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Some days ago I have published my new plugin for Eclipse called Vertical Tabs. This time, this plugin is foreseen to be used by every developer using Eclipse, not only for ABAP Developers.

Basic Information

This plugin adds new view called Vertical Tabs into your Eclipse installation.
This view will allow you to see, filter, sort, group and navigate to all open editor tabs.
When the view will be open, it will add all open editors into the tree.


To install the plugin you can use Eclipse Marketplace and search for Vertical Tabs, or you can go to Eclipse Marketplace website and drag&drop the install button to your Eclipse, or use this update site ( directly in your Eclipse.


Bellow you can find current functionality with description.


There are two possibilities to do grouping in the view: manual and by project.

Manual Grouping

In manual grouping mode, all editor tabs are added directly to the root node of the tree.
Figure 1: Vertical Tabs View - Manual Groups


In order to group tabs, you need select one or more tabs in the tree,press CTRL button and do drag & drop on another entry.
Group will be created from all entries. Using F2 button or context menu, you can rename your group.
Figure 2: Manual Tab Grouping

Group by Project

In order to group tabs by project, use the "Group by Project" button on the view toolbar.
Tabs will be automatically grouped in folders of their projects.
Tabs not linked with any projects, will be kept in separate folder named 'Not linked'
Figure 3: Vertical Tabs View - Project Groups


Sort button allows you to choose how the tabs should be displayed. Currently Manual, Name, Project and Editor sorting is allowed.

Figure 4: Sorting possibilities of the View

Manual sorting

Manual sorting is done by drag & drop. You can sort tabs, groups or projects.
Figure 5: Manual sorting

Sorting by Name

When used Tabs, Groups and Projects will be sorted alphabetically by Name/Project

Sorting by Project

When used Tabs, Groups and Projects will be sorted alphabetically by Project/Name

Sorting by Editor

When selected, the internal Editor ID is used for sorting on first place.

Full sorting sequence: Editor ID, Tab Name, Tab Project


When you select your tab to be pinned in the Vertical Tabs view, then after closing the editor window linked with that tab, the tab will remain on the tree.
On selection of the pinned tab, linked editor will be restored.
Figure 6: Pinned tab

Renaming of tabs (and groups)

You can now rename tabs as you wish using the context menu of the view.
To come back to original name, use rename function and set the name to empty.
Figure 7: Renaming of the Tab

Restoring after startup

During the shutdown of the Eclipse, sorting & grouping of the tabs is stored.
This data is then used, to restore grouping and sorting after the next Eclipse startup.

Preferences for the plugin

You can access plugin preferences: Windows->Preferences->Vertical Tabs

For the moment following settings are possible:

  • Show Separate tabs for splitted editors

  • Navigation to linked TAB by: Selection or Double-Click

Figure 8: Plugin preferences

Show Separate tabs for splitted editors

When the setting in enabled, then in case you split editor window vertically or horizontally
you'll get separate tabs for each editor pane.
Additionally the position of the ediotor pane will be visible next to it's name. (Left/Right/Top/Bottom)
Figure 9: Splitted Editor shown as two tabs

When the setting in disabled, then in case you split editor window vertically or horizontally
you'll get only one tab in the plugin, pointing to initial editor pane.
Additionally the position of the pane will be visible next to it's name. (Left/Top)
Figure 10: Splitted Editor shown as one tab

Navigation to linked TAB by

You can now choose how you would like to navigate from the Vertical Tabs to linked editor:

  • Selection (single click) - Default

  • Double-Click

Issues & Feedback

When you find some issues, or you have some ideas how to make this plugin better, or you simply want to give a feedback -> please use this Github project website GitHub - fidley/VerticalTabs: Project for Vertical Tabs - Eclipse IDE plugin to do so.


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Awesome!!! I love it!

Thanks for this great IDE enhancement, 28f4b37a40894f18a22abc696b8154f4
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Always a pleasure my friend!