Atom does not allow me to have more than 12 tabs open


#1

When I have 12 files (tabs) open, and want to open another tab, Atom closes one of the open ones, i.e. I can not see more than 12 tabs. It seems that there is a limit on the number of opened tabs.

I then installed the “multirow-tabs” package, hoping that this would allow me a larger number of tabs, but this also shows at most 12 tabs only, though nicely arranged in two rows.

I had expected some setting either in the “tabs” or in the “multirow-tabs” package, which would limit the maximum number of open tabs, although I don’t quite understand why such a limit is imposed in the first place, but anyway, there doesn’t seem to be such a setting.

Any help appreciated…


#2

Have you tried scrolling the tab bar?

I’ve got 19 open right now.


#3

Do you have some package installed that automatically closes them? For example the zentabs package does this. The easiest way to test if it’s caused by a community package is to start Atom in safe mode atom --safe.


#4

How can I scroll the tab bar? It doesn’t have a scroll button.

I don’t think that scrolling is the solution, because with multirow-tabs, the first row is filled completely and the second row is filled half, so there would be enough space to create tab number 13.


#5

I use two fingers on a Mac, but holding shift with a mouse wheel is also common for horizontal scroll.

But yeah, if you’re tabs are already on multiple lines, it may be a community package that’s causing it.


#6

I don’t have zentabs or something like this, so I was pretty convinced that it can’t be an effect from another package. Well, I was wrong: Restarting in safe mode showed that I then indeed don’t have any limit for the number of tabs.

After some research, I found that the culprit was the package close-other-tabs. According to the documentation, this package does

…close inactive tabs using option-command-w

It seems that this package does more then this: It obviously closes inactive tabs without being told! After disabling this package, everything works fine now.


#7

The zentabs package can be configured to manual mode and close inactive tabs (The least recent) with a command instead of automatically. I have it configured that way and it’s great. You may want to try that out as a replacement for close-other-tabs!