Several NetBeans users have been asking, for a long time already, for multi-row tabs in the NetBeans editor.
Read the list of use cases and requests around this area in the issue:
Today, Stan Aubrecht, the NetBeans Platform window system engineer, closed the above issue. Why? Because he fixed it. And it is part of NetBeans IDE 7.2. In the Options window, you'll see several new options in the Appearance tab:
Above, the "Tabs placement" and "Multi-row tabs" options did not exist before today. As you can see, not only will you be able to set multi-row tabs, but you'll also be able to set where the tabs should appear, whether they're multi-tab or not.
Here you see multi-row tabs, with "top" tab placement:
Multi-row tabs, with "bottom" tab placement:
Multi-row tabs, with "right" tab placement:
Of course, anyone creating their applications on the NetBeans Platform will automatically inherit this behavior too, if they're creating document-centric NetBeans Platform applications.
With this new level of flexibility, you're able to get even more comfortable in your development environment than before.