Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 11:06 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Windows Yes, the Windows 8 rumour mill is really spinning up now. This time around though, they're not really rumours, since the information is coming from Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, long-time Microsoft enthusiasts with loads of insider access. They've got a bunch of screenshots showing a work in progress of... A ribbon in Explorer. And yes, it looks just as bad as it sounds.
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RE: Tabs?
by mkone on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 12:04 UTC in reply to "Tabs?"
mkone
Member since:
2006-03-14

Tabs are a rubbish user interface decision for a file manager.

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RE[2]: Tabs?
by nej_simon on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 12:31 in reply to "RE: Tabs?"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

Tabs are a rubbish user interface decision for a file manager.


If you're going to make such claims, at least specify why you think they're rubbish.

I find tabs quite useful in file managers. If you don't like them, well, just don't open any additional tabs and you wont even know they're there.

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RE[3]: Tabs? - for me at least...
by jabbotts on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 16:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Tabs?"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

It depends on the task for me but usually it's an issue of not making multiple things visible.

In a browser where each website is a separate thing, tabs are great. I'd like more keyboard support in switching tabs but haven't put the effort into looking for that either so it's not that big a need.

In Thunderbird I don't like it so much. Maybe it's a lifetime of email programs opening an email in a new window or loosing the easy display overview of the mailbox while the email message tab is open. Here, the two objects are related. I don't leave the mailbox view to access the email preview; I want them both visible even if that means two separate windows beside each other.

In Dolphin (KDE4's file manager) I'm happy with the ability to split a view into two directories when copying between. I'd hate tabs though because one tab replaces the view of the other. If I don't want both directories accessible in the same view, I'll simply open a second Dolphin window and let the window manager's natural layering/tiling do it's job.

Konsole has had tabs for a long while but again, the purpose of multiple open shells for me is multiple visible shells. I want four displays beside each other not four displays with any three hidden at one time.

Vim I'm all about tabs but it may be more to do with "gt" sticking in my head and not being able to remember tiling switching commands when I actually need them. Tab switching is also keyboard driven by default and I can always open a second shell and vim if I really need two text files visible beside each other.

For a file manager, I'm just not feeling the excitement and grand possibilities provided by a tabbed display. No grief meant for those who do, it's simply not for me at this time (I'll give it a try when/if win8 includes it but I'm not optimistic).

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RE[2]: Tabs?
by cmost on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 14:52 in reply to "RE: Tabs?"
cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

Really? Says YOU! I've been using a tabbed file explorer for years in Linux and frankly, every time I'm on a Windows box I curse Microsoft for not including tabs in explorer. With multiple tabs open to different file locations, it's a breeze to quickly navigate between them without cluttering the desktop with myriad file explorer windows. Just because you haven't discovered the joy of tabbed file browsing doesn't mean others won't or shouldn't!

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RE[2]: Tabs?
by RawMustard on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 16:12 in reply to "RE: Tabs?"
RawMustard Member since:
2005-10-10

I guess you believe that CO2 is a pollutant?

What a ridiculous statement!

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RE[2]: Tabs?
by modmans2ndcoming on Sun 3rd Apr 2011 23:01 in reply to "RE: Tabs?"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

tabs make sense as long as you can copy and paste between them easily.

I hate having 4 or 5 explorer windows open at work and then having to click through them to figure out which one I need (still on XP). tabs would meed I can focus on the window I need and then select the pathway I need from the tabs.

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RE[3]: Tabs?
by Icaria on Mon 4th Apr 2011 06:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Tabs?"
Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

You do realise there's this thing called the taskbar, right? Works just like tabs. Crazy, I know.

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RE[3]: Tabs?
by NelsonN on Mon 4th Apr 2011 13:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Tabs?"
NelsonN Member since:
2005-12-20

For those of you complaining about the lack of Tabs on Explorer, try this:

http://qttabbar.sourceforge.net/

I use it on Windows XP, Windows XP x64, and Windows 7.

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