support for integrated vertical tabs in VS 2019 v16.4.
  • Removed Set Tab Layout and additional Close context menu commands in VS 2019 v16.4.
  • Fixed the inability to disable Tabs Studio when the ITransform add-in is active.
  • Fixed an ArgumentException in is_move_all_to_next_group_available when opening the tab context menu with multiple tab groups in VS 2019 v16.4.
  • Fixed a rare COMException in set_IsFloating on mouse floating a tab.

Download link: Tabs Studio v4.7.0.

October 25, 2019

Integrated vertical tabs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 2:57 pm

Visual Studio 2019 16.4 Preview 2 adds the vertical tabs layout option to the core product:

Tabs Studio continues to work as usual if you keep the tab layout option set to the default Top value, but I’d like to use this opportunity to improve vertical tabs usage experience. More specifically, when vertical tabs are activated in VS 2019, Tabs Studio reuses this area to show tabs, instead of showing them in a separate tool window:

If you want to try it yourself, install Visual Studio Preview.

Enable vertical tabs in Visual Studio options:

And install Tabs Studio v4.6.2.

May 10, 2019

Controlled opening of corresponding files

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 5:09 pm

You can quickly open a corresponding file from the tab context menu:

But some system and autogenerated files don’t need to be open manually:

You can remove them from the context menu adding the defining pattern without a capturing group to the Title grouping regex option:

In some configurations there are could be just too many corresponding files, making the context menu hard to use:

For this scenario I’ve created the NoMoreOpen add-in that removes corresponding file items from the context menu if there are more than 5 of them:

April 18, 2019

Customizing TrackEd colors

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 9:56 am

TrackEd add-in shows a yellow or green bar in the tab title for modified and saved documents:

You can customize these colors first by applying the following Tabs style (copied from TrackEd source):

<Style TargetType="TabsStudio:TabNameModificationMarker" BasedOn="{StaticResource DefaultTabNameModificationMarkerStyle}">
<Setter Property="Template">
    <ControlTemplate TargetType="{x:Type TabsStudio:TabNameModificationMarker}">
      <TextBlock Name="TabNameModificationMarkerTextBlock" Padding="0" Margin="3,2,0,2"  Text=" "/>
        <DataTrigger Binding="{Binding Path=(TabsStudioTrackEd:Properties.DocStatus),
                 RelativeSource={RelativeSource AncestorType=TabsStudio:TabNameGroup}}" Value="Dirty">
          <Setter TargetName="TabNameModificationMarkerTextBlock" Property="TextBlock.Background" Value="#E5AC00"/>
          <Setter Property="Visibility" Value="Visible"/>
        <DataTrigger Binding="{Binding Path=(TabsStudioTrackEd:Properties.DocStatus),
                 RelativeSource={RelativeSource AncestorType=TabsStudio:TabNameGroup}}" Value="Saved">
          <Setter TargetName="TabNameModificationMarkerTextBlock" Property="TextBlock.Background" Value="#009900"/>
          <Setter Property="Visibility" Value="Visible"/>

<Style TargetType="TabsStudio:TabExtensionModificationMarker" BasedOn="{StaticResource DefaultTabExtensionModificationMarkerStyle}">
<Setter Property="Template">
    <ControlTemplate TargetType="{x:Type TabsStudio:TabExtensionModificationMarker}">
      <TextBlock Name="TabExtensionModificationMarkerTextBlock" Padding="0" Margin="0,2,0,2"  Text=" "/>
        <DataTrigger Binding="{Binding Path=(TabsStudioTrackEd:Properties.DocStatus),
                 RelativeSource={RelativeSource AncestorType=TabsStudio:TabExtensionGroup}}" Value="Dirty">
          <Setter TargetName="TabExtensionModificationMarkerTextBlock" Property="TextBlock.Background" Value="#E5AC00"/>
          <Setter Property="Visibility" Value="Visible"/>
        <DataTrigger Binding="{Binding Path=(TabsStudioTrackEd:Properties.DocStatus),
                 RelativeSource={RelativeSource AncestorType=TabsStudio:TabExtensionGroup}}" Value="Saved">
          <Setter TargetName="TabExtensionModificationMarkerTextBlock" Property="TextBlock.Background" Value="#009900"/>
          <Setter Property="Visibility" Value="Visible"/>

And then change colors for the name and extension to your values. For example, after changing default #E5AC00 Dirty color to #D90000 it looks like this:

April 10, 2019

Tab coloring rules generator

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 10:07 am

The Tab coloring rule dialog lets you conveniently define background and foreground colors for a tab matching specific criteria:

The same rule can be also defined as an XAML Tabs style:

<Style TargetType="TabsStudio:Tab" BasedOn="{StaticResource DefaultTabStyle}">
                <Condition Binding="{Binding Path=Paths, RelativeSource={RelativeSource Self}, 
                		Converter={StaticResource RegexMatch},ConverterParameter='WpfApp1'}" Value="True"/>
                <Condition Binding="{Binding Path=IsTabSelected, RelativeSource={RelativeSource Self}}" Value="True"/>
            <Setter Property="Background">
                     <LinearGradientBrush StartPoint="0,0" EndPoint="0,1"> <GradientStop Color="#e87400" Offset="0"/> <GradientStop Color="#0089E1" Offset="1"/> </LinearGradientBrush>
            <Setter Property="Foreground">
                     <SolidColorBrush Color="White"/>

If you have many similar tab coloring rules, instead of using the Tab coloring rule dialog you may consider generating an XAML style programmatically and then copy it to Tabs Studio. is a sample project for Visual Studio 2019 using a T4 Text Template that generates 3 styles for a project tab, selected project tab and previously selected project tab given a project path and a base background color. If you want to define these styles for multiple projects, in the file just add a path-color pair to the dictionary, save the file and copy generated tab.txt file contents as Tabs style:

<# var rules = new Dictionary<string, string> { {"WebApplication1", "#800000"}, {"WpfApp1", "#e87400"} }; #>

April 7, 2019

Tabs Studio v4.6.1 released

Filed under: Releases — Sergey Vlasov @ 10:36 pm

Tabs Studio v4.6.1 released:

  • Fixed the Navigator add-in shipped with v4.6.0, interfering with tabs visibility on startup and other add-ins like OrderKeeper.
  • Updated installer progress text for Visual Studio 2019 integration.

Download link: Tabs Studio v4.6.1.

April 2, 2019

Tabs Studio v4.6.0 adds support for SSMS 18

Filed under: Releases — Tags: , — Sergey Vlasov @ 9:20 am

Tabs Studio v4.6.0 released:

  • Added support for SQL Server Management Studio 18.0 RC1.
  • Added the ability to show tab numbers with the Navigator add-in.
  • Improved reliability of the Visual Studio 2019 integration installer.
  • Fixed inactive tab text for the Visual Studio 2019 Blue theme.
Tabs Studio in  SQL Server Management Studio 18.0 RC1

Tabs Studio in SQL Server Management Studio 18.0 RC1

Download link: Tabs Studio v4.6.0.

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