otHead I got a hot tip today on a piece of Chinese software that will make my life MUCH easier. Have you heard of OfficeTab?

OfficeTab gives your office applications tabs like Firefox introduced to the web way back when. (If you haven’t checked out Firefox 4 yet check out this post on where to find it as a portable application.)

Well if you are not into finding the latest and greatest software you probably never heard of it. But I am hear to show you what it is, how it works and how to grab it. Interested?

Good, I thought that would spark some interest!

Feel free to download OfficeTab from this link here http://hi.baidu.com/officecm/ 

BUT WAIT – the catch is that the site is NOT in English.

So you do not have to go through what I went through trying to figure out how to download this bad boy the direct download link lives here:http://files.cnblogs.com/wangminbai/OfficeTabv1.20.zip.

Which incidentally if you scroll down to the bottom of the product page it is the only link there. So no need for Google Translations today. The actual application IS multilingual so there are no issues there. Let’s take a look at how it works.

After downloading the application you have to install it. You will see a screen that looks like this after the initial next…

 

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Simply check the Microsoft Office Applications you want OfficeTab to work with. I left the only three that showed up checked. I guess you wouldn’t have a real need for it in Access or Outlook… (or would you??)

Finish your install and then check out the settings:

These are the Excel settings which start with the check box to enable the Tabs inside Excel. I left the rest of the settings alone until I really get into using the application.

 

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The other tabs include WordTab and PowerPoint Tab they are essentially identical. But peruse them and see if there is something that tickles your fancy like enabling custom colors, changing the hot key to switch labels and more. If you find a particularly helpful option let us know in the comments.

Hit apply if you change anything and let’s see how it looks in Word:

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Wow just like Firefox! Very cool and a lot handier than having to hit the task bar to switch between windows. All you need to do is open multiple files and they will each have there very own tab. Sweet!

let’s see how it works in excel:

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It works the exact same way in Excel as it does in Word. And guess what? It works the same exact way in PowerPoint as well. It could not be easier and this really helps my work flow.

Now here is a little hint that you Firefoxer’s will love you can open a new tab the same way you would in Firefox by simply double clicking the area where the new tab would appear. Go ahead and try it – we will wait.

See I told you we would wait. Wasn’t that worth it? For me this is going on all my systems where I use Microsoft Office. What do you think? Will this help you work faster? Do you know of other FREE MS Office Plugins? We would love to give them a try. Go ahead and leave them in comments – I dare you :)