Merge your windows into tabs on macOS Sierra

Thanks to macOS Sierra, applications now have to opportunity to use tabbed windows instead of multiple windows. From 4D v16 R3, 4D Developer Edition 64-bit can take advantage of this Apple’s new feature for the design environment.

The type of windows that can be tabbed are Methods and Form Editors windows. Other windows as explorer or tools for instance remain separate.

As in every application based on tab windows:

  • each tab can be moved to a new window by dragging the tab out of the tab bar.
  • each tab can be moved to another existing window.

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Tabs can be selected using keyboard shortcuts (usually Ctrl + left or right arrow) and all separate windows can be merged at once as tabs into a single window using the “Merge all windows” option in menu bar.

This feature is based on macOS System Preferences and on 4D Preferences, exclusively available from macOS Sierra.Window tabs on MAC OS Sierra

For more details, please refer to the “Window tabbing” section in the documentation.

Roland Lannuzel

• Product Owner & 4D Expert •

After studying electronics, Roland went into industrial IT as a developer and consultant, building solutions for customers with a variety of databases and technologies. In the late 80’s he fell in love with 4D and has used it in writing business applications that include accounting, billing and email systems.

Eventually joining the company in 1997, Roland’s valuable contributions include designing specifications, testing tools, demos as well as training and speaking to the 4D community at many conferences. He continues to actively shape the future of 4D by defining new features and database development tools.