Vertical Task and Tab Bar

Torsten Kleinze asks (in German) who ever considered to put his task bar not at the top or bottom, but on the left or right edge of the screen. With 16:9 screens this makes quite some sense.

For many years now my task bar sits on the right edge of the screen. In KDE this works quite nicely. Only some applets are not (yet) displaying correctly.

I've also placed my tab bar in Opera on the right side. This has two main benefits:

  • You can keep more tabs open (about 50 with the great Breeze Simplified Skin)
  • You can read about 20 characters of the page title – regardless of how many tabs you have open
  • You have a little more vertical space. As most web sites have a vertical layout you usually do not miss the lost horizontal screen estate.

I suggest turning off Preferences->Advanced->Show close button on each tab. This saves some space on each tab. You don't need the (X)-Buttons as you can close a tab by middle-clicking on it.

There is also a Firefox extension that allows moving the tab bar. I haven't found it within one minute googling, however. If anyone knows its name, please tell me.

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  1. anonymous

     /  March 31, 2008

    Anonymous writes:I like this feature too, I have my windows taskbar vertically too. One thing this povides is the subtle but important feature of keeping tabs in a spatially constant position. With horizontal tabs/taskbar items, adding new tabs tends to compress the existing ones, and it changes relative position on the screen, vertical entries stay there, even if you add or delete tabs later and aids in finding the old items quicker without having to carefully read the entries. This subtle process can greatly speed up a GUI user in the long run. I only wish Opera supported resizing the vertical taskbar so it can take up less or more of the horizontal space for people who have widescreen or standard screens.

  2. anonymous

     /  June 24, 2008

    Anonymous writes:how can i change the width of the tabs on the tabbar in ver.9.50?

  3. raphman

     /  June 24, 2008

    AFAIK there is no way to alter the width of the tabs in the GUI. You will need to edit the skin file. Haven't done so, however

  4. jayziac

     /  April 23, 2009

    If you open up C:Program, then open the skin.ini file and look for the values:Pagebar max button width = 160Pagebar min button width = 160You can change those default pixels. Then repack the skin.ini into the (Opera can't be running) file and restart Opera.

  5. anonymous

     /  January 13, 2010

    energetyczny writes:Hi.Vertical tabs for firefox:

  6. the-dsc

     /  September 12, 2010

    I've used to use the custom button from the opera wiki, which makes the usual "windows" menu into a drop-down menu. This menu (usually disabled by default, I guess, I'm not sure because I've been using a menu-less customized interface for years) has the list of tabs/windows, closed tabs, and things like "maximize all", minimize all".But I've just managed to create a button with just tabs as a drop-down menu:Hold left-click, drag and drop to where you want it to be:tabsI don't really know much of the syntax at all, so I don't know how to make it have an icon instead of the "tabs" title, and my goal was to actually have it with double behavior, click for tabs menu, and hold for closed tabs menu. If anyone knows how to fix it for this behavior it would be very appreciated, and I think that not only by me. 😀 EDIT: I just found one that is a bit different in that, the second (hold) function is not closed tabs, but bookmarks. Which I think it's a bit better actually. And it has an icon instead of title: 2: People who like or prefer this window panel may also like the toggle panel button, instead of that lateral bar/column: last one on the linked section

  7. raphman

     /  October 22, 2010

    Cool. Thanks for sharing.

  8. anonymous

     /  February 18, 2011

    Anonymous writes:why didnt you say how to make the tabs vertical? duh? damn!


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