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Dudi Lasry 6 years ago • updated by Mikaël Spruyt 6 years ago 2
As described here: http://www.sublimetext.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3629

Imagine having many files opened, but some of them are not currently in use, it would be easier to distinguish the active ones from the others if the background of tabs that are not in use will start to fade away.

The following image demonstrates the idea (the 2 last tabs faded due to inactivity). The tabs have different colors to demonstrate another idea (different colored tabs for each file type):


The idea of aging tabs is interesting, though more suited to a plugin.  So, if it's not possible already, make it possible through the API for a plugin to do this.  Now, carrying on with the aging idea: I don't like the idea of moving tabs around on people, but if my tab space is cluttered, it would be cool if you could make the old tabs grow smaller so my more heavily used tabs could be more readable. 

If the developers switch to notepad++ like behavior, where there are a lot of tabs and they start hiding tabs, the aging idea would be cool where older less used tabs would fade into the hidden area.  As it stands, Sublime Text's tab area doesn't handle tons of tabs too well, they just run off into nothing; they at least have the functionality to view open tabs on the side, or switch between them (if only I remembered the shortcut for it).  
The ading away of the colour is a nice idea, I have the firefox plugin for that and it helps me clean up my tabs more efficiently.
Letting the tabs fade away entirely isn't a good idea I think, if you'd like that implemented, let it be an additional option then..