Why no 'minimize tab' button ?

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Display name:, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. This would have been a great addition to IE7.

    Since tabs effectively replaced windows-and-taskbar icons, they need the
    same level of functionality.

    The only way to return to the tab you were previously viewing is to close
    the current tab.

    Seems like a very basic omission by MS.

    Are there any ready solutions out there ?
     
    Display name:, Dec 1, 2008
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  2. Display name:

    Don Varnau Guest

    Hi,
    I may not understand your request, but...

    Doesn't clicking on the previous tab return you to that tab without closing
    out the current tab?

    Are you wanting to use the Back button without losing the current page? Try
    this procedure to clone the tab before using the back button...
    Alt+d then Alt+Enter

    Hope this helps,
    Don
    [MS MVP- IE]
     
    Don Varnau, Dec 1, 2008
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  3. Sure it does.
    But sometimes, you might have a dozen tabs open - and since you don't pay
    much heed to where they're positioned, it's a major PITA to relocate it (and
    I don't have new tabs to open up next to the current one - because it suits
    my browsing style).
    And no, that something CAN be done, doesn't make it convenient to do.
    A minimize button would obviate the tedium of having to relocate your last
    page without closing the current one.

     
    Display name:, Dec 1, 2008
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  4. Display name:

    Gordon Guest

    I don't understand what you mean by "relocate your last page". You do know
    you can drag tabs from one position to another in the Tab bar?
     
    Gordon, Dec 1, 2008
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    Leonard Grey Guest

    Check out the Quick Tabs feature, next time you have several tabs open.
    It's the left-most tab, with the 4 small boxes.
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    Leonard Grey, Dec 1, 2008
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  6. Still NOTHING like the convenience of simply minimising the current tab.
    Nothing.

     
    Display name:, Dec 1, 2008
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  7. Relocate : - When I want to go to the last tab I was reading, or the one
    before that.

    Minimising the current tab would make that extremely easy.
    As it stands, I have to remember what it was and then search for it.
    And I don't always remember what it was - I just know that when I've
    temporarily done with the current tab, I want to see the previous one
    without shutting the current one down.

    It was possible in IE6 - albeit with taskbar panes rather than tabs.
    But in IE7, this functionality is lost - so it actually represents a step
    backwards.

    Why is this proving so difficult to grasp and accept for people ?
     
    Display name:, Dec 1, 2008
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  8. Display name:

    Gordon Guest

    Can you explain in detail what exactly you mean by "minimizing" the current
    tab?
     
    Gordon, Dec 1, 2008
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    Leonard Grey Guest

    If you can find a browser -- any browser -- that does exactly what you
    want, I suggest you switch to that browser and be happy again.
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    Leonard Grey, Dec 1, 2008
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  10. Yes, minimizing would simply bring the last tab to the fore.
     
    Display name:, Dec 1, 2008
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  11. But it's not rocket science.

    It's just IE7 with an IE6 window-functionality level.

    If you couldn't minimise windows in IE6, there'd be uproar.
    If you're going to feature tabs that behave like windows, you might aswell
    go the whole hog and provide them with basic window functionality.

     
    Display name:, Dec 1, 2008
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    Gordon Guest

    So now you have me at a loss - why not just click on the last tab?
     
    Gordon, Dec 1, 2008
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  13. CTRL+TAB will "scroll" to the next tab.

    CTRL+SHIFT+TAB will return you to the previously used tab.

    Since a tab is literally part of the current IE window, it cannot be
    minimized.
     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Dec 1, 2008
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    Gordon Guest

    Is there a list of these somewhere?
     
    Gordon, Dec 1, 2008
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  15. Help||Getting Started with Internet Explorer||Tabbed browsing frequently
    asked questions||What mouse and keyboard shortcuts can I use when working
    with tabs?

    Good luck,

    Donald Anadell
     
    Donald Anadell, Dec 1, 2008
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  16. PA Bear [MS MVP], Dec 1, 2008
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  17. Because if you have a dozen tabs open, you have to remember : -

    a) - What tab you WERE looking at - which maybe quite some ago.

    b) - Exactly where that tab is relative to the current one.
     
    Display name:, Dec 1, 2008
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    Gordon Guest

    Thanks!
     
    Gordon, Dec 1, 2008
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  19. Thanks for that.

    But a minimise button would still be cool - and mean you don't have to
    switch from mouse to KB.
     
    Display name:, Dec 1, 2008
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  20. Display name:

    Gordon Guest

    Well considering NO browser has this "function" I think you're going to be
    out of luck.
    Why not open separate windows for different "types" of browsing? (For
    example I have one window with several tabs for News, weather, Facebook etc
    and another window with several tabs for IT related browsing...)
     
    Gordon, Dec 1, 2008
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