Describes basis of Tab.

Tabbed browsing

QTTabBar adds tabbed browsing functionality to Window Explorer.

How to open a folder in new tab:

  • Middle-click on a folder icon*
  • Double-left-click with Ctrl key pressed*
  • Select the folder in view and press Ctrl + Enter key*
  • Select the "Open in New Tab" in the context menu of folder (figure. 1)
  • Drag folders or a tab and drop onto the tab bar
  • Capture a window opened by other applications, desktop, or start menu
  • Open Tab Group

To close tab:

  • Middle-click on a tab*
  • Click close button (x) of tab
  • Click close buttons in Command Bar
  • Select "Close" command in the context menu of the tab

*These are default setting and may vary depending on your settings.

Tab Bars

You can choose Tab Bar between top (figure. 2) and bottom (figure. 3).

Tab Group

This is a feature similar to bookmark. A group can contain multiple folders and it opens them at once.

To open a group

  • Select a group item in Group drop-down menu of the Command Bar button (figure. 4)
  • Select a group item in Group drop-down menu in Tab Bar context menu (figure. 5)
  • By keyboard shortcut that you assigned to a specific group
  • Execute QTTabBar Group File that you exported. Group File is shortcut file to groups

To add a folder to Group

  • Select "Add to Group" command in the context menu of tab to add the tab to an existing group
  • Select "Create new Group" command in the context menu of tab to create a new group containing the tab
  • By keyboard shortcut - Ctrl + Shift + G by default creates a new group from active tab
  • Edit in the Option window
See Tab Group section in Options page for other features and detailed information.

Drag & Drop

Tab can be drop target. You can copy or move files and folders by dropping on tab.
In addition, you can even drop into subfolder of subfolder of subfolder; drop-down menu will pop up after you wait a second or two over the tab. See Subfolder Menu for detailed info.

Of course tab can be drag source too. Drag and drop tab to desktop or other window, and new folder window will open.
According to your settings, dropping tab can copy or move its folder. See Tab Options

Manipulate Tab

Various ways to close tabs
  • Close all tabs on the left / right of specified tab.
  • Close all tabs except for specified tab.
  • Close tabs that are opened as members of a Tab Group.
  • Close tabs that are not opened as members of a Tab Group.
Lock a tab Locked tabs behave differently. By default, locked tabs are not closed by commands above.
As options, you can set locked tabs not to:
  • Start navigate. A new tab opens.
  • Get deactivated. If you try to acivate another tab, a new window opens.
  • Close window. A window that has a locked tab never close by pressing close buttons or Alt+F4.
Restore recently closed tabs Reopens tabs that are closed by a previous action. If no window, opens them in a new window.
This can be done by a tool named "RestoreWindow.exe". See Tools.

Other features

Folder Icon on Tab — Subfolder Menu

By click on folder icon of tab, Subfolder Menu is displayed and provide access to subfolders and parent folders.
By right-click on folder icon of tab, ancestor folder menu is displayed.


Background image and close buttons are skinnable. See Options.

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figure. 3 — Tab Bar at the bottom of the window.
figure. 4 — Tab Group menu is displayed.
figure. 5 — Tab Bar menu.