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keithop 03-29-2010 02:39 PM

multi-line tab bar?

Just wondering if this is already a feature or if not can it be a request :)

For those of us who need to remain logged into many sessions at one time, the current tab line gets a scroll bar. This means we have to scroll to see the hidden tabs.

An option to have a second (or even third ;-) row of tabs would be an option I'd like to see

miked 03-29-2010 02:58 PM


Thanks for posting your suggestion/question. SecureCRT does not currently support rows of tabs but I have added your idea to our request database for consideration. If rows of tabs are implemented we'll post a follow up message here, and if you'd also like e-mail notification please let us know.

For most of my windows I can fit over one dozen tabs on the row before I start needing tab scrolling. How many tabs are you seeing before you see the arrows for tab scrolling?

keying 04-16-2010 01:46 PM

This can be a problem when you have long hostnames.

One workaround is to expand the width of the session window, but then this will also increase the columns. I've tried limiting using the Session Options, but the minimum width is limited to 132 columns. It would be nice to limit this to 80 columns so even if we expand the width of the session window, our tabs are still limited to 80 columns.

This can also be a problem if we want to keep the width of the session window small if we have multiple sessions going at once.

For example, let's say I wish to have 4 session windows with 20 tabs in each session window open at the same time but want to be able to see 100% of the contents of each session window at the same time.

Adding a feature to allow for multi-line tabs would allow us to retain the maximum width of the session window to allow for multiple session windows while also allowing for many more visible tabs w/o needing tab scrolling.

miked 04-16-2010 03:17 PM

Hello keying,

Thanks for your feed back. I've updated the feature request entry for allowing multiple rows of tabs, and we'll post here if this feature is added. Let us know if you would also like e-mail notification should this be implemented.

jonasjohn75 11-05-2017 04:29 AM

Is there any news for this feature ?

Maureen 11-06-2017 10:57 AM

Unfortunately, I'm not sure if this will be implemented. We use third-party libraries to provide the tab GUI support and they don't support multiple rows of tabs, so this would take a fair bit of work for us to implement.

Something we are considering implementing is a Connection Manager, which would be similar to the Session Manager, but would only contain the list of connected sessions. Would you find something like this useful?


jonasjohn75 03-23-2019 08:42 AM

Is there any updates on this feature/issue ?


bgagnon 03-24-2019 04:55 PM

Hi jonasjohn75,

There hasn't been any movement on implementing this feature. I'll check in with the SecureCRT product director and post here if there are any updates.

In the meantime, individuals interested in a multi-row/stacked button bar may also be interested in the new Command Manager that is available in the upcoming version. Currently the functionality includes the ability to copy existing buttons and button bars into Command Manager. Button Bars will be represented as a folder of commands (buttons).

Also Command Manager will allow filtering (similar to Session Manager) to find that special command or set of commands organized by folder in a way that multi-row/stacked button bars would never quite allow. :)

If you would like to try a pre-release that includes Command Manager, please send email to and reference "Command Manager functionality" in the subject line. If not emailing us from the email address associated with your VanDyke Software download account, then please include that email address in the body of your email.

TGP 04-03-2020 03:50 PM

Multi-Line Tab Bar
Any updates on the requested feature of Multi-Line Tab Bar. I have noticed that this thread has been going on since 2004, hopefully it is in the works :)

Maureen 04-03-2020 05:02 PM

Thanks for following up. We have looked into this and it would not be easy to implement with the third-party library we currently use for tab support. We are looking into alternatives that might make it easier to implement this.

Another feature we're considering implementing is an active sessions list that would be similar to the Session Manager, but would only contain the active sessions (connected and disconnected). Would you find something like this helpful?


TGP 04-03-2020 06:02 PM

Multi-Line Tab
Thank you for your prompt response. I am as many have already voiced their complaints about not having that feature available for those who are in a busy work environment and have many tabs open, really hope that VANDYKE finds a solution and come up with their own library or other libraries that will allow using multi-line tabs. It is really annoying not having that feature. Plus, this thread has been going on since 2010 for 10 years, I think if this was taken seriously we may have had this feature implemented by now. To answer your question about that session manager, yes, I would be interested at least that would be a step forward. Again, thank you for a great product, our ideas are to help make it greater and greater :)

Maureen 04-03-2020 06:46 PM

We will post something here if either of those features get implemented.


jonasjohn75 01-23-2021 07:34 AM

Ok, Now we are in 2021 but there is no such feature.
Is there any news ?

Maureen 01-25-2021 11:20 AM

Thanks for following up on this. We investigated implementing a multi-line tab bar and it proved to be difficult.

A feature planned for the next version of SecureCRT is an active session manager, which will allow you to see all the active sessions in a pane, similar to the Session Manager. It will also show the session connected status, allow searching/filtering, and activating a session in the list.

Please email me at if you would like to be notified when it's available for testing.


capsx 01-26-2021 10:10 PM


Originally Posted by jonasjohn75 (Post 54559)
Ok, Now we are in 2021 but there is no such feature.
Is there any news ?

I short: yeah - it's 2021 - and still no Multi-Line Tab Bar ...
So baaad ...

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