The editor can have any number of "Tab Strips" (by this I mean the groupings of tabs that have the left arrow, right arrow, drop-down menu, and minimize/maximize buttons - if I use the wrong terminology please correct me.)
I could really use additional operations on these "Tab Strips".
First, to be able to apply an operation to all the files in the Tab Strip would really help.
Scenario: I have a mass change I need to make to files in a directory tree. I run a find at the top of that tree for files that contain text that shows me where the changes need to be made. I then open all the resulting files all at once, and they end up open all in the same "tab strip". After I have made all the changes (they cannot be done with a global replace) I want to Save the files, CVS Commit them, then Close them.
I can use "Save All" from the File menu to save. "Save All" on the Tab Strip would be better.
I can use "Show Changes" to list all the files I have changed and then select all the files in the list and commit them. "Commit All" (or any CVS operation) on the Tab Strip would be better.
But how do I close all the files on the Tab Strip, essentially closing the entire Tab Strip itself? The only thing I can think of is to sit there and click the "x" close button on each and every tab. Hundreds of files. What a monumental PAIN!!! At the very least, a CLOSE button on the Tab Strip is essential.
In [Bug 200847] I have previously requested an Enhancement to allow moving an entire Tab Strip into its own separate window.
"Tab Strips" -> "Tab Groups"
This old bug may not be relevant anymore. If you can still reproduce it in 8.2 development builds please reopen this issue.
Thanks for your cooperation,
NetBeans IDE 8.2 Release Boss