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Re: [libreoffice-users] tabs in LibreOffice - like you can do for MS-Word?


** Reply to message from webmaster for Kracked Press Productions
<webmaster@krackedpress.com> on Fri, 27 May 2011 15:53:44 -0400

> On 05/27/2011 12:19 PM, Brian Barker wrote:
> > At 11:14 27/05/2011 -0400, Nobody Noname wrote:
> >> I just read a article about adding "tabs" to Word that allows you to
> >> have multiple Word documents own in tabs, like you have for Firefox
> >> or IE. The lady was saying that she had 4 or 5 Word documents open
> >> at the same time and the "tab" option. She said she would be lost
> >> without web browsers having tabs, so it just makes sense to have such
> >> an option in Word.
> >>
> >> So I was wondering if anyone knows any add-on to LibreOffice that
> >> would allow multiple Writer docs open at the same time in without
> >> having multiple instances of LO open at the same time. That would
> >> make life easier sometimes. Since OOo's extension site is not
> >> working half the time, I thought someone here might know of such an
> >> extension.
> >
> > I think you are missing the point here! If you open, say, Internet
> > Explorer, when it's already running, you get another instance. Tabs
> > change that - don't they? - so that you can have multiple pages within
> > one instance. But it's been a very long time since Word has behaved
> > like that: if you start Word when it is already running, it merely
> > opens another document in the same instance of the program. This is
> > despite your seeing separate windows.
> >
> > In fact, OpenOffice and LibreOffice are already ahead of that, since
> > they are integrated suites, so you can even open multiple documents of
> > different types in one instance of the program. You can have a text
> > document and a spreadsheet both open in the same instance of the suite
> > (which is why it's sometimes unhelpful to think of Writer and Calc as
> > being separate programs). Try opening a spreadsheet from within Word
> > or a text document from within Excel: no joy!
> >
> > The way you move between multiple documents in applications is
> > generally using the Window menu - and this works in OpenOffice and
> > LibreOffice as in anything else. And with these suites, you even get
> > all open documents, even if of different types. (With the ribbon,
> > this appears under View | Window in recent versions of Word.)
> >
> > What you could be asking for, then, is not the ability to have
> > multiple documents open in a single instance - which is already here -
> > but simply a move from a Window menu to tabs as a way of handling them.
> >
> > Unless I misunderstand things ...
> >
> I do not deal with more than 1 to 3 different office type of documents
> at a time. But for the person who writes books, papers, and other
> things like that, could have the main document in one tab, the
> bibliography in a 2nd, a footnote section in a 3rd, notes and other
> research in still others. Then tabbing between documents might be easier
> than between "programs" shown on the task bar. I know of one author
> that went from StarOffice to OOo and from Windows to Linux since he used
> a different style of keyboard, instead of QWERTY, and Linux was easier
> to setup that keyboard that was easier for him to use. He also wrote
> his own macros to do functions he needed, or wanted, that would help him
> write his 3 to 5 paperback novels a year. His wife still use Windows
> since they could not get the Linux machine to work with the dial-up
> modem. I do not know if he will be moving over to LibreOffice, not that
> Oracle owns the rights to the name.
>
> I think the tabbed document idea would work great for the type of work
> he described doing in his author's note at the end of most of his books,
> or his monthly blog. For me having tabbed web pages in Firefox works
> for my need to page back and forth between web "documents" to keep up
> with weather reports[2 pages], hourly/daily reports on what my computer
> is doing with BOINC, several LibreOffice related pages including several
> wiki pages, and whatever other web pages I need to keep an eye one and
> do not want to have to open up every time I want to see some info.
>
> If I wanted to deal with writing, like I use to work on for thesis
> papers, I thing having a tabbed work environment would help keeping all
> the various documents together and arranged more neatly than the ways I
> had to deal with in the past. Also it would give me only one listing in
> the task bar realistate when I have to have many different programs open
> at the same time. I currently have a simple schedule, computer monitor,
> BOINC manager, LibreOffice, Thunderbird-main, this email in Thunderbird,
> and FireFox [with its own 7 tabs]. If I had to have 3 or more
> LibreOffice documents open, the task bar package names would get too
> small to mean anything to identify which LO task belongs to which
> document. I once has over 15 tasks open at the same time, and it was a
> pain. Tabbed document management withing LibreOffice would reduce that
> mess sometimes.

Organizationally I can see it as being useful. Are you aware that, at least
in Win. that you can move between documents using Alt+tab? I find that much
faster than trying to use a mouse. If you have a bunch of tasks running it's
not so handy, but normally you are only switching between a few windows and
it is very quick.

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[libreoffice-users] tabs in LibreOffice - like you can do for MS-Word?webmaster for Kracked Press Productions <webmaster@krackedpress.com>
Re: [libreoffice-users] tabs in LibreOffice - like you can do for MS-Word?Brian Barker <b.m.barker@btinternet.com>
Re: [libreoffice-users] tabs in LibreOffice - like you can do for MS-Word?webmaster for Kracked Press Productions <webmaster@krackedpress.com>
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