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Bring Browser-Style Tabs to Microsoft Office with the Office Tabs Plugin

Microsoft Office plugin, Office Tabs, brings tab view to office 2003, 2007, and 2010

By now most people have become accustomed to using browser tabs when surfing the internet.  Tabs have become so standardized that many programs, mobile apps, and website all incorporate them as well.  If you are one of those people who loves tabs, I have some great news for you!  Detong Technology offers a groovy plug-in for the Windows version of Microsoft Office that brings tabs to Word, Excel, and Powerpoint; it’s called Office Tabs.

The interface, shortcut keys, and features all match what you would find in Chrome, Firefox, or IE9.  For example, you can open up a new tab with the shortcut key CTRL+N, or you can just Right-Click the tab and choose an action from the context menu.  It even has a visual style setting that mimics the browsers.

Office tabs chrome style

Office Tabs features a ton of customization, you can disable just about any part of it; which makes it very hard to dislike the plugin.  If you don’t really dig having tabs in between your workspace and your ribbon, you can move them down to the bottom to mimic a Google Docs spreadsheet layout.  Office Tabs also lets you save multiple documents at once with its “Save All” command. 

Office tabs customization Office tabs context menu

Of course, these tabs aren’t for everyone and if you find that you don’t like the plugin -all you have to do is uninstall it from the Control Panel and it is gone.

Office tabs uninstallation

The plugin will work with Office 2003, 2007, and 2010.  (sorry Mac users, it’s Windows only)

Download Office Tabs for Windows 32-bit or 64-bit

If you’re someone who works in Microsoft Office the majority of the day, Office Tabs could seriously improve your efficiency.  What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below!

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2 Responses to Bring Browser-Style Tabs to Microsoft Office with the Office Tabs Plugin

  1. alpipego June 14, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    Nice plugin. What I don’t like though, is the fact that it now shows only one word window in my tab bar, even if I have multiple docs open. It works for excel but unfortunately not for word.

  2. hanna August 13, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    Hi great tool.. Is this transferrable to google docs?.. THAT would be fantasic

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