Editor Tabs annoying

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Hello,

While working on code, the editor tabs on top show only a few of the many open documents. When I'm currently actively working on two java files, then it's very hard to make it so that both these java files are visible as a tab. It's possible by doing "close all" first and then opening your two java files. But that is annoying.

Some IDE's, make it so that you can have a lot of documents open. They all have a tab, but of course you don't see all these tabs due to space problem. They have a dropdown menu to open the other tabs. But the most important thing in these other IDE's is: the tabs that are visible, are those of the last documents you viewed/edited. So the visible tabs don't have a fixed order but represent the documetns you last viewed.

Visual Studio has some pretty good behaviour of these tabs imho.

Is it possible to have IntelliJ do something similar? Or some other way to easily switch between the documents I'm "Currently" viewing/editing?

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@Dotan Cohen: I haven't tested every last version because I usually run an update for a long period of time.
(to set an example, one of my machines has been (and is still) running for 43 days, just imagine IDEA not being closed on it)
I just referenced the version I'd been using for that time as I was unsure if the feature had been added prior... :P

I'll admit though I may have left out some initial information needed to fuzz the major version used.

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> Wayne Ritchie Wrote:
> Sounds like L V is a VS fanboy and should just stick that.
 
FWIW: still using IntelliJ, 10 years later now
 
I solved my problem long ago by using vertical tabs on the right side (which supports much more of them since it's vertical) and having them in alphabetical order :)
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@L V: I'm glad you did, but I'm doing this for everyone
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one noticing the lack of common sense in IDEA's development ;)

this area with the tabs and window splits is only 1 major part, there's a ton more I'm trying to cover for everyone's sake.

for example, custom wine runners for windows-based interpreters, which is something I'd brought up a few years ago that still doesn't exist.
(specifying a local wine executable and prefix)
^ I have 3 wine installations, and being able to specify which one to load for my interpreter would be better than relying on the system default I don't have.

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@Tcll: No matter which version, to which improvements are you referring to with this comment:

> Thankfully IDEA has gotten better with it's tab management as of recent 

I have not seen any improvement in a long time, which is why I filed a feature request to add an "Open Files" view to the Project Pane:
https://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/IDEA-212612?p=WI-46604

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@Dotan Cohen: I was mainly referring to the stability of the dropdown button...
I do remember that used to jump about in earlier versions (I think 2015 or so, not real sure there) and be an utter pain to manage.

The only major grievance I have with it is the 15 tab limit before it starts auto-closing tabs, which shouldn't be there but only as a workaround for a memory bug to soon be fixed in the next few patches, if not an optional preference disabled by default.
NOTE: this is logic, not an opinion, I speak with common sense options for everyone, not bias options I happen to really like.
When dealing with a large project (as IDEs are meant to manage), it's really distracting to have to close tabs.
Closing tabs is more of a valid excuse for ETEs like Sublime which aren't meant for large projects like IDEs are.

So yeah, having tabs in a single row has actually gotten manageable in recent versions if you increase the tab limit to 100 or so per editor.

The only other issue I've really had is with focus when opening documents, but that's on me :P
But the documents always open to the right of the current document and not randomly about the tab bar.
Though when dragging a selection of documents to the tab bar, the order does appear to open randomly >.>
(had to deal with that when a workspace restoration referred to another root directory, causing all my splits to only have 1 of the same document open)

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I tried with multiple rows of tabs enabled now.

What makes this very unworkable for me (maybe my mind just works that way), is that the tabs change location all the time. The rows move up and down. The thing is, when working with multiple files, somehow my mind maps where in these rows of tabs a file is. But when clicking on a tab to open another
file, they all jump around, and then when going back to the previous file I have to search again in the tabs to find which file it was.


That's the reason why multiple rows of tabs are nightmare from a usability
perspective.

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Hello L,

The big advantage is: with our long class names, often it can't even
show 4 tabs at the same time on screen. So replace "100s" by "5".


To make tabs more compact, you can enable "Hide file extension in editor
tabs" and disable "Show close button on editor tabs" options.

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Dmitry Jemerov
Development Lead
JetBrains, Inc.
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Sounds like L V is a VS fanboy and should just stick that. Although I think it is the worst IDE p/dollar and the IntelliJ platform is the best. But for some that are not very tech savvy or just an ol' dog that can't learn new tricks; it might have too many options and they won't take the time to look into documentation. There is nothing that IntelliJ cannot do better than VS in regards to an IDE in general. ...except VS is much better at freezing, crashing and forgetting where I had all my tabs open.

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I tried with multiple rows of tabs enabled now.


Multiple tabs are insane - in IDEA and anywhere else - because they are hard
to use.

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