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Tips for the Law Practice — Improving Word with Tabs


We recently upgraded from Microsoft Office 2010 to Office 2013. To add to the change, we went to Microsoft 365, a cloud based framework.

For the most part the transition went smooth, largely because we have cooperative users who recognize the value of improved technology and the inconvenience that goes along with learning to use it effectively.

The feedback we have received has been positive. Office 2013 has many new features that help with productivity, efficiency and cloud integration.

Alone, Microsoft Office is a powerful tool but when you integrate Office with some of the available add-ins you can provide yourself added advantages. One such tool is the Office Tab add-in. It gives you the ability to tab your office documents into one view for ease of editing, browsing and managing. Think of the tabs in your browser and the ability to go from one tab to another without looking for a separate, open browser window. In addition, you can open, close and separate the tabbed documents as you need. That is what the tabs add-ins do in Word.

Tabs example

There are several vendors who have developed an Office Tab add-in. A simple Google search for Office Tabs will bring them up.

Here are a few suggestions.

  1. Office Tabs by Office Tabs Ltd.
  2. Office Tab by ExtendOffice.

Number (1) above is a free add-in and number (2) is $39.00; both for individual use. ExtendOffice also offers an Enterprise version and special pricing for multiple licenses. Both versions also integrate with Excel and Power Point in the same ways.

The article here at explains how to obtain and use the Office Tabs add-in.

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