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Support Tab Magic in SSMS 2012 ASAP

The VS-based "tool" is significantly less usable than SS2008R2. Tab Magic will significantly ease the pain of having to work with tabs in the limited manner SSMS2012 inflicts upon us, especially those of us livid over the loss of the MDI-mode!

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    StephenStephen shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Aaron BaumanAaron Bauman shared a merged idea: Allow TabMagic work in SQL Server 2012  ·   · 
    completed  ·  Jonathan WattsAdminJonathan Watts (Admin, Red Gate) responded  · 

    Hi there,

    An early access release of SQL Tab Magic is now available to download from and includes the following new features and enhancements:
    - Support for SQL Server Management Studio 2012.
    - Redesign of the user interface.
    - Single dialog for searching all tabs.
    - Empty tabs are no longer included in tab history nor opened on startup.
    - Stability improvements.

    This is the last release of SQL Tab Magic as a standalone product. The next early access release will incorporate SQL Tab Magic in SQL Prompt.

    We’d love to hear what you think. If you have any feedback, please leave a comment or email

    We are aware of a problem whereby all tabs are reopened when you launch SQL Server Management Studio, rather than only the tabs that were open when SQL Server Management Studio was last closed. If you encounter this problem, please email

    Many thanks,

    Jonathan Watts
    - Red Gate


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      • Damon ClarkDamon Clark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have been using this for a couple weeks and really like it. No issues except it opening all tabs twice.

      • meyerovbmeyerovb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Very impressed with the changes, integrating into sql search is great, and the new ui looks nice! I hope you've also addressed the random issue of occasionally opening infinite tabs on ssms startup, but beyond that this looks ready for prime time.

      • Ian Luke KaneIan Luke Kane commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Similar to Justin below, this is main reason I'm still using 2008. Would love to see this in 2012!

      • Kirk WilsonKirk Wilson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would love for tab magic to be available in SQL 2012. i just installed it last week to 2008 and am already hooked. I was disappointed to see that it's missing in 2012.

      • David AtkinsonAdminDavid Atkinson (Admin, Red Gate) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thanks Stephen, that's good to know. In other news I'm hopeful that in the first quarter of next year we'll be able to find some resource to tackle SSMS 2012 support for Tab Magic, <disclaimer> provided there are no huge technical hurdles </disclaimer>. for anyone else who is looking for this, please keep on voting, as this helps strengthen the case.

      • StephenStephen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The "disastrous overhaul" is really "Microsoft annihilated the MDI-mode", leaving us with 2 tabs on view ever as a max - pathetic and severely impactful re declined productivity.

        This Connect item ( attempts to appease MDI users with "hundreds of the overall quality and user experience improvements that are in SSMS 2012". Bah humbug! So far I've yet to see any Microsoft publication on: "How SSMS2012 is SO much better for SQL Developers" and as a 6-month and counting user of the new SSMS, I try to avoid it and use SSMS2008R2 as much as possible for my SQL2012 work.

        For those who may no longer have access to SSMS2008R2, the need for RG support in the retrograde SSMS2012 is essential.

      • GrahamWadeGrahamWade commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a MUST for SSMS2012 after Microsoft's disastrous overhaul of the User Interface.

      • Jason WilliamsJason Williams commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It was really nice having the tab magic integrated. However SSMS Tools offers a slightly better, but similar product. The draw back is that it is an extra cost on top of the redgate tools.

      • Claes WedinClaes Wedin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree completely.
        Im used to closing SSMS or tabs without bothering, since I easy can get them back!
        Also using Find to find the specific tab I am looking for is great!!

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