As a follow-up to my post about Visual Studio Pro Power Tools, I advise you to take a look at the following post from the VS team: Document Well 2010 Plus: Hidden Options.
It provides great options for further improving the appearance of tabs in Visual Studio 2010.
I've activated several options straight away, for example to hide the Pin button, to highlight the selected tab, to maintain tabs pinned, and to have tabs pinned appear in original order.
Here is what my tabs look like now:
- No Pin button (right-click is here for that)
- No Close button (CTRL+F4, middle-click, and the button at the end of the tab well are enough)
- No lost space (Min. tab size set to 20)
- Current tab highlighted