VSCode only showing one open tab

22 Nov 2021 in TIL

My VSCode instance has been refusing to show more than a single tab for a while, even with preview disabled and when double clicking on a filename to open.

Most blog posts talking about how to fix this have a similar resolution to this Stack Overflow thread. That is:

"workbench.editor.showTabs": false

This didn't work for me, nor did setting "workbench.editor.enablePreview": false

What worked for me is to lock a tab as opened by pressing Ctrl+K+Enter whilst the tab is focused. This updated the UI to show a tab bar and when I double clicked on another file it opened as expected.