I have been reading and researching on multiple tabs, and one thing is pretty clear on the usability aspect, that having multiple rows of tabs is a pretty bad idea, and should be avoided. Also discussed here: Is it ever okay to have multiple rows of tabs?
However, if there needs to be a scenario for multiple tabs (which I am in), I could not find good alternatives or suggestions for accommodating them in a single row. I have come up with this UI, and would appreciate feedback/comments, if this is easy to comprehend/use?
1) Initially the tab row design, leaves space for that extra tab that could get selected.
2) So, if user selects a tab from the ones hidden in the drop-down, that tab shows up in the space.
Appreciate your time!
EDIT: To provide more context, there is certain limitation wrt release time/dev support - which called for maintaining the current tab structure. Since the scenario required incorporating more tabs, this was an attempt to see if this could be an option. But seeing the community response, I think I will push for moving away from tabs - which is pretty understandable too.