UI: Please Stack The Same-Colored Tabs When I Switch To A Tab of Different Color - by thenonhacker

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  By Design<br /><br />
		The product team believes this item works according to its intended design.<br /><br />
		A more detailed explanation for the resolution of this particular item may have been provided in the comments section.

ID 602596 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 2
Opened 9/20/2010 5:56:01 PM
Access Restriction Public


Please Collapse Same-Colored Tabs When I Switch To A Tab of Different Color.

THIS SOLVES THE "Tab Area is too small" problem"!

The Collaped Tab has a "+" sign, and the caption is taken from the first tab in the group. OR be consistent with Windows 7 by creating an illusion of Stacked Tabs.

Clicking a Collapsed Tab will fan out the tabs back. And other groups will be collapsed accordingly.
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Posted by Microsoft on 12/21/2010 at 5:27 PM
Thank you for your feedback.

Since this is a feature request, we will resolve the issue as "By Design." However, we have taken your feedback into consideration.

Best regards,

The Internet Explorer Team
Posted by thenonhacker on 10/1/2010 at 7:33 AM
@Droid: Yup, many people are compaining about the tab strip. And the bad part is that the IE9 UI is not as customizable like Firefox.

If Firefox also placed the address bar and tabstrip on the same location, they will definitely provide a checkbox option to put the tab strip below the address bar.

* The default will apply to regular users, these are the 90% of users that open 1-4 tabs at a time.
* The checkbox option is for the advanced users, the 10% of the users who opens more than 4 tabs at a time.

Posted by thenonhacker on 10/1/2010 at 7:20 AM
@Droid: Not exactly.

Hovering on the IE taskbar icon should still display all the open tabs in a flat list of thumbnails, no grouping. Flat List means, you see ALL tabs, regardless of tab group.

In the IE Tab Strip, there is grouping *IF AND ONLY IF* there are 2 groups *AND* all the tab widths shrink below an arbitrary size, say 100px and less.

Posted by androidi on 9/28/2010 at 7:12 PM
So we have collapsed IE windows in taskbar and now there are collapsed TABS too?

Reminds me of the fake amazon.com site with hundred tabs in multiple levels, except this time the tabs are collapsed so to find a particular tab you have to hover/uncollapse at several locations?

There's a lot of good about IE9 but I think not being able to configure the tab location without upfront presenting upon install how the new workflow (of whatever the better way is deemed to be) will be more efficient (after spending the time to learn it, will it save the time spent to learn it and over how many years?) or is it just about competion of style with supposedly better browsers /some other strategy shenanigans.

I went through the Connect sites and this "not enough room for tabs" seems to rank high in reported count, could be most reported bug.