Tuesday, August 25, 2009

OfficeTab brings tabs to Word, Excel and PowerPoint

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.


Image credits: Slashnow.com

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.

[via Downloadsquad]


  1. I hesitate to comment because every time I give a favorable comment to a new application I get bit badly with some strange malfunction. Nevertheless, this application is really neat and needed. It cleans up the taskbar and makes everything easy to find. Great idea and thanks for bringing it to us.

  2. i keep getting an eruntime rror 339 when i try to run excel - word just crashes

    says oftab.ocx or one of its dependencies not correctlty registered : a file is missing or invalid

    oftab is in my system32 folder, i have registered and reregistered it. i still cant get the tabs to work. it worked on another system

    i'm using windows 7 and office 2010

    unfortunately the authors blog is in chinese, so i couldn't post this issue there. any ideas?

  3. Hello, my problem is that whenever I try to install MS Office Enterprise 2007, after some times it shows can't find setup.exe. How can this problem be solved?


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