How To Add Tabbed Documents To Microsoft Word

Have you ever thought of having tabs for working with multiple documents in the single instance of MS Word? Just like the Ribbon uses tabs to offer you related commands in one place or just like IE 8 that offer tabbed browsing, it would be certainly be useful for you to have tabbed documents.

Isn’t that true? Well, the good news is that you can certainly have tabbed documents in MS Word. Let us now explore about it in detail.

Why Only Tabs For Working With Multiple Documents Simultaneously

This is a question that many geeks will come across, as there are many ways to work with multiple Word documents in the latest versions of Windows. However, at times, it is better to work with a full-screened interface wherein you can switch between the opened documents to edit or view them instead of switching between the windows. So, how you can work with tabbed documents in MS Word? Well, here is the answer

It Is Through The Doc Tabs Add-On!

Whether it is Word 2007 or 2010, Doc Tabs is an ideal add-on that enables one to introduce the tabbed interface for working with several documents at once. It is due to this free add-on that you can jump from one document to another in MS Word just like switching from one Web page to another in the Chrome browser.

Although this add-on works really well in Word 2007, it unfortunately results in the crashing of Word 2010 only while accessing Backstage.

How To Make The Add-On Available To MS Word

You need to download the Doc Tabs add-on from and then install it like a normal installation procedure. However, just ensure that MS Word is closed before starting with the installation.

During the installation, you might get a prompt for installing even the Visual Studio Tools if your computer does not have them. All you need to do is to accept the installation of the necessary components, which will be done automatically.

Lastly, you will be prompted again to confirm the installation of this customization tool. Here, just click the Install button to continue. With this, you are done with the installation after which you can open MS Word to see the Tabs bar below the Ribbon.

How To Use Tabs In MS Word 2007 or 2010

After the installation of Doc Tabs, now if you try to open the documents, you will see that they will open in a new tab, not in a new window. Further, you will see only a single icon for Word on the taskbar despite of opening multiple documents. In addition, you can see the Doc Tabs add-on in the Add-Ins tab.

Just click the titles on tabs to switch between the open files. You can also open a new document by double clicking a blank area near the last opened tab or close a document tab by clicking X at the end of the title.

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Alternately, you can also right-click a tab to open a new tab, close a tab, close all tabs, obtain add-on info, or to create a new tabbed document.

What’s The Problem In MS Word 2010

The Doc Tab add-on works fine if you are editing the documents in Word 2010. However, when it comes to opening the Office Backstage for saving or printing documents in the presence of Doc Tabs, Word 2010 tends to crash.

So, while performing these tasks, you need to turn off the add-on by selecting File --> Add-Ins tab --> Tabs button. If you re-click the Tabs button, you can again work with the tabbed documents.