What software can I use to add tabs to Windows 10?

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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3. Add Tabs to the Windows Desktop

Tabs would also be a handy addition to the Windows desktop. Stick is a program that adds notepad, folder explorer and Web browser tabs to the sides of the desktop.

Then you can browse websites, save some notes and open folders with the tabs.

  • Click the Download Stick 2.8 button on the software’s website to save the setup wizard. Or you can get it from MajorGeeks.
  • Open the setup wizard to add Stick to Windows.
  • When you first run Stick, a Getting Started with Stick dialog appears for the only time. You can add tabs to the desktop with that, but any other time you’ll need to right-click Stick’s system tray icon and select Tab Manager to open the window below.


  • Click Add Tab and select Notes from the drop-down menu. That will add a Note tab to the top of the desktop as below.


  • Now you can move the cursor over that tab to open the notepad shown in the snapshot below. This is a handy Notepad alternative for you to add notes to.


  • Open the Tab Manager window again, click Add Tab and select Navigator to open the My Explorer Tab in the snapshot below.


  • The My Explorer Tab is both a Web and folder browser. Enter a URL in the Address bar to open websites with it.
  • To open folders in the My Explorer Tab, you can select a folder button on its toolbar. That will open a Browse for Folder window you can open a folder in the tab with.
  • To configure the navigator tabs to open more specific folders when you select them, right-click the tab on desktop and select Explorer Properties to open the window below.


  • Click the URL/Folder button and choose a folder for the tab to open with. That becomes the tab’s home folder.
  • You can move tabs on the desktop by dragging them left and right. To move them to other sides of the desktop, right-click a tab and select one of the pin options on the context menu.

Update: It seems that the initial download link is no longer available on the tool’s official website. But you can use third-party download platforms to get the tool.

TinyTabs, Stick and Clover are just three of the software packages that bring tabs to Windows. WindowTabs, QTTabBar and TabExplorer are a few other programs that add tabs to File Explorer and application windows.

Hopefully Microsoft will consider adding tabs to future Windows platforms, but for now you can add them to the OS with third-party software.

As you all know Microsoft has already announced a similar feature called Sets. Basically, this feature groups File Explorer windows together. However, it seems that the tech giant hasn’t had the time to fully implement Sets into its new Windows 10 OS versions.

Since Microsoft is taking so long to actually bring Tabs to Windows 10, many users are wondering whether this is still a valid idea for the company or not.

Well, recent report suggest that Microsoft will focus heavily on bringing Tabs to File Explorer after it has completed the Chromium on Edge transition. And this may take a few more months.

Who knows, if everything goes according to plan, Tabs on Windows 10 might be available as a fully-fledged feature in 2020.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2016 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.