Why no 'minimize tab' button ?

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

  1. Display wrote on Mon, 1 Dec 2008 10:34:28 -0000:
    Tabs are not MDI child windows. Sounds like you'd be happier turning off
    tabs and going back to having every page open in a new IE window process as
    that will allow you to minimise the current IE window and see the one behind
    it (which will often be the one you were previously looking at). Tabs just
    don't work like that, they were never intended to.
    Daniel Crichton, Dec 1, 2008
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  2. Same problem.
    You gotta remember the last page you were looking and where it's located.
    Almost defeats the whole point of tabs.

    Tabs are great - but they all look pretty much the same.
    Indeed, it's not particularly obvious even which one's in the fore.
    Now if they were to colour them differently - that would help.

    Even better, why not number them in the order they were opened - for fast
    and easy access ?
    And for sub-tabs (opened from other tabs rather than favorites), why not
    sub-label them, like 2a, 2b, etc ?

    All pretty easy from a coding perspective.

    But however easy, NONE of the above would be nearly as agreeable and
    efficient as a minimise-tab button, which would simply bring the previous
    tab to the fore.
    Display name:, Dec 1, 2008
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  3. Display name: wrote:
    You've obviously not tried IE8 Beta 2. <wink>
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Dec 1, 2008
  4. Well actually, I did for a moment - until I found the toolbars are
    immovable - and the necessary update for Google toolbar doesn't have a
    decent word-find utility (doesn't stick word-buttons on the bar ... GRRR).

    So it was straight back to IE7 from IE8B2, for me.

    In other ways, I liked 8B2 - because it rendered text better on non-default
    zoom mag.s.
    Eg - in IE7, if you run at zoom below 100%, the text goes out of phase with
    the hyperlinking.

    And I'm sure it had other delights, but being unable to move the toolbars
    loses a lot of screen real-estate.
    And as for no Google find word-buttons, well ... I'd rather go back to
    Display name:, Dec 1, 2008
  5. Well it's about time they did.
    I bet it's a really simple tweak.
    Heck, I bet I could do it myself .... and I don't even code.

    hey were never intended to.
    Display name:, Dec 1, 2008
  6. But it does have colored tabs, right?

    I'd doubt that any third-party toolbar would work properly in a beta build.

    IE toolbars can be customized, to a certain extent. Many third-party
    toolbars (e.g., Google; Yahoo) have their own idea of where they should be
    located, and trying to get more than one of these toolbars to co-exist is an
    exercise in futility.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Dec 1, 2008

  7. Also the definition of "next tab" and "previous tab"
    may change depending on a Tab option
    Open new tabs next to the current tab
    or there may be an additional registry value which
    makes the Ctrl-Tab Ctrl-Shift-Tab commands "wander"
    around instead of going sequentially through the tabs.
    (Use RegMon or ProcMon to see what is really set
    and used.)

    That may be what the OP would like to use instead
    but I just found it confusing and drag tabs to more
    convenient positions (usually the last) when necessary.
    I don't think the Help makes that one clear... ; }

    Hmm... they have an out. It's not specific either way:

    Switch between tabs CTRL+TAB or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

    ; )

    Robert Aldwinckle, Dec 1, 2008
  8. I've just been messing about with Opera 9.62 - and you can minimize the
    current tab by clicking on it.

    MS take note.
    Display name:, Dec 3, 2008
  9. Display name:

    Leonard Grey Guest

    Nobody from MS here. This is a newsgroup of your fellow users.
    Leonard Grey, Dec 3, 2008
  10. Not according to MS.

    "If you have any feedback about Internet Explorer 7, please post it to our

    ..... clicking on which, takes you to : -
    Display name:, Dec 4, 2008
  11. Display name:, Dec 4, 2008
  12. Display name:

    Leonard Grey Guest

    No one here works for or represents Microsoft in any way. Once in a blue
    moon someone from Microsoft will post here. The newsgroup provides
    peer-to-peer support from other users.
    Leonard Grey, Dec 4, 2008
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