Showing tab bar when there is only one

Ankit Singla anksingla at
Mon Dec 10 10:09:11 EST 2007

Try the infopane options plugin at

Shreevatsa R wrote:
> I'm sorry to dig up an old issue, but I hate Pidgin's behaviour of not
> showing the tab bar when there is only one conversation.
> I have not been complaining, because the workaround is simply to keep
> open a dummy conversation with myself, but I'm wondering why I have to
> do this and why the default is so. I think there were comparisons to
> Firefox and gedit earlier, but I think both of them (Firefox at least)
> provide an option to keep the tab bar displayed always, and many people
> turn this on very quickly. 
> More importantly, the tab bar in Firefox and gedit is only cosmetic, so
> it doesn't matter much, but in Pidgin the tab bar is how I get the "is
> typing" notifications (its changing colour), and with the tab bar gone I
> have no way of telling if the other person is typing. (The tiny graphic
> in the far right which I have to stare at for several seconds to see if
> it is being animated or not doesn't count.)
> So actually, this is not so much a complaint about the tab bar, as a
> plea to have some useful typing notification even when there is only one
> tab open. Maybe the infopane could change colours, but a Finch/Gtalk
> style line of text near the input window would be even better. But
> failing that, the tab bar would be nice.
> Thanks,

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