I love tabs. Taking cue from web browsers, developers have started embracing the “tab culture” and now we often see tabs in various random applications. But some of our favorite applications are still missing it, Microsoft Office for example. It’s frustrating to be not able to open documents in tabs. OfficeTab, a free utility, fills this void.
OfficeTab enables you to open multiple documents within one office window without cramming up your taskbar. With OfficeTab you can choose which Office applications you want tabs on - Word or Excel or PowerPoint or all of them. Most interestingly, if you right click on the tabs a small menu appears which is quite identical to the menu that appears on Opera with options like Lock Document (to prevent accidental closing), Close and Close All, etc.
OfficeTab also allows you to compare two documents side by side.
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There are plenty of options under the settings window that allows you to change the behavior and appearance of the tabs – tab switching, double-click to close, hiding tab-bar when a single document is open and so on.
OfficeTab is compatible with Office 2003 and Office 2007 on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. The publisher page is in Chinese; if you have difficulty finding the download button you can use this direct download link.