There’s very useful ability in Visual Studio 2012 that is disabled be default – I don’t know why. It can be enabled through Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Tabs and Windows -> Show pinned tabs in separate row.
For example, this is VS window with default settings:
You can see that all tabs placed to single row. And some of them even hidden – to look at them – you should click drop down button at the right side of tabs row and select tab you’re looking for. Well, when you need more than four or five tabs at once (maybe a little more depending on your display size) – it quickly becomes very inconvenient experience.
After you turn on “Show pinned tabs in separate row” option… well, nothing changed. That’s because we haven’t pinned any tabs yet, of course. When you do – you’ll see something like that:
And even better: your pinned tabs will never hide under drop down button! When you pin more tabs than one row can take – another row appears:
It is almost as if Visual Studio 6.0 is back! Do you remember that VS 6.0 has multi-row tabs from the start and then in VS 7.0 this useful feature was removed for some reasons? Well, now it is back. And in conjunction with Preview Tab (you can find more info about it here) it shines even better than before.